“Courageous” from Sherwood Pictures Movie Review
“You’ve been a good enough father.”
“I don’t want to be a ‘good enough’ father.”
Officer Adam Mitchell says to his best friend Officer Shane Fuller in the new Sherwood Pictures movie “Courageous” due out September 30th. That’s a great reader’s digest version of the film’s primary theme.
“Courageous” takes Christian movie-making to the next level. This is a power-packed, action film that deftly weaves in themes of being a father and a leader of the household.
Five men, three who are police officers (Adam, Nathan, David & Shane) and one who is struggling to find any work he can get (Javier), share life’s ups and downs as friends. The men are good at their jobs, but missing the mark at home. [Spoiler Alert--DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW A MAJOR PLOTLINE OF THE MOVIE]
A tragic accident claims the life of Adam’s daughter and causes him to take stock of all that is happening in his family. This leads him to challenge the other men in his life to step up their commitment as fathers. He writes a resolution, and they create a ceremony where they all commit to the resolution.
After the ceremony, things get more challenging. Without ruining the movie for you, each man faces a major challenge where he must decide whether or not he will live the resolution that he has committed to. Unlike some typical Christian fare, not every man in the movie makes the right choice.
From the opening scene where Nathan is carjacked with the baby in the backseat to Javier being tempted to compromise on the job, the movie addresses moral challenges at multiple levels. Of the four Sherwood Pictures movies (Flywheel, Facing the Giants and Fireproof), this is by far the best. Sherwood has picked up were Fireproof left off , and stepped it up. The acting is better. The writing is stronger and the message is impactful. This is not a “cheesy” Christian film. It is a gritty look at life from the perspective of struggling believers. That said, this movie is not one for young children. However, for teens and up there are lots of opportunities to discuss what it means to be a real, Christian man. Women will enjoy the movie as well and probably be challenged as role models to young women.
Sherwood has also released several books entitled “The Resolution for Men”, “The Resolution for Women” and “Courageous Living—Dare to Take a Stand.” These will provide opportunities to study the Biblical concepts so aptly portrayed on the screen in Courageous.
At the end of every movie you walk away entertained. At the end of Courageous you may walk away encouraged to be a better parent, spouse and believer. Not many movies push you to live a better life. Courageous does exactly that.