The Grace Card - In Theaters 2-25-2011

Its not very often that a movie completely moves me. Sure, there are many movies that make me emotional, but most don't make me take a deep look inside.

I was recently invited to a screening of The Grace Card that will be in theaters February 25,2011.

If you haven't heard of it, here is a quick Synopsis:

Everything can change in an instant ... and take a lifetime to unravel.

When Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, the ensuing 17 years of bitterness and pain erodes his love for his family and leaves him angry with God ... and just about everyone else.

Mac's rage stonewalls his career in the police department and makes for a combustible situation when he's partnered with Sam Wright, a rising star on the force who happens to be a part-time pastor and a loving family man.

Mac's home life is as frightening as anything he encounters on the streets of Memphis. Money is tight and emotions run high as he constantly argues with his wife and his surviving son Blake, who is hanging with the wrong crowd and in danger of flunking out of school.

Sam Wright also never expected to be a police officer. He has a calling—to be a minister like his Grandpa George. But leading a small, start-up church doesn't always put enough food on the table for a young family, so Sam doubles as a police officer. With his new promotion to Sergeant, Sam starts questioning if his real calling might actually be police work rather than the pastorate. 

Can Mac and Sam somehow join forces to help one another when it's impossible for either of them to look past their differences—especially the most obvious one? 

Every day, we have the opportunity to rebuild relationships and heal deep wounds by extending and receiving God's grace. Offer THE GRACE CARD ... and never underestimate the power of God's love.

My Thoughts:
I took my mom as my "date" to the screening of The Grace Card so I could bounce my thoughts of the movie off of her.  We pretty much had all of the same opinions of the movie. As always, I wanted to give my completely honest thoughts.

Let's face it, like many christian movies, they usually don't get the funding they deserve and have a low budget to work with.  As a result, the acting often suffers.  I'll be completely honest, at the beginning I kept thinking about the acting which means it wasn't the best and was a little distracting.  About 1/4-1/2 way through, the acting seemed to improve-or I was just so engrossed in the message that I didn't notice.

This movie touched me to the core and the message of Grace - or forgiveness - rang through loud and clear.  It can be so hard to forgive some of the people in your life, but God teaches us that everyone needs a little Grace - no matter what they've done.

One of the issues in this movie was race.  While race issues are very real problems and should be addressed, I think they went a little far at times during this movie.  Sometimes it seemed like the message of forgiveness took a back burner to racial discrimination.

Even though I found faults with it, the overall  movie was fantastic and it is my hope that everyone sees it.  As a believer, I walked away from this movie in tears and the impact that it left is unmatched.  As the movie discusses, it often takes a person to hit rock bottom before they reach out to God for help, so I'm not sure how a nonbeliever would feel about this movie.  Hopefully they would look at it and the impact of what happens to the characters would hit them so hard that they would see the true meaning of Grace and the amazing power of God's love.

I truly hope you find the time to go see this movie in theaters when it debuts on 2-25-2011.  Don't forget to take some tissues! :)  Visit The Grace Card website to learn more.  Stay connected with them on facebook and twitter.

Please take a minute to watch the trailer to this awesome movie.

This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who gave me and a guest the opportunity to go see a screening of this movie.

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Jenna said...

It really sounds like a great movie and the type our family would really enjoy. Thanks for sharing your review!

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