Facing the Giants
Because it opened in only 441 theaters nationwide we had to travel 1 ½ hours to Charlottesville, VA to view the film. What we saw was a technically well done film that portrayed people whose faith is a part of their everyday life struggling with real everyday difficulties. Considering that the actors were volunteers and the budget was $100,000 this was an worthy effort that compares with many independent films out there. There were scenes were the actors were working at their lines, but when they were dealing with faith issues there was no struggle to express the character they portrayed. These actors were drawing from a life experience that was refreshing to see on a movie screen. In mainstream films the Christian characters are nothing more that cardboard cutouts or parodies of the life of a believer. Not so in this film they portrayed the real thing.
I was surprised to see that the movie grossed $1.3 million on its' first weekend. No doubt there were others such as my wife and I who traveled considerable distance to view this film. Many criticized the hype of the box office take per theater of Brokeback Mountain for the very reason that it opened in few venues and many traveled and viewed it several times to support the film. It is no different here with Facing the Giants except that you will not hear the same hype about its' success.
If you wish to see a film with a positive and moving story line which depicts Christians in their natural state, go see Facing the Giants.
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