We bought this film for our kids with the understanding that it wasn't made for the big screen. (low budget film) We were NOT disappointed. The acting was a little cheesy at times but over all a great remake of an awesome story. Our daughter and son are nine and 11 and they both loved it and understood the basic messages in the story. Excellent price.
Chris is a boy that lives in a future world where precious metal is the most valuable thing in the world. So important that he would steal it to survive.
Chris lives in a junk yard with other kids, whose job it is to steal metal wherever they find it. The circus ring leader is a man called Iggy, who collects the stuff the kids steal. When Chris is chased into an old church he meets a lady priest who encourages him to learn to read beginning with the Bible. It is the one thing that is priceless in this world.
When Chris awakens to a dream of a war in the future world with robots destroying his world, he begins to wonder if the lady in the church can help him with it's meaning.
Chris tells her that he left his father long ago when his rules became too much to follow, and subsequently wonders if he can go back.
In the DVD, the Wylds, the viewers are taken into a futuristic journey of the prodigal son whose goal it is to reach the Celestial City and find his father. However he is told to beware of the path that is wide and those that would seek to deceive him along the way. The Wylds is a DVD that is geared to families looking for alternatives with a message of hope. It is produced by a company called Good Outlaw Studios and while it has a great message and storyline, some of the effects are cartoonish at best.
I would rate this movie at a 2 out of 5 stars just based on the message and storyline alone. Its special effects are along the lines of Spykids and leave a lot open to the imagination. Yet for me, this was not a movie I couldn't recommend with higher ratings,but it may be a movie that you would enjoy. It is an approved Dove family film.
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I totally LOVED this movie. It was fun, weird, crazy and had an awesome message.
The film starts out with Evangeline (the preacher) walking down some tracks, the effects of it make it feel older, western kind of movie. We then go to a boy (Chris) running through a junk yard of trailers away from the police. Beware, you may get a bit motion sick from this screen but it's important to the story. You see Chris is a thief. He is stealing for a man named Iggy. (that part sort of gives you the Oliver Twist feeling with him steeling and giving his findings to Fagin- a book that also took somethings from Pilgrim's Progress )
Chris ends up running into a church and starts to steel candle holders. Evangeline catches him, the police catches up to him too. However Evangeline covers for him. After the police leaves, Chris asked why she did that. She said she believed he was good. (or something to that matter) He gave her the candle holders back and then asked about some books. He wanted to know if they were worth anything, she told him about a book that is priceless(the Bible).
The story goes from there, with Chris leaving his thieving life, having to find his way to the Celestial City. And running into big & small obstacles along the way. Chris has to learn who is the truth and who wants to lead him astray. He uses the Priceless Book to guide him along the way.
There are parallels to different Bible stories throughout this movie as well. We have the prodigal son, Chris left his father and lost all of his money and is ashamed to go back to him, but Evangeline lets him know his father still loves him. We have the David and Goliath story, when Chris needs to face a large giant robot. Chris also has to trust his friends who are called Faith and Hope.
"Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." - YES, yes indeed.
The movie has many crazy special effects. They all bring you through different eras and feelings.
I would recommend this movie to all families. Younger ones, kids under 10 might not really understand it and might get scared of the robot. But I think this movie would really appeal to tweens/teens. I also recommend after watching the movie through once to go to the special features and watch the movie with the commentary, it's really gives you more insight to the movie, the people behind it and it's story.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.