By Lauri Mays | Special to the Index
“Courageous” is the fourth film released from Sherwood Pictures, a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. Brothers Stephen and Alex Kendrick have raised the standard on faith-based films, and their writing and production skills continue to improve with their latest picture.
They had fun writing this one, and it shows in the script. This is their funniest picture yet.
The Kendrick brothers both serve on the staff at Sherwood Church. Their first movie “Flywheel” was released only on DVD, and they are best known for blockbusters “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof.” Other churches are now producing independent films in record numbers. The trailers shown before “Courageous” promote upcoming faith-based films.
“Courageous” is a great movie for young men and fathers of all ages. This film not only challenges every aspect of fatherhood, but also touches on grief. In one scene, a counselor asks the main character Adam if he’s going to remain “angry for the time you didn’t have, or grateful for the time you did?”
“Courageous” is rated PG13 for mild violence. There is a carjacking with a baby in the vehicle, and a gang initiation fight which could frighten younger children. There is also a scene where a little girl witnesses a shootout and is chased into her treehouse by a shooter. I feel this scene could have been removed. Her father saves her, but parents, if you hear gunfire, don’t wait till it stops to look for your children.
Sherwood Pictures urged Christians to view the film on opening weekend sending Hollywood a message that there is a strong desire for faith-based films. A few local churches requested the film at Brazos Cinema 3, but it’s not here yet. Greenwood Baptist Church bought out two showings on opening night at City Lights Theatre in Weatherford, and gave first responders free admission. “Courageous” has been held over for another week at City Lights Theater.
By Lauri Mays | Special to the Index
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