Critic Review - BrianOrndorf.com

A valiant effort, but Courageous is such a clumsy motion picture, incapable of delivering its critical messages without displaying some of the most cringe-inducing filmmaking of the year.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Comments (53)
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Fr-James Netusil

Fr-James Netusil

Yes, for those without any sense of moral responsibility, it would seem clumsy. For those of us who love the Lord and families, it is a masterpiece.

Oct 1 - 06:49 AM

Ervin  T.

Ervin Trent

You and the rest of indoctrinated, brainwashed evangelicals - get a grip. You question a man's morals just because he doesn't like your crappy sermon disguised as a film.

This film is laughable simplistic. It argues that anybody who doesn't grow up a with a father figure ends up in a doo-rage taking down liquour stores.

Bad time to be making that arguement when the big guy in the Whitehouse never even knew his daddy.

Oct 2 - 12:30 PM

Ervin  T.

Ervin Trent

You and the rest of indoctrinated, brainwashed evangelicals - get a grip. You question a man's morals just because he doesn't like your crappy sermon disguised as a film.

This film is laughably simplistic. It argues that anybody who doesn't grow up a with a father figure ends up in a doo-rage taking down liquour stores.

Bad time to be making that arguement when the big guy in the Whitehouse never even knew his daddy.

Oct 2 - 12:31 PM

Ervin  T.

Ervin Trent

You and the rest of indoctrinated, brainwashed evangelicals - get a grip. You question a man's morals just because he doesn't like your crappy sermon disguised as a film.

This film is laughably simplistic. It argues that anybody who grows up a without a father figure ends up in a doo-rage taking down liquour stores.

Bad time to be making that arguement when the big guy in the Whitehouse never even knew his daddy.

Oct 2 - 12:32 PM

Jason Gazaille

Jason Gazaille

That's hardly the case. One of the lead actors, afraid to let his daughter go with anyone, grew up without a father. The film points out chances are much higher for children to grow up with problems without a father... Did you see the film or did you forget who the main characters were and their backgrounds?

Oct 2 - 07:36 PM

Katie Parker

Katie Parker

Correct, Courageous was a truly heroic effort! But I did fail to see how it was "clumsy", "cringe inducing" or "incapable of delivering it's critical message." Did we see the same movie? because Courageous was one of the most moving and uplifting movies I have ever seen... and very well made and acted for the budget they were on in my opinion.
In a world where real men are seriously lacking, this is a movie that calls men to step up and BE MEN! Be great fathers and husbands and men of God. If people get hold of the real message of this movie it could change families everywhere.

Oct 2 - 08:18 PM

Devon Hickle

Devon Hickle

So, men that aren't "of God", aren't real men? That's a sad view.

Oct 19 - 08:29 AM

theleadpencil

todd alexander

Sorry Deacon James N, I would like to imagine you are a nice guy but the fact that you presume anyone who finds this film clumsy is a person who has no sense of moral responsibility clearly reveals you as a prick. I hope you enjoy the view from your high horse. It probably complements your distorted view of reality quite well.

Oct 7 - 06:02 PM

Bryce Danley

Bryce Danley

Don‚??t listen to a few irrelevant critics ‚?? go see Courageous ‚??it is well worth your time and money.

The only time it is ok to be ‚??preachy‚?? is when you have something that really needs saying. I wouldn‚??t expect a person who is a professional movie critic to understand this ‚?? most of them seem to have their own hidden agendas shrouded under a very thin veneer, their so-called, ‚??artistic objectivity.‚??

The truth is, America has a huge fatherhood problem and for some time now, it hasn‚??t seemed that we are facing that issue, or any other of our wonderful country‚??s major problems, with anything that seems like courage. ‚??Courageous‚?? is a film that addresses many of those issues an inspiring and enjoyable way.

In our household, everyone (two of us in our 40‚??s, our teen, and our pre-teen) really enjoyed the film. That sounds like at least 3 ‚??demographics‚?? may disagree with critics like the Orlando Sentinel‚??s Roger Moore. Many of the people in the crowded showing we attended laughed out loud on quite a number of occasions and clapped at the end, not to mention some sniffling during impactful/thoughtful moments throughout.

