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Kendrick's view of Christian devotion involves only trivial sacrifices and offers a gospel of self-help that masks its wider doctrinal implications.
An affluent African-American family is going through some domestic issues: Husband loses job, daughter is being ignored, mother has a foot-odour situation - the usual. The answer? Submit to a resurrected carpenter.
War Room is the most slickly made faith-based film I've seen yet in terms of production values, but that doesn't make it quote-unquote good, per se.
It's clear that the film, though proselytizing only at itself, is at least savvy enough to realize that "itself" doesn't necessarily look like Mike Huckabee or Pat Robertson.
Spirituality can be a beautiful thing to explore in cinema, but "War Room" has no interest in engaging its audience on a personal level.
By far the most slickly produced and insistently evangelical movie yet from the sibling team of Alex and Stephen Kendrick.
All kinds of kitschy, in a frankly rather enjoyable way.
Slick production values cannot overcome a preachy script full of strained metaphors delivered by wooden actors. Like a corporate promo video for God.
If faith-based films want to be taken seriously as cinema, they deserve to be held to the same standards as any other feature.
This is no mere entertainment. It's an instructional video.
Despite a few fumbles, this moving film about the power of prayer still packs quite a punch.
[The faith-based] audience will respond to the movie's sunny, squeaky-clean look (courtesy of cinematographer Bob M. Scott) and the fervent sincerity of the performances. Let others be warned: the sermonizing is nonstop,
This is an evangelical movie that will do nothing to convince those not already converted to its message, which, if you think about it, is a pretty shoddy sort of evangelism.
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