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Overall, I enjoyed the film. Some of those involved are clearly more comfortable being onscreen as an actor than others, but no one was just horribly bad. I also grew tired of some of the more extreme quirkiness of a couple of the characters. I realize that it is standard to have those characters populate all small towns in films, but sometimes they go a bit beyond quirky. These complaints, however, are trivial matters in my overall impression of the film.
The story line was good and was presented in a way that is palatable to most. There is no blood, violence, bad language, etc. to make it unacceptable for family viewing. The gospel is presented, but I feel this is more a film that gives the viewer a look at how following Christ has made an impact on the lives of the characters who are believers. Most of the people I know live out their faith like these people, so it was all familiar to me. Would I show this film to family and friends who are not believers? Yes, especially those who love music and/or baseball. I also recommend it to people who are believers and want to watch a Christian worldview film that both entertains and demonstrates the validity of living out their faith and following God's will. Btw, I LOVED the whole concept of "ringing the bell"!! It is a perfect example of Matthew 10:32-33.
I love it when I find a movie that really speaks to your heart deep down inside and creates such a lasting impression, you find yourself thinking about it long after it's over. That is just what you'll find in the latest movie, Ring The Bell available on DVD from Provident Films. Ring the Bell is a calling to those individuals who still don't know what they are looking for in this world, but know that no matter what they have tried so far, it doesn't last. This is a calling to come to know God, in your own time and in your own way.
Ring the Bell is about a prideful and self confident big city sports agent Rob Decker (Ryan Schaeon), who believes there is nothing he can't do or no one he can't sign. He represents the "best of the best, because he is the best of the best." He believes he is truly on top of his game as the owner of Decker Sports and all those who work for him should have the same attitude and motivation. When he locates the next "big thing" with small town high school student Shawn Hart, he is more than confident that he can get him signed. He is challenged to get Shawn Hart signed when his associate tells him he can't leave tell because of his son's game. So he heads up to Middletown to show his company's employees that he's still at the top of his game.
However God's got other plans for Rob Decker. When his car breaks down and he has to spend some time in Middletown trying to convince Sean Hart that his future awaits with a simple signed contract that will change his life. But the more time that Rob spends in Middletown, the more the town and it's residents begin to grow on him in ways he never dreamed or imagined possible, from the perky inn keeper, Maggie (LOVE her personality and quirky way of seeing positives in every little thing she does), to the loveable mechanics that will fix Rob's car once they figure out where the engine is!
The best part about this movie is the powerful message of grace and what it means to make the decision to come to know God in your life. Those that do, get the chance to Ring the Bell and let everyone else know about it. With Christian artists like Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns and Matthew West adding to the cast, it really makes the movie family friendly. Even notable baseball athletes Casey Bone, Ben Zobrist, John Kruk and Rick Sutcliff are part of the action. This is HANDS DOWN one of the best movies I've had the opportunity to watch and review with my entire family and they agree, it's a family favorite in our home now!
I received Ring The Bell compliments of Provident Films and Flyby Promotions for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. This is one YOU won't want to miss out on. If you love movies like Fireproof, Courageous and Facing the Giants, pick this one up. Already people are talking about this movie and how it is changing lives forever. This movie is perfect for all ages and I would encourage everyone to check this one out. 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and that means not only do I highly recommend it, but it's one we will undoubtedly will watch over and over again. It's the perfect movie to share with those struggling to make their own decision to accept Christ and who knows may in fact Ring The Bell in their own time.
Ring the Bell is a heartfelt wonderful Movie filled with burst of faith and love, it has a mix of all things that make a great movie shine out among the rest. I enjoyed this movie so much and was able to share it with my whole family and friends without feeling ashamed or blushing like I would with some of the movies out there today. I would recommend this movie for anyone who has been waiting for a good movie that is not filled with trash.