I view this film as counter-cultural in at least one very important way: it combats the extremely common Hollywood portrayal of fatherhood. If a person tried to learn about being a dad using today‚??s television and film media, they would choose from the following characteristics : cowardly, compromising, cruel, stupid, hypocritical, disinterested, unfaithful, absent, irrelevant, and either over-focused on work or lazy ‚?? take your pick. Most stereotypically of all, however, the modern media almost always portrays fathers as in desperate need of wisdom/perspective from their young children- movie dads don‚??t lead anywhere ‚?? they stand around waiting to be led by their offspring and their wives ‚?? they have virtually nothing to offer their on-screen families. It is extremely rare that a movie or television dad is shown as a leader, or as loving, present, intentional, enjoyable, or in-love with his wife.

With that in mind, I was glad that Courageous‚??s important themes weren‚??t hidden under layers of ‚??artistic‚?? ambiguity. These messages are needed so badly in new millennium America and the fact that they are delivered in such an entertaining, crowd-pleasing way makes it all the better.

I was also struck by the contrast between the film I gladly paid for and the movie trailers that were thrust upon me and my family - most notably the upcoming oversexed remake of the 1980‚??s hit ‚??Footloose‚?? ‚?? I found the trailer to be offensive and completely out of place ‚?? go figure.

I‚??m sure I‚??m not the only person who values a movie experience that is entertaining, inspiring, uplifting, and affirms values that I cherish. I‚??m simply not drawn to the standard fare being thrown at us today ‚?? revenge killing films, films full of unrealistic, casual, and consequence-free sexual escapades, fear-based ‚??thrillers‚?? about disasters and diseases, and biographies about people who lived their famous lives poorly. Yuck.

For me and my house (and my money, come to think of it) we‚??d prefer to make better choices. And this weekend, we are all really glad we saw Courageous.


Oct 1 - 07:40 AM

Connor Johnson

Connor Johnson

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Oct 4 - 07:05 PM

eyetolduso

Melvin Hermille

Is that some kind of text messaging code? If you're doing that to be cool, just stop. It is nothing but 100% annoying (like your opinion).

Oct 21 - 03:49 AM

Todd Little

Todd Little

Clumsy? You can criticize the film making all you like, but I'd much rather see a well done movie with a fantastic message than a fantastically done movie with a lousy message. Based upon your comments I'd guess you're not a dad nor had much of a dad. For those of us with children, a better movie can't be found.

Oct 1 - 10:18 AM

Andrew Hess

Andrew Hess

It's also great for people who need movies to tell them how to behave!

Oct 7 - 12:30 PM

Todd Little

Todd Little

Given the number of kids growing up without fathers, yes, someone DOES need to tell them what to do. Far too many men have grown into spineless little boys that ignore their responsibilities as a father.

And the statistics in the movie bear this out, children growing up without a father around are far more likely to fail at life than those whose father is present and involved.

Oct 8 - 07:38 AM

Justin D.

Justin D.

One of my closest friends grew up w/o his dad and he's running for city counsel in Yonkers. Another of my friends didn't have his dad and he's an aspiring actor. Oh and I know another guy who didn't grow up w/ his dad and he's got a wife and is highly active in his church. Oh and did I mention they're all black too? If the creator of this film met these folk his head might explode. "Father-less black people doing well? Does...not...compute..." BOOM! Seriously, this movie's depiction of the world could only have come from a person w/ a very narrow minded perspective, someone w/ very limited interactions w/ those of other cultures and ethnic groups.

Nov 1 - 05:53 PM

Todd Little

Todd Little

Clumsy? You can criticize the film making all you like, but I'd much rather see a well done movie with a fantastic message than a fantastically done movie with a lousy message. Based upon your comments I'd guess you're not a dad nor had much of a dad. For those of us with children, a better movie can't be found.

