|Rated: PG for thematic elements, a scene of violence, some suggestive content, and brief language|
Starring: Jeff "Ja Rule" Atkins and Adrienne Bailon
Released: October 18, 2013 (theaters) / January 14, 2014 (video)
Miles Montego (Jeff "Ja Rule" Atkins) seemingly has it all. Working as a concert promoter, he has an eight bedroom home and a whole ton of money. What many people don't know is that he was formerly a drug lord, and that he still hangs out with his friends from those days. One day, Miles randomly meets Vanessa (Adrienne Bailon, The Cheetah Girls), a single Christian young woman. At first, Miles is hesitant to get involved with her faith; he was raised going to church, and has been avoiding it for a reason; as he pursues God, he learns the true cost of discipleship.
Based on a true story.
I had said previously that I wouldn't mention content concerns for Christian-themed entertainment unless there was something significant in that department; in this case, it was Vanessa's outfits, which could have been more modest, and--spoiler warning!--the fact that Miles never faces jail time for his crimes, even though the character he was based on reportedly did. Aside from that, this was a relatively well-made Christian film. I was surprised to see a mainstream rapper star in something like this, but he did quite well, as did the rest of the cast, including former Disney Channel star Adrienne Bailon. I don't think I'll be watching this again--it was a little bit difficult to get through--but, I imagine Christian cinema fans will enjoy seeing it at least once.