Movie Review – Run the Race – Faith-Based but Sad

Movie Review - Run the RaceAs is my usual, I’ll address the target audience first.

Run the Race has all the ingredients needed for a faith-based movie — a loss of faith, a terrible tragedy, hope, and renewal. Christians of all denominations will be satisfied, and happy with the outcome. (Does anyone write a faith-based movie where God doesn’t prevail?)

Now I’ll address the mechanics of the movie: The pacing was dreadful, with too many protracted scenes of very little payoff.

The acting was sub par, with the exception of the coach played by Mykelti Williamson. Does that name sound familiar? Mykelti is Bubba Gump, and his acting was the real stand-out. The remaining cast came across as wooden, bored, and not very interesting at all.

The setting for the movie was excellent. Principal filming took place in Birmingham, Alabama, which is only 15 miles from Bessemer, and yes, Bessemer is a dying town. I lived in this area during the 1980s, and graduated from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, so it was a real trip down memory lane for me.

The ending didn’t leave me with a sense of hope and renewal; I just found it to be very, very sad.

Grade: C-

About The Peetimes: Run The Race is a short flick, so I felt 2 breaks were sufficient. The pacing made it fairly easy to choose 2 Peetimes and not miss anything important.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Run the Race. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for thematic content and some teen partying
Genres: Drama, Sport, Religious


 

Some other faith-based movie reviews on RunPee.com: 

Movie Review – God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness

Movie Review – Let There Be Light

Movie Review – Do You Believe? – A Film to Help You Find Hope

Movie Review – Unbroken: Path to Redemption

I truly do enjoy faith-based movies, but Unbroken left me a little flat. The acting was pretty good,  and the directing was acceptable, however, since I didn’t read Laura Hillenbrand’s book Path To Redemption, I can’t comment on how closely the book was followed.[pullquote] It was interesting that Billy Graham’s grandson played his grand father (Billy Graham) in this movie, but his charisma is no match to his father’s.[/pullquote]

I didn’t feel that the two main characters, Louis and Cynthia, had much chemistry together. I never really felt their passion for their religion, nor their passion for each other. Nor did the supporting cast offer up much for us to care about.

I was pleased that, once again, PTSD was addressed, even though at that particular time it was referred to as ‘shell-shocked’. [pullquote position=”right”]Of recent, we’ve seen a number of movies addressing PTSD, and this is a good thing. A movie can give the public a visual of how devastating this condition is, and of course the more we know, the more we can help.[/pullquote] History has shown us that, at least every generation or so, we will continue to be welcoming home our vets.

Grade: C

About the Peetimes: Unbroken is very much a drama driven movie, but does have periods of restraint that make for good Peetimes. I recommended the first Peetime, because it actually gives you slightly more than 4 minutes to break.

Movie Review – God Bless the Broken Road

Even though the critics panned God Bless The Broken Road, I did find a few redeeming qualities I’d like to share with you. The movie touches on a few issues, that sadly, are all too prevalent in our world today: we have the ‘war widow’ trying desperately to hold her world together without the support of a husband. And a child whose life has been turned upside down because war left her without her father, while her mother works odd hours in a diner.

This movie stresses the importance of faith, even when your world is falling down around you. I’m sure this message will resonate with many people in the audience. All that having been said, my criticism deals with the technical aspects of the movie. The acting was sub-par, with the exception of the race car owner played by Gary Grubbs, one of the best character actors in Hollywood. The pacing was excruciatingly slow, and the directing left much to be desired. Many times the camera lingered on the sad face of Amber, and left me thinking, ‘Okay, we get it; she’s sad.’ A three-second shot of her sad face is acceptable, but a fifteen-second shot of the sad face is annoying.

Parents can comfortably take their children to see this movie, and later discuss the message of faith. I give God Bless The Broken Road a C, because it was an average movie with an average story.

Grade: C

About the Peetimes: God Bless The Broken Road is a faith-based movie that’s more drama driven, with very little action. Getting 2 Peetimes was fairly easy. Each gives you 4 minutes to break, so let your bladder decide.

Movie Review – God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness

This movie is a largely dialog-driven effort, showing what modern times are like for the church, the law, and the direction of religion in our new cell phone/internet existence. [pullquote position=”right”]It’s a nice story that even non-religious viewers can appreciate.[/pullquote]

The audience, on opening night (my guess is these are faithful church goers), REALLY enjoyed this film. They laughed a lot and shouted out the big lines and seemed to have a roaring good time.

John Corbett gave an enjoyable performance, a nice treat for fans of his since the days of Northern Exposure, Sex and the City, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and The United States of Tara (to name some of his biggest roles in an admittedly huge filmography).

The production values were high, and the soundtrack/direction/storytelling were certainly adequate. For a religious or conservative family, this film equals a nice night out for the family. The message is sound, no matter what side of the fence your views fall on.

Movie Grade: B

Movie review: Sampson

It saddens me to have to give a movie about one of the greatest stories from the Bible such a poor grade, but Samson was so poorly made — I was compelled to give it a failing grade.

The direction was sub par, the pacing was tedious, and the acting was an insult to the actual characters. It really pains me to say that, because it was nice to see Lindsay Wagner and Rutger Hauer working again.

If you want to see Samson on the big screen you’d better hurry; this movie will not be in the theaters long.

Grade: D+

Movie Review – Do You Believe? – A Film to Help You Find Hope

do-you-believeI’ll admit I was of the mind-set that I was going to hate this movie and be bored beyond tears. As it happens, I was moved to tears.

I’m not a religious person. I didn’t find God in this movie, but what I found was hope for humanity. There are some wonderful people in this world, and there are also some terrible people in this world. If the wonderful people could somehow help and guide the misguided, there’s your answer. I know I have the power in myself to help a struggling person. So do you. If we would all adopt this beautiful mind set, this world could be better. My faith is in that.

Giving a grade to this movie is proving difficult. I have some friends that I know would walk out: they would give it an F. This review being my personal opinion, I’ve decided to give it an A. I walked out with a new hope. That is exactly what the movie was trying for and it succeeded.

Movie Grade: A