I just finished watching the movie which I feel was well done. I have been in prison ministry for almost 20 years now. I have worked with women coming out of prison and started a house for them. I go in the jail each week and visit men. I say that so you understand that I have worked with these people. I have prayed with people like the young man in the film that is forced to talk to God. I believe that the pastor was led by the spirit to do what he did. If he had not been, the young man would not have talked to God. He did not force him to say anything, but to just talk and get it off his chest what he had to say that was eating him up inside. These people for the most part don't like the way they are and this movie does a beautiful job of bringing that out. It also shows the hopeless lives they were born into and the choices they have thrown at them. It shows so much of how the Lord helps them if they ask. It is a very powerful movie and very well done to show all the emotions these people go through and the problems the pastor had with his past and being on parole. His emotions and past are what helped him to reach Blaze and he was probably the only one who could. I feel this is a Christian movie and shows how imperfect people are just like the Bible does.
That one star rating drove me crazy. I found that it was quite arrogant to suggest the idea of having to have "good Christians" in a Christian movie. I find it interesting that Christians need to live 'perfect' lives to be considered good examples! Also, the teenager who was "forced" to talk to God probably would not have become a Christian by the end of the movie, how sad would that be? This is, in my opinion, a great movie about a pastor who makes God real to the people of a troubled neighborhood, and who is able to use his love of people through God's love to reach out to the community and lead people to Christ. This is a Christian movie, and I would fully contest anyone who says otherwise. However, it is still could possibly be a a great tool to use to witness to nonbelievers who may have made some of he mistakes presented in the movie. 5 stars all the way!
This is a fantastic movie! It is highly believable and sends encouraging messages. The person who gave this one star, forgot to consider that Christianity is "Faith-Based." Anything that glorifies God is good, even if it is secular. This movie is for anyone who grew up in a bad neighborhood and wants to know the importance and feelings in which it takes to change it.
Buyer beware! This is a faith-based not a Christian movie, i.e. secular people making a movie that mentions and involves Christianity. An ex-con turned pastor wants to reach people in a bad neighborhood for God realistic set-up, great potential. A teenage girl finds out shes pregnant, her Christian girlfriend encourages her to talk to God about it. So far, so good. The pregnant girl points out the great example of the Christian couple to her boyfriend, Theyve only been with each other! !!! Wow! What a long way we have come! So people are good Christians now if they fornicate with only one partner?? [I guess I am so hopelessly old-fashioned, I have no chance of ever catching up. And then, on second thought, I really dont want to!] There are other weak points: when the pastor decides that the teenage boy needs to turn to God he pulls him down on his knees and practically makes him talk to God. Not something I would suggest for personal soul winning. If this were a secular movie Id think its ok because of some values, e.g. the negative consequences of messing with sin, even just a little, or the importance of making right choices even in the face of odds. But as a CHRISTIAN movie it stinks!