27 April 2014

Quickie Movie Review: "The Grace Card"

Rated: PG-13 for violence and thematic elements
Starring: Michael Joiner, Michael Higgenbottom, and Louis Gossett, Jr.
Released: February 25, 2011 (theaters) / August 16, 2011 (DVD)
After the accidental death of his son Tyler, police officer Mac (Michael Joiner) has been continually bitter, which puts a serious strain on his relationship with his wife and other son, Blake.  When he gets assigned a fellow officer known as "The Preacher" as his partner--much to his chagrin--Mac doesn't know what to think.  After another tragedy strikes, it is only by learning the true meaning of grace that Mac and his family make it.

My Review
While the production values weren't the best, the heart behind this film makes this a worthy effort.  Emotionally intense, and with a message we all need to hear, this Christian film is among the better ones I've seen.  It's not perfect, but it definitely is worth at least a rental.

Content Concerns
  • Sex: None. 5/5
  • Nudity: A young man is seen shirtless on the operating table. 4.5/5
  • Language: One usage of the euphemism "freakin'", and one near-usage of a racial slur. 4/5
  • Violence: The opening scene shows a child being killed in an accident; it's not graphic.  Guns are pointed in one scene, but no shots are taken.  A woman slaps her husband.  A teenage boy is shot, and seriously wounded; the scene is a bit bloody.  An attack's aftermath is shown, with both a woman and her baby being bloodied. 2.5/5 
  • Drugs: It is said that a character is using drugs, and is called "Doobie Brother" as a result.  Another character is seen drinking alcohol three times. 3.5/5
  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: Along with what was mentioned under "Violence," Mac's displays of anger are a bit unsettling. 2/5
  • Other: Prejudices are mentioned, and not just Mac's. 4/5
Score: 4/5

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