|Table of Reviews|
Overcomer – Review
Overcomer – Budget of $5 million – 1 hour and 55 minutes
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 5:5
Coach John coaches the basketball team and teaches history at Brookshire high school. His son, Ethan, attempted to make the winning basket and missed. With a heartbreaking loss, John delivers a speech to heal his team. This may have not been their year but next year they plan to win it all. The football coach calls John into the teachers’ lounge to hear a devastating news report. The biggest plant in town is moving. The plant has offered its employees jobs in another town. The football coach knows half of his players’ parents work at the plant. So the kids will be moving with their parents. For him, football season is over. John feels confident in his team’s position until his star players leave for schools with more recognition. Since students are leaving, teachers are leaving too. To fill the stopgap, principal Olivia has asked John to coach a second team: cross country. John doesn’t believe cross country running is a sport and it has an overlap with the basketball schedule. After a few kind words from the principal, John agrees to coach the cross country team. On tryout day, only one runner shows up: Hannah. Hannah is a sophomore, orphaned, sticky-fingerer runner with asthma. John is dumbfounded by the predicament. Most cross country teams have several players and few with asthma. Coach John is frustrated. Then his wife, Amy, remembers she signed him up for a hospital visit with a church member. While waiting in the hospital highway, John is bumped into Thomas’s room. Due to diabetes, Thomas is blind and on dialysis. Even though John isn’t there for Thomas, Thomas asks John to stay and talk. Thomas doesn’t get visitors. John discovers Thomas was a star cross country runner but fell into a life of drugs and women. After being broken, he found faith. Thomas will lead Jack to discover what really makes him who he is and this discovery will lead to every person in Jack’s life, including Hannah, becoming strong, faster, and more faith-driven.
Three words drive this film: Who are you. Are you your job, friends, family, hobbies, etc? If that defining characteristic is stripped away, who are you then? It’s an extraordinary way to peel back the onion of self-definition. Hannah answers this question at such a young age after reading Ephesians 1 – 2. When she states who she is, there will not be a dry eye in the house. Yes, this is a Christian film however it offers so much more for every type of viewer. It is a coming of age film with a sports drama that serves its share of tea. This movie’s realistic view on relationships and forgiveness will hit you at your core. War Room fans will especially love this movie.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
24? I can do it in 24 – Coach John
That was terrible. Why would anyone want to do this – Will
You made the team run as punishment – Ethan
It’s not a game. Who are you? – Thomas
Now, that is my son – Amy
How do you know god? – Hannah
Rambo: Last Blood – Review
Rambo: Last Blood – Budget of < $50 million – 1 hour and 29 minutes
After settlings on his father’s horse ranch, John Rambo seems to have everything handled. His niece Gabby and long-time friend Maria help manage the horses and house. John believes Gabby has a future breaking in horses but she is ready to go to college. With a heavy heart, John has decided to let her go. Now that Gabby moving on, John’s life mirrors the ranch. On the surface, everything looks great. Underneath lies darkness and pain. John suffers from PTSD and takes medicine to cope. When he is not working on the farm, he is digging tunnels all throughout his property. He creates makeshift living spaces and weapons in the tunnel. While creating a graduation gift for Gabby, John is dismayed by Gabby’s news. Her old friend, Gizelle, has found Gabby’s father. Gabby wants to go to Mexico to see him and asks him why he abandoned her 10 years ago. John is steadfast against her seeing him. Maria agrees. Maria reveals Gabby’s father, Manuel, was abusive to Gabby’s mother and Rambo saved her. Gabby apologizes and leaves to hang out with friends. The next day, Maria is panicked stricken. Maria unearthed the truth. Instead of seeing friends, Gabby went to Mexico to meet her father. She has not been seen or called since. Maria wants to call the police. But John knows U.S. police can’t cross the border and Mexico’s police will not care. John must find her and bring her back. And he will need to become Rambo to do it.
Picking up where the movie series left off, this Rambo has the drive of Bryan Mills, the ingenuity of Kevin McCallister, and the striking blow of Scarlet Witch (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Yes, Scarlet Witch. This movie gives fans the bloodlust it craves while paying respect and homage to the original Rambo movies. If you are hoping to leave this movie with a greater sense of the world, a renewed self, or smarter, then you should go to another movie. This is blood, guts, guns, knives, and explosions. It is not for the weak of heart nor the stomach. Newcomers, you don’t need to see the first four to understand this movie. Original fans will like this movie but it can never be First Blood (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
No, thank you. Too dirty – Maria
No, it’s not. It’s worst – Rambo
Why do I have to know you – Carmen
Nobody writes letters anymore – Gabby