Oct 1 - 10:18 AM

Rouge Valley

Rouge Valley

I saw this last night. There were a few hokey clumsy moments, but you do a disservice in your review that you don't mention the great humour and the truly moving moments that make this a good movie to see. I would recommend it. The Christian element is heavy, but boy, when you look at all of the broken families out there, this movie hits it on the head - dad's need to give more effort to making it work and being role models for their wives and children.

Oct 1 - 02:47 PM

Julie Thomas Durden

Julie Thomas Durden

Thank you, I couldn't agree more. This is by far the best review on either side of the argument. Even if you don't get into the "preachy" elements of the film, it still send a great message that many need to hear.

Oct 22 - 12:20 PM

Joe Durika

Joe Durika

How sad that the message "children need fathers" and the use of tragedy, deception, and redemption is seen in today's culture as "clumsy" and "cringe-inducing." I read another review at Salon.com that basically derides the entire film for being anti-woman.

"Courageous" is just that...a shout out for men to have the courage to man up and take real responsibility for the physical, emotional, and yes, spiritual health of their families.

Oct 1 - 03:43 PM

Dawn Palmer

Dawn Palmer

It must be lonely being you... Maybe thats why you wrote the review that you did ~ a small cry for attention to sustain yourself until the next rotten comment.

Oct 2 - 05:09 AM

Oscar White

Oscar White

wow, maybe if I pay $15 dollars a year for a website with my name on it I, too, can become a famous (albeit ignorant) movie critic.

Oct 2 - 01:46 PM

Ausautas V.

Ausautas V.

I hope it's as unintentionally hilarious as Fireproof.

Oct 8 - 04:28 AM

Steve Horspool

Steve Horspool

I didn't know a guy giving his "opinion" on a movie was an all out attack on your religion. Some of you need to get a grip on reality and step out into the real world. You liked the movie? Fine. But just because someone else disagrees with your "opinion", it doesn't make them wrong or you right. And some of you self proclaimed "good people of god" sure don't think twice about judging and attacking people over there beliefs. This is a movie review site not your church pulpit. Let's have some respect for the other well mannered people on here.

Oct 8 - 08:39 AM

Troy M.

Troy Mendez

Real world? Let's see my real world. As Christians, my friends from school and I were not allowed to even meet at the flag pole before school began simply to pray for our day to go well. We did not speak to anyone else, nor did we invite anyone to join us; it was simply a gathering of friends from my church to pray for a few minutes.
We were stopped immediately and were told prayer at school was prohibited. My friend, we are attacked and hindered at every corner and it's getting worse. Forgive us for responding harshly to a critic who obviously is attacking the ideas of the movie, not the actual film making. If you read his entire review he claims the people that need the message of the film will not be viewed by people who need it most. How does he know that? I've already seen examples of that being wrong. In addition, it may be preaching to the choir, but the truth is many Christians are not doing their part as Dads. This movie surely brought certain issues to light in my own life and no doubt has done the same for others. But honestly, how can he know those who need the message of the movie will not view it? Much of his opinions are more centered around trying to discourage people to see it; perhaps those people he claims need it most. After reading his review they may not view it that's for sure. But rarely did he even mention the actual film making quality and they times he did he never game specific examples of any scenes.
In my real world, it is almost a daily event that people attack Christians and our beliefs. And even though we do voice our beliefs openly, never do we force those beliefs to others since God does allow free will. Never has any Christian tried to pass a law stopping inappropriate content in movies, we simply do not watch them, but they are there for those who wish to do so.
But as a person who loves movies and has for years, this movie is done very well. Sure the special effect do not compare with Hollywood blockbusters, that's a given.
In short, I respect anyone's opinion. But only so long as they are honest in their motivation and beliefs. He should just come out and say he hates the message. Heck, even I could give an example of second rate filming. There is a part where the Character Javier calls his wife at home. The camera shot covering her is shaky, but his camera shot is very still. Obviously hers was rushed or something, but it could have been better. He never mentioned it.

