94 Feet Review

94 feet is the story of a small town mining community steeped in tradition. With a mining history going back for generations, the town learns that the mine is downsizing and many will lose jobs. With the town in upheaval, tensions are high and decisions need made. Through all this the unthinkable happens and there is a collapse in the mine with miners inside.

This movie had a lot of unmet potential. As a Christian movie, we expect to see an inspiration movie that points towards Christ. However, 94 feet came off overly preachy with outstretched scenes of prayer, which are great when done right, however these scenes were in multiples and sacrificed the plot and character development and unresolved questions within the plot. 94 feet was a tough movie to get through, overall the acting was sub-par and the writing needing to spend more time in development.

I love that Christian movies are more wide spread and accessible, however, there needs to be more focus on content and quality for Christian movies rather than just creating tons of accessible movies. I would rather fewer movies that are great over numerous mediocre movies. Christian movies are a great ministry tool, but if they sacrifice showing the Gospel and resort to turning preachy they will turn people away rather than sharing the love of Christ.

I received this movie complimentary from fishflix.com in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Captive DVD Review and #Giveaway

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About the movie:

 

Based on a miraculous story about the power of faith, Captive is an “amazing, inspiring” drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls, Brian Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kata Mara) hostage in her own apartment.  Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again, she turns to Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life for guidance.  Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation hailed as “powerful.”

 

 

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse) 

 

There are over 30 minutes of bonus content on this DVD including Journey Through Darkness: Filming Captive and Faith and The Purpose Driven Life.  Also included with this DVD is a Digital HD copy that can be instantly streamed and downloaded.

 

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Review:
Captive is based on the story of Ashley Smith and her time held hostage with escaped prisoner Brian Nichols. This movie has a stellar cast and the filmography is beautiful. For this type of movie the pace was perfect and took you on a roller coaster of emotions from beginning to end. The emphasis on The Purpose Driven Light and it’s park was minimized and shortened for the movie. I really enjoyed this movie, and it is a great inspirational story.

 

-Elle

 

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Susie’s Hope: A Review

What I thought:

Susie’s Hope is an inspirational, true story that shows the effects of what animal abuse can cause to humans and to the animals affected. This is a good movie for those interested in learning more and those who have a soft spot for animals, make sure to bring a tissue box.

I’ve always been a fan of movies based on true stories and enjoyed this one, you may want to screen it before sharing it with kids because of a few scenes that may be a little graphic for a younger audience. The quality was better than I expected although the movie didn’t keep me tuned in through the entire thing it is still worth watching and will open your eyes to animal abuse.

About the movie: Run time 105 minutes

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
Watch and share the Susie’s Hope trailer here!
 
About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and even won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!
Check out and share Susie’s Hero Dog Award Video here!
 
This website is a GREAT resource for all things Susie / Susie’s Hope related
I received this movie from FlyBy Promotions in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Lumo Project: The Gospel of John #JohnOnNetflix

What I thought:

As of this past Monday you can now watch the Lumo Projects the Gospel of John on Netflix, and it is worth adding to your list. The Gospel of John is a full length film using the actual text from John without edits or changes. You can view the film in the King James Version, New International Version and it is also available in Spanish. The Lumo Project will eventually have all four Gospels available.

The Gospel of John is not your typical movie, it wasn’t created to sell out theaters, or adapted to please audiences, the script come directly from the Bible and the film is used to add to and give context to what is already written. The Gospel of John is a new way to experience the Bible by not only hearing the Word spoken but by seeing what it would have looked like during the time. This film will enhance what you have read by showing you what the world looked like when Jesus lived. This is specifically great for people that are visual learners because they can see what is happening along with the text. I really enjoyed this film and think that it will be an amazing resource for people and give them an entirely different experience when interacting with the Bible. I am excited to see the rest of the Gospels as they come to life through these films.

About the Film and Lumo Project:

FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.

A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.

This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

For More Information:

Official Website: http://www.lumoproject.com

I was provided access to the Gospel of John in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

-Elle

 

23 Blast Opening Weekend!

It is the opening weekend of 23 Blast and it is the perfect time to take your family to the movies! 23 Blast is the movie inspired by the life of Travis Freeman, an up and coming high school football star in his hometown. When accident strikes and Travis finds himself no longer able to see, he must learn to cope and function in a town that never had a blind individual. Travis finds himself missing the game he was born and raised to play, and his coach believes that he will be able to play again. Join the story as Travis learns to accept his life changes and how to function and learns that vision also comes from within.

Your family will be inspired by the life of Travis as he works to overcome obstacles to do what others thought was impossible. This is a must see movie for everyone! A great movie for all ages, and it is not just a story for football fans. This movie is not the cheesy Christian movie everyone has come to expect from the Christian market with an amazing cast and a marvelous production team this movie appears to be a big-budget film. 23 Blast has added to the the growing fan base and raised the bar for future Christian films. Do not be deterred by the PG-13 rating, the movie only received this rating for one scene involving underage drinking. Make plans now to see 23 Blast!

 

-Elle

Coming Home for Christmas Review and Giveaway

Christmas is right around the corner, it’s a time for families to come together and enjoy one each others company and to celebrate together, but for sisters Kate and Melanie Christmas hasn’t been that way. After a disastrous wedding five years earlier the once close sisters no longer speak to each other. With the pain and absence of Kate and Melanie, their parents marriage is suffering and is close to an end. Kate is determined to put the past behind her and reach out to Melanie to save their parents’ marriage. She has a big plan to get everyone together at the house where they grew up, where there were happier memories, the only problem is that somebody else is living there. Will Kate be able to get her family together for Christmas and make amends with Melanie before it’s to late?

Norman Rockwell presents Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story of hope and forgiveness during the holiday season. Many times when it comes to Christmas movies you get very cheesy films; however, this one was a sweet story about how important family is, although it has a few cheesy moments overall I really enjoyed this movie and lose the message that it presents. This is a great movie for friends and family to watch throughout the Christmas season.

I received this DVD complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

*Giveaway*

Leave a comment about what you are excited to be ‘Coming home for Christmas’ too for a chance to win a copy of this movie!

 

-Elle

King’s Faith

Brendan King has been kicked around foster care for a large part of his life, searching for somewhere to belong he found himself at home with a gang in the city and ends up on a downward spiral that lands him in prison. As he serves his time, thanks to a Bible study group, Brendan has found a new relationship with Christ. As Brendan moves in with a foster family and starts back at high school, he finds his past coming back for him as former gang members want to find out where he and a friend hid a stash years ago. With his life spinning out of control will Brendan being able to lean on his new found belief or will he slip back into his old ways?

As a fan of faith based movies I really enjoyed this movie, Faith-based movies are always hit or miss where they can come off as very cheesy and over stereotypical or just appear to have little no budget, thankfully King’s Faith presents a strong script with believable characters and does not play on stereotypes to hold up its script. This is a great movie, with numerous points of discussion and how someone can change and grow.

This is a great movie for the family, I would recommend against younger kids watching it do to gang violence and some images are a little graphic, otherwise it is a great family movie to own!

I received this movie complimentary from flyby promotions in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

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