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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Facing the Giants

Friday night my wife and I went to see Facing the Giants . You may remember that this is the film that was given a PG rating because it was too religious.

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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Anonymous PHenry said...

There is a mindset in media and the left that religion is a 'culture', not a belief. In other words, if you come from some place that is Catholic, you are Catholic. If Muslim, you are Muslim. Kind of like its a race.
But to actually BELIEVE that you can talk to God (pray?) or that you feel any sort of active guidence in your life by your god, is, if you're from the 'rest' of the world a sheep blindly believing in hoodoo, but if you're here in the 'modern' world', true belief in a living god is a sign of insanity. Akin to hearing voices or seeing aliens.

Like evolution, global warming, etc, they consider it a settled argument, Science has proven there is no living God. To consider otherwise is either mind control by the Bush administration or you're Pixilated. (the pixies have got you.)

Their religion, to them, does not really require belief in God. It is a social construct. A demographic.

But they also are pretty sure that the worst of all is Christian. The power that the belief in Christ has been in the world is proof it is the most corrupt. Something that successful must be dangerous. What about the children!???

But I look at the bright side of the movie issue. More teens will go see it if it is PG than G. God works in mysterious ways....

I think Mel Gibson should have gone for an X on the Passion movie. (for Violence) Then everyone would see it. And it is brutally violent, if it were not a true story it would be over the top. Its hard to watch, and I know how it ends!

1:34 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

If you liked Facing the Giants, you’re going to love their new film, Fireproof. Go to www.fireproofthemovie.com.

7:21 AM  
Blogger Fireproof the Movie said...

Hi there,

My name is Monique & I'm part of the PR team for Sherwood Pictures--creators of FACING THE GIANTS.
Thank you so much for supporting the movie on your blog! We wanted to keep you informed of their latest project--FIREPROOF.
It's due to hit theaters this September in theaters nationwide. You can go to www.fireproofthemovie.com to view the trailer, read the synopsis, and sign up for updates to stay up to date with all of the FIREPROOF happenings! If you're interested in learning more or need any resource, pictures, and downloads for your blog please email me at monique@lovell-fairchild.com and I will be happy to get you what you need.

Again, thanks for blogging!
Monique
Lovell-Fairchild Communications

4:43 PM  
Blogger qwadro said...

Their religion, to them, does not really require belief in God. It is a social construct. A demographic.

But they also are pretty sure that the worst of all is Christian. The power that the belief in Christ has been in the world is proof it is the most corrupt. Something that successful must be dangerous. What about the children!???
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