Oct 10 - 11:26 PM

Monica Barry

Monica Barry

Sorry, Troy, your story smells like pure crap to me. Prayer IS allowed in school so long as it is not led by a school official. You would do well to check Supreme Court rulings prior to fabricating tales to prop up your Poor Persecuted Christian fantasy. And if your story does happen to be true, I would fully endorse your or any other person's right to sue the crap out of any school that prohibited you from praying. I also support the rights of your fellow students to giggle at you for not being content to pray at church and home.

Oct 18 - 09:19 AM

John Stevens

John Stevens

So basically we have a film that, when criticized for being heavy handed, that critic is attacked in the most heavy handed way as being "not much of a father", lacking "a sense of moral responsibility" and the puke-inducing claim he must be "lonely." Maybe this critic is a good father, has a strong sense of moral responsibility, and isn't lonely. Maybe, just maybe: The movie sucked.

Oct 9 - 06:34 PM

Troy M.

Troy Mendez

Very doubtful. A good father would know and recognize the truths about being a good father. About spending time with your kids and training them to be good adults. About calling out the man in their sons.
A good father would not tear down these truths regardless of where it comes from. A good father would at least applaud the efforts being made to encourage men to take more responsibility for their families; a concept that is honorable for even non-Christian men.
Ignoring these themes and making ridiculous claims such as calling the film a clumsy motion picture really show that this critic has no sense of morality. Furthermore, it shows his disbelief or even hatred for Christianity.
Everyone has their opinions, but this guy doesn't even have the guts to admit the movie shows real-life situation that people can relate to. Losing a loved one, being a good Dad and husband, forgiving those who do harm to you, learning about the harm we do to others when we act selfishly, being proud of working hard to support your family, loving and supporting your friends through times of difficulty, cherishing every moment you have with your children and loved one because you never know what may happen, all good lessons from this movie regardless of your religious beliefs. Too bad this critic could not look past his contempt for Christians to even see those good things.

Oct 10 - 10:58 PM

Troy M.

Troy Mendez

Very doubtful. A good father would know and recognize the truths about being a good father. About spending time with your kids and training them to be good adults. About calling out the man in their sons.
A good father would not tear down these truths regardless of where it comes from. A good father would at least applaud the efforts being made to encourage men to take more responsibility for their families; a concept that is honorable for even non-Christian men.
Ignoring these themes and making ridiculous claims such as calling the film a clumsy motion picture really show that this critic has no sense of morality. Furthermore, it shows his disbelief or even hatred for Christianity.
Everyone has their opinions, but this guy doesn't even have the guts to admit the movie shows real-life situations that people can relate to. Losing a loved one, being a good Dad and husband, forgiving those who do harm to you, learning about the harm we do to others when we act selfishly, being proud of working hard to support your family, loving and supporting your friends through times of difficulty, cherishing every moment you have with your children and loved one because you never know what may happen, all good lessons from this movie regardless of your religious beliefs. Too bad this critic could not look past his contempt for Christians to even see those good things.

Oct 10 - 11:00 PM

yankeedjw

Daniel Jones

I am a Christian and I am embarrassed by the comments on here. Let's look at how this logic works:

Critic: "It was a good try, but the filmmaking just wasn't up to par."
Christians: "You immoral, lonely, bad father!"

The logic of thinking someone who doesn't like the movie not only disagrees with it's message, but is automatically against the message is some of the dumbest, most ignorant thinking I've ever heard.

I haven't seen the movie and don't care too now, if it's target audience is bitter, judgmental people. As a Christian I don't want to be associated with them.

Oct 12 - 03:39 PM

Troy M.

Troy Mendez

Nice try. But either you didn't read the full review or you lie about your faith. How can anyone think his review is only about film making quality. He never once gives one scene where the actual quality was bad.

"The cops are thinly drawn figures of questioning, saddled with miserable banter and crocodile tears......" doesn't sound like criticism of the actual quality of the film. Not one critic gives any specifics on where the actors fail in giving a solid performance. Furthermore, most of them refuse to at the very least applaud the lessons of the film which are good lessons regardless if you are Christian or not.

