Each Kendrick Brothers film explores a subject deeply important to Christians and the Christian life: personal integrity in FLYWHEEL, resilient faith in FACING THE GIANTS, loving marriages in FIREPROOF and heroic parenting in COURAGEOUS. The fifth film is a family drama with humor and heart focused on the power of prayer and its primary role in the Christian life.
“We made this film to inspire, challenge and motivate families to fight the right kind of battles and to fight them the best way possible,” said Director and Co-Writer Alex Kendrick. “We have plans for everything—careers, finances, health. But what about a strategy for prayer for our lives, our spouses and our children?”
Filmed in and around Charlotte, N.C., this is the first Kendrick Brothers project shot outside their hometown of Albany, Ga. It drew more than 1,000 volunteers from 85 churches in the Charlotte area who stepped up and reached across denominational lines to support the production.
“We’re going after something here that could radically improve our culture, and moviegoers will experience it within the context of an inspiring and emotional story,” Producer and Co-Writer Stephen Kendrick said. “Prayer is so much more than people realize. It can powerfully affect every problem and need in our lives if engaged from within a vibrant relationship with God.”
It makes sense that the Kendricks would make a movie about prayer, since every movie to date has been bathed in prayer from before conception through post-release. I’m looking forward to seeing what the brothers have in store for us this time. What about you?
In fact, let’s all join in and pray that the film will be what God wants it to be and have the effect on our families and culture that He wants it to have.
Jeanne Dennis, Heritage of Truth
A family-friendly drama, the film is about learning to fight the right kinds of battles. Filled with humor, wit and heart, it follows Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a middle-class couple, and their daughter, Danielle, as they struggle through personal, marital and spiritual issues. Their lives are forever changed after Elizabeth meets an elderly widow who helps her develop a secret prayer room in her home.
Christian evangelist John Luther refuses to support a sweeping religious reform, despite the urging of powerful political friends. When he won’t cooperate, these “friends” set him up to look like a murderer. Luther’s real “crime” is standing for biblical truth alone and not agreeing to accept all religions as equally valid. The situation he finds himself in, unfortunately, appears to be the direction the United States is heading if we do not work together to protect the First Amendment rights we now enjoy.
Apparently, the film was designed for a crossover audience, an audience composed of both Christians and non-Christians. I believe the producers hope to reach moviegoers who would stay away from blatantly Christian, or so-called “preachy” films.
God often uses tools like this as a stepping-stone to faith for people who would never enter a church or attend an event labeled “Christian.” At one time, I was one of them, so I can’t fault the filmmakers for trying to reach their audience in a way that could open the door to further discussions about true faith and our First Amendment rights. However, since the evangelist keeps talking about “the gospel,” I expected to hear the name of Jesus mentioned and perhaps an overview of the gospel message.
Overall, this is a compelling movie, and I recommend it. Believers will find themselves challenged, especially during the final scene of the movie, to examine their own faith and ponder what they would do if someday they faced persecution for claiming the name of Christ.
We interviewed Daniel Lusko, the producer of Persecuted on Heritage of Truth TV. You can view the interview here.