Last week I had the opportunity to attend a pre-screening of a movie with my with my wonderful wife, Jenni (yay date night). “Courageous” is from the makers of last years “Fireproof”. Also, “Facing the Giants” and “Flywheel”. I have always enjoyed their movies but I have to say I was not prepared for last night. I was absolutely blown away. I can honestly say this movie was the best movie I have ever seen. There is over-the-top, marked improvement in filming and acting on all levels. But also, the films over-all message was amazing and dead-on. In the span of the movie Jenni and I ran a gambit of feelings, excitement, fear, caring, anger, hope, loss, love, compassion, even humor, it’s all there.
While the movie is from a Christian organization, I felt, that they worked hard to and achieved a blend of the elements of a fallen, corrupt world without compromising the integrity of their core beliefs. This film proves that you can have high quality action and drama without all of the sex, extreme violence and foul language that is so typical these days in movies. All too often in Hollywood these elements seem forced into a script just to attain a different rating and increase potential ticket sales when the film would do fine, maybe even better without it.
All too often “Christian based” films have come across as cheesy or preachy. Courageous does not. There is a strong and firm stance of the underlying message but again it is blended well with the whole script. No one can deny message supported by the film that men need to step up as fathers and husbands. We all fall short of what we should be. Through the five main characters men will find themselves relating on multiple levels with each of them in their fears, failures and victories.
Big things will happen when Courageous releases September 30th. I for one intend to be prepared. This film needs to be shared with our friends and families. The message in it is all too important to miss out on. You can learn more about Courageous at www.courageousmovie.com or ask me by commenting here or by email.