Sorry, I don't buy it. I wasn't born yesterday to be fooled that these critics are strictly unbiased in their review. If they were it would not be many negative points and MAYBE a half of one positive point.

The absolute dumbest statement most of them make is knocking the movie for being a sermon on the big screen. DUH, that's the point of making the movie is to get Christian messages out there. Why does anyone even think they even tried to hide that fact?

Oct 12 - 11:55 PM

yankeedjw

Daniel Jones

How dare you question my faith based on a comment on a movie? I'm not going to argue it with some judgmental commenter online. I'm sure I would agree with the message of the film, but I haven't seen it because their last few movies have been of such poor quality that I will wait to see it for free, if at all.

And criticisms of the script ("thinly drawn figures") are criticisms of the film's quality.

Oct 13 - 04:19 AM

Troy M.

Troy Mendez

God bless you bro. Regardless if you are trying to play the role of a Christian that doesn't support other Christians for making a Godly movie with lessons for everyone. You'd be the first that I've heard about that is waiting to watch it for free because of it's "quality" regardless of the wealth of wisdom and knowledge it has for people. This was my date night movie last week and it was so good, my wife and I took family members to see it. The message was that powerful. I was happy to support the efforts of Godly people trying to spread the word of God. But sadly, I suppose some Christians may ignore the substance of the movie because the camera quality or whatever else outshines everything else so much. As for myself, I'm not expecting Oscar winning special effects and cinematography, but then again, that's not what's important to me. I agree whole-heartedly with Deacon James N's comment which is the top comment posted. For those of us who love the Lord and families, it is a masterpiece. It really makes a person look at how they are living. Furthermore, I support the Godly people who made it so much I will also purchase official study guides that will no doubt help my household learn God's word more in depth. Enjoy the "higher quality" Hollywood films my friend. And again God bless you and be with you.

Oct 13 - 10:16 PM

ttmab7

Brandon P

Thank you for being one of the few Christians on here to display an actual Christian attitude, instead of being a close-minded bigot like Troy here. Being Christian does not automatically make it a good movie, and being secular doesn't automatically make a movie 'immoral'.

Nov 6 - 08:57 PM

yankeedjw

Daniel Jones

I'm not trying to play any role. I don't know what you are talking about. It boggles my mind that that just because I dislike a piece of entertainment that I think is poor quality regardless of it's message, that you keep questioning my faith. I get a wealth of knowledge from many sources, including the Bible, so why would I pay for something I won't enjoy just because certain people with lower standards say I should? I believe God calls us to excellence, and while I appreciate the efforts of these filmmakers, I think Christians should hold themselves to a much higher standard. I look at films as art that should reflect God as the magnificent Creator He is. I'm sorry if that bothers you to the point of insulting and judging me and others who don't agree with you. For all the great messages in the film, apparently it doesn't touch on love, and if it does, you sure don't practice it.

Oct 14 - 07:53 AM

Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald

Don't bother with Troy M, yankee. He's here to call out all the "fake" Christians, he's certainly not being judgmental. But seriously, the critic calls this film a shit piece of cinema, and suddenly Troy turns that into an all out assault on Christianity. Get the massive chip on your shoulder examined. What kind of asshole questions Orndorf's parenting skill just by reading his review anyway??

Oct 14 - 10:44 PM

eyetolduso

Melvin Hermille

To all of you people ripping critics who didn't like this contrived piece of propaganda and who say that this kind of movie is needed because of its "message", I have a question:

What are the Christian churches on every other street corner of this country for? Do the Sunday sermons not teach about being good fathers and good husbands? It takes a movie to get that message out to the faithful? I'm truly baffled by this and would appreciate an explanation. Thanks.

Oct 21 - 03:58 AM

Kahless

John Taylor

I'm a Christian myself, and I go to movies to be entertained. I would enjoy an entertaining movie that also had a good Christian message but it seems that this film wasn't that entertaining (at least to most of the critics). A good example of a very entertaining movie with a good biblical message is The Ten Commandments; if you gave me a film with great acting and effects like that, I would flock to the theater every time. Like another poster said, I may see this movie when it's free.

