The story line was good and the movie was good. I think the aspect of a black couple being foster parents to a white teen who had baggage from his past impressed me the most about this film. The foster parents as well had baggage from their past. Both teen and parents had to learn to move forward and trust each other.
I purchased this movie after reading the positive reviews on this site. I was not disappointed. My family really enjoyed it; we are a family of predominantly males and most movies are geared to the female audience! It is difficult to find good value entertainment and I don't always buy a movie in hopes of a Gospel message when I am looking for entertainment. However, I found this movie to have good message and was quite appropriate for our movie night. As to be expected, there was gang-related violence and blood, but all subjects dealt with were done in a very subtle manner and there were no inappropriate scenes of any nature.... for which I was thankful.
Brendan King is a young man with a dilemma; how does he live out his Christian faith and new found redemption in the midst of his past life, which is now coming back to haunt him? He has the Lord, but he also has distrust of one of his foster parents, distrust of a police officer waiting for him to fail, adjustments fitting in at school, and of course, the return of those from his old, violent past. This movie shows the fine line of walking your faith and leaning on your own understanding in the midst of adversity. Brendan truly wants to do the right thing (and actually does something heroic that leads to him befriending a troubled young lady with her own secrets to wrestle with), but everything is pulling at him to go back to his old way of handling things. His foster father rightly tells him that it is a spiritual battle against the wickedness the Bible speaks of, but King seems overwhelmed and it leads to some very intense confrontations. This movie starts off a bit slow, but you are drawn into his struggle and his desire to walk right. There are violent moments and adult themes that makes the PG-13 warranted, but this tale of struggle, redemption, and walking in faith is worth a look. A good movie to watch and discuss as a family. And one final note; this movie was filmed in my hometown of Rochester, NY, so I really enjoyed seeing landmarks and locations that I've actually been. Pick up this film; it won't disappoint.
I overall enjoyed this movie. At first, I found it difficult to get into the story line as it has a slow beginning, but half-way, the movie seemed to pick up and interested me. I would recommend this movie to others.