As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift further and further away from them. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a new found urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children? COURAGEOUS is the fourth release of Sherwood Pictures, the movie making ministry of Sherwood Church in Albany, Georgia. Their first release since FIREPROOF, the No. 1 independent film of 2008, COURAGEOUS joins FACING THE GIANTS and FLYWHEEL in touching and impacting lives through heartfelt stories of faith and hope.
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Could Sherwood be repaving the way to a lost genre of movies made for people of faith?
Given the audience response to Sherwood's movies (allowing Sherwood to recoup their costs multiple times over in every release to date), the audience has clearly stated its presence and demand for more. The next step is for the providers - more writers, more producers, more directors - to rise up and respond.
I saw Sherwood's latest release, Courageous, and concluded two things:
- the acting, story and dialogue had room for improvement
- I did not bring enough tissues.
So where Star Wars, with its clunky dialogue, etc. inspired a new generation of moviemakers passionate about the sci-fi genre, I hope Courageous inspires a new generation of moviemakers passionate about making movies for people of faith to inspire, teach and encourage with ever-increasing excellence.
Hints for Hollywood:
- Don't try to replicate a life of faith by what you observe on the outside. You will get the characters' motivations completely wrong. You must hire people of faith to implement this 'formula' accurately.
- We don't all have fake southern accents.
- Most of us have a sense of humor. In fact, after being in this niche for over 20 years, I've only met 8 people actually like the dad in Footloose.
- However, our faith does change what we laugh at. But again, don't try to replicate this by observation, because only those living a life of faith authentically understand the correct formula for level of faith vs. level in change of humor.
The movie was fabulous. The humor throughout was genuine and timed so well. Kudos to the play writer for the amazing method of touching my heart so deeply. Oh how I wish I would have had this opportunity 20 years ago when my children were young. I called my son right away and told him to go see it WITH HIS CHILDREN SO THEY ALL WOULD 'GET IT". I hope every family gets the chance to see this life changing film.