Oct 21 - 06:00 AM

eyetolduso

Melvin Hermille

Oh, I wholly agree with you about The Ten Commandments and I'm not a Christian. Awesome movie. Epic story, great set pieces, great performances.

What baffles me is that I've seen a dozen times (at least) where someone champions this film with the specific praise that the "message" (their word, not mine) of fatherhood and being a good husband is sorely needed and so this film is necessary. And I have to wonder what purpose the countless Christian churches serve if a 2 hour movie is filling the critical thinking void of this rather basic and pervasive aspect of society? To have seen this point brought up as often as I have doesn't speak well of the performance of churches. In this very thread here you've got one guy accusing someone of not being a dad or of having a poor father because he didn't care for the movie. I say the poor father is the one who needed this movie to point him towards the proper methods of fatherhood. Seems like he and/or his church would have worked that out.

Oct 21 - 07:53 AM

Kahless

John Taylor

There are some bad churches out there but a movie shouldn't teach you about life...that's what your parents are for. If there were fathers in this film that were not good fathers, then either they had a bad role model, no role model or some serious psychological issues. Scripture does have many stories that can be used as life lessons, but movies are meant for entertainment. Sure, have a good message but give me some great entertainment as well.

Oct 22 - 10:43 AM

Justin D.

Justin D.

To me the fact that these movies make money is irrelevant. All that proves is that Christians love to watch Christian crap. But isn't the whole point of their faith to convert people to the word of their deity? Fat chance of pulling that off when they constantly portray the nonbelievers they wish to convert as amoral reprobates (and you gotta love the not-so-subtle racism). How does the Christian church expect to convince anyone when they won't recognize the way they portray the non-Christian world is tragically misguided and far from factual? I know that's what they wish it looked like but wishing (or praying...same shit) isn't going to make it a reality.

Nov 1 - 06:02 PM

Richard Hanks

Richard Hanks

smh i really wish everyone on this comment page cud meet Jesus Christ himself. a perfect example of love, respect, and integrity. Then maybe there wudn't be this back and forth with christians and non-believers. No one is listening but everyone is talking. everyone has an opinion."Slow to speak and quick to listen" this idea wud open a lot more hearts and minds to accept and respect others opinions and views. We're all on equal ground Christians and non-christians alike. yet christians are favored by God because of our faith in christ. I loved the movie, yes because of my faith and because it was entertaining. this critic didn't like it, but for wateva reason he didn't i don't know. i wasn't there when he wrote the review yea i have my opinion of why he didn't like it but that may not be the case with this guy. i can't speak ill about his life because he disliked a christian base film. It's natural for us(people in general) to have bias comments and opinions about one another. if he's not a man of faith i wudn't expect him to see it the way i do. but for the sake of his life and his soul i hope he got something out of it. brothers in christ wat we can do is pray that God wud touch those with hard hearts, so that they'll be more receptive of the gospel mesg. for those who don't believe, GOD BLESS YOU! :) Jesus Christ is the way, the only way to salvation. he forgives all ur sins past, present, and future. we were created to serve God and be like his son. say wat u want about my beliefs, but this is wat i believe to be true. God loves u guys as well. Christ doesn't condemn you, he died to save you. but with out him God will condemn you for ur sins. when we die we answer to him. NO ONE ELSE! he holds eternity. both heaven and hell. where do you wanna be?

Jan 19 - 08:17 PM

Joanna Davies

Joanna Davies

Good answer Richard H; I will agree that at times, the acting was a bit heavy-handed, and the dialogue could have been improved at times (though it is superior to what I would be able to produce). Certainly, it was no worse than many secular movies I have seen recently, such as Clint Eastwood's "spaghetti westerns," which I've had the misfortune to be introduced to. And, most movies do carry a message/moral of some kind, this one is just more open about that message, and it is a message that I happen to agree with: Christ is the only means of salvation we have, and more men need to learn to truly BE men. I see the need for this more and more in my work in a children's psychiatric hospital; for men to live with honor and courage, teaching their sons how to live, and their daughters how to expect to be treated by other men, and to be strong in holding out for that kind of man, and not settling for less. Ok, done with my soap-box for the day. Movie had some truly poignant moments at which I cried, and I laughed out loud a few times, and will be watching it again.

