|Rated: Not Rated (Dove approved for ages twelve and up)|
Starring: Bruce Marchiano, Jaci Velasquez, and Steve "Sting" Borden
Released: May 3, 2011 (DVD/Blu-Ray)
Five people stuck in a diner with no means to escape sounds more like a horror flick than a redeeming Christian film, but this movie's plot works quite well. It even helped me to learn to trust God more, which is a lesson we all need to learn at times.
Other than Mr. Marchiano, Mr. Borden, and Ms. Velasquez, I don't think any of these stars are very experienced actors and actresses, but they do very well. Mr. Marchiano gets major kudos for once again masterfully portraying Jesus Christ, which is a hard role to do.
Other Production Values: 5/5
The sets and such were all great; nothing really to complain about here.
Positive Elements: 5/5
Along with affirming belief in Jesus, positive themes in this movie include: staying with and not divorcing your spouse, regardless of marital issues; not resorting to suicide when things get tough; waiting to find the right spouse; accepting Jesus into your heart before it is too late; and not falling for the devil's schemes.
Sexual sin is mentioned and vilified.
Some slight name-calling.
A character grabs Jesus by the collar, but doesn't hurt Him. A car accident leads to someone's death (implied). Someone holds a gun to his/her own head in a flashback, but the gun ends up being empty, and he/she is not hurt.
It is mentioned that Kayla's parents and stepfather were drug/alcohol addicts, but their usage of such substances is vilified.
Frightening/Intense Scenes: 4/5
Young children may have trouble understanding this movie.
Conclusion: For Christian cinema, this movie is better than usual. The production values are quite high, and the movie was successful enough to warrant a sequel, which I will be reviewing at some point. Anyone who has enjoyed previous Pure Flix films should definitely check this one out.