Where This Meets That
Courageous is the newest film from Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA, which previously released Facing the Giants and their 2008 breakthrough Fireproof.
The film revisits the theme of Christian leadership in the home, this time specifically targeting the importance of active fatherhood. The film’s main protagonist, Adam Mitchell (played by writer/director Alex Kendrick), is a police officer regularly dealing with drug and gang-related crime. At home, he has drifted into a passive relationship with his two children and an especially strained relationship with his teenage son.
When tragedy strikes, Mitchell’s eyes are opened, and he finds new passion for his vocation as a father.
At over two hours, Courageous is also their most ambitious film to date. While it runs perhaps fifteen minutes longer than necessary, it stays afloat with a strong screenplay that effectively interweaves several plot lines to hit the subject from different perspectives.
Courageous does preach, of course, but you know that going in and should either already be “in the choir” or at least ready to listen. In that context, Courageous is an inspiring film that delivers a rich reminder for all fathers to live up to their calling.
I loved it and look forward to the DVD!