Feb 27 - 08:36 PM

Gabriel Sloane

Gabriel Sloane

I saw this movie just a couple of hours ago. I am a dad of two boys and I am a christian man. I think that it is very sad to read posts that very childlike, with name calling and quick responses. This movie is religious yes, but the big picture is that we as dads need to step up and do better, spend more time with our kids and families. Who wouldn't want to do that anyway? It's time the men in America grow up and take control of your lives and families. Stop acting like you're in high school. I'm ashamed of the men that I see, and I see the worst in people every day.this movie doesn't hit anyone over the head or force anything upon you. It did kick me in the stomach and opened my eyes. Open your eyes and see what in front of you. It's your life. And wasn't this country built on Godly values. I can only imagine what this country would be like if it hadn't. Oh, and it doesn't say that if you don't believe in Christ that you are not a man. That is on you and how you look at it. Are you feeling guilty about something?

Dec 4 - 05:49 PM

Cindy Newman

Cindy Newman

I loved this film also. What disappoints me is the anger I see from people over a Christian film. It was made to bring people together not tear them apart. I think Christians have a hard time seeing the hostility from people even over a simple christian film and do not know how to respond to it. It can sometimes bring out the worst in us and we always have to remember that God called us to be a good witness. We are Gods people and do not belong to this world. We must continually pray for Gods guidance in these very troubling times.

Jan 6 - 08:24 PM

Joanna Davies

Joanna Davies

I agree with you Cindy. And, we shouldn't be surprised at the hostility of responses from non-Christians, as we are reminded of in 2 Corinthians 2:15-17. I do feel dismayed over similar, ad hominum, attacks from Christians. We don't have to be concerned, God is God, He is on the throne and is in control. While I am all for taking a firm stand for righteousness, we don't have to be bitter and petty name-callers in that stand. 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 reminds us that "1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing."

Feb 27 - 09:09 PM

Kirk Thomas

Kirk Thomas

Perhaps you, Mr. Orndorf, judge this movie by different standards than Christians use. This movie brings home the point of being a Christian father & having a Christian relationship with your children......the traditional family unit. Maybe one of the problems of film critics, when judging Christian movies, is that they.......aren't Christians.......and they just don't "get it".

This movie, displaying Christian principles, is much better to me, a Christian, than some of the filth that some secular movies spew forth on the silver screen.

Dec 29 - 08:43 PM

KevinandKaela Stafford

KevinandKaela Stafford

These actors are working for free, you've got to remember that. their main purpose is to get a message across. even though i think they did a phenominal (sp?) job at acting, the few people that did not need to look past that and focus more on the message they are trying to portray. And that is that God has called fathers to be the head of the household for a reason. and so many fathers are stepping down from that role today and that is why the world is going in the toilet...i firmly believe that it started in the home, where there was not a strong leader. The men on this world are hear for a purpose, and that is to lead their families in a Godly way

Jan 4 - 08:57 AM

Franky Nortelwits

Franky Nortelwits

...And to think ti did all this at a mere fraction of the cost of a ?real? movie. Tell me Mr Orndorf, do you ever get nosebleeds living at your altitude?

True, it?s not an overly-processed Hollywood movie. It was made with lots of volunteers and plenty of donations.

What the movie does do is offer hope. Life is not easy; it?s messy and often seems unfair. Choices we make have consequences and affect others for the good or bad. ?God? is not simply a genie to rub when you want things to turn out your way?that a child?s (and a fool?s) way of thinking.

The characters are portrayed as real people going through real struggles and finding real strength from their faith.

This movie is NOT for the faint of heart, and you?d better have a box of Kleenex handy if you do watch it.

For the courageous amongst us this movie is a blessing!

Jan 7 - 06:03 PM

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