I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me is one of those rare songs that seemed to touch the hearts of almost everyone who heard it. Most people, including myself, did not have any idea of the story behind the song and that is what this powerful DVD hopes to relay. I watched it alone (with my dog) so I did not have any embarrassing moments of trying to hide my tears but I would recommend having a box of tissues handy – just in case.
The story of Bart Millard’s early years is not a pretty one. It was filled with pain and rejection that sent him running the minute he graduated from high school. Abandoned by his mother and left with an abusive father, Bart still had a dream spurred on by the music that had sustained him through the hard times and a newly discovered talent. The road to success is a difficult one and for Bart is was no different. He was forced to come face-to- face the pain of the past and learn to forgive. Out of that pain came the timeless song that will remain a favorite of many.
I thought the movie was well done. It was easy to follow and most of the characters were perfectly cast. The only one I had a problem with was the actor who portrayed Michael W. Smith. I have seen Michael W. Smith often enough in other media that I had difficulty connecting with the image portrayed here. Thankfully those scenes were brief. Otherwise, the film was a powerful one that relates a powerful story of redemption and does not compromise the gospel.
I would recommend I Can Only Imagine to all who want a good, clean film that will also help to build their faith.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this DVD provided by FlyBy Promotions. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE DVD:
Dennis Quaid and Trace Adkins star in this inspiring true story behind MercyMe’s beloved hit song. Running from a troubled home life and a broken relationship, Bart Millard (Finley) found escape in music. Hitting the road in a decrepit tour bus, Bart and his band MercyMe set out on an amazing journey none of them could have ever imagined, in this uplifting, music-filled movie that beautifully illustrates the power of forgiveness and God’s love.
The home entertainment release of I Can Only Imagine features over 3 hours of extras including 7 deleted scenes, 7 in-depth featurettes, an audio commentary, and more!
The #1 Inspirational Movie of the Year Comes Home on Digital on June 5 and Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on June 12
NASHVILLE, Tenn (April 30, 2018) – Experience the uplifting story that shares the power of forgiveness when I Can Only Imagine arrives on Digital June 5 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand June 12 from Lionsgate and Provident Films. Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out) and written for the screen by Jon Erwin & Brent McCorkle, the film tells the incredible true story behind Christian band MercyMe’s iconic, history-making song “I Can Only Imagine.” Starring in the film are up-and-coming Broadway star J. Michael Finley (“Les Miserables”) and Golden Globe® nominee Dennis Quaid (2011, Best Actor – Limited Series or Television Motion Picture, The Special Relationship; 2003, Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Far From Heaven), as well as Trace Adkins (The Lincoln Lawyer, Traded), Priscilla C. Shirer (War Room), Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show, Spanglish), and Madeline Carroll (Flipped).
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I really wanted to like this movie. I made myself watch it until the very end, hoping against hope that Red would hurry up and get a clue before something really terrible happened. I don’t deal with visual violence very well and actually got up and left the room more than once because I was afraid of what was coming next.
The movie begins with Red returning home after a short incarceration. Red has an attitude. It seems that he blames his police officer mother for his problems – or at least the fact that his dad left them and she has tried to raise him and his younger brother on her own. Over and over Red gives in to peer pressure from friends he should avoid, making one bad decision after another that get him deeper and deeper in trouble. Unfortunately every time he has the opportunity to choose to do the right thing, he makes the wrong choice. The movie goes on interminably like this with alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, and criminal activity until it all hits the fan in a heartbreaking way.
Yes, Red had to hit bottom before his redemption but I did not need to be exposed to close to two hours of his descent. There was almost no indication that “Ashes of Eden” is even a Christian film with only a passing reference to God or Jesus. Then at the very end the viewer is abruptly treated to a brief scene with Red sharing his testimony with a room full of men in prison garb – very brief. Nowhere do we see Red making a decision for Christ but we must assume he did based on the fact that he is sharing with other prisoners.
This is not a movie that I would recommend to anyone and would strongly advise parents to watch before allowing their children to view it. The movie is unrated but I did see more than one site that had strong parental warnings about it. One reviewer said he would rate it at least a PG-13. I would have to agree. I am much older than that and it did not sit well with me.
A copy of this DVD was provided for review by FishFlix.
ABOUT THE MOVIE:
18-year-old Red made some bad choices. He’s done his time, but he’s still paying the consequences. He’s finding that having a bad reputation and being in the wrong place at the wrong time are an unfortunate combination – even when you’re trying to do the right thing.
Secretly selling stolen drugs in order to help his police officer mother pay the mortgage starts a bloodbath between rival dealers. Lives are lost, relationships destroyed, faith is questioned. And, Red is in the center of the spotlight. Can this gritty cautionary tale end with redemption? Perhaps. But, it comes with a price.
My husband and I watched the “Holy Ghost” movie over the weekend. When I agreed to review it I had absolutely no idea what to expect but I can say I was pleasantly surprised to watch the featured men interact with and minister to strangers they encountered as they followed the direction of the Holy Spirit.
In addition to footage of various team members speaking to and praying for people in various public settings, the film has frequent appearances by well-known people who talk about the Holy Spirit or explain various doctrinal differences, etc. I was particularly taken with scenes from a concert featuring Brian Welch and those shot on location in India.
It is simply amazing what God will do when one follows the lead of the Holy Spirit and steps out in boldness. It was so evident how many people need Jesus and how the approach taken by the men in this film was so much more productive than what is often encountered in evangelistic circles. The love of God was so strong that it was almost irresistible. This movie is strong proof that the church needs to go outside its own walls and take Jesus to the streets by showing His love to those who need him.
I am afraid, however, that this film will not be very well received by many Christians because what it documents is outside their experience. I hope I am wrong because the world needs more Christians who will follow the example of those in the movie. A relative watched it with her husband the day it was available online and she told me she wanted to pray for everyone after she saw it. I hope everyone will respond in a similar manner. I know I have been challenged.
This book was provided for review by Propeller Consulting.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Can the Holy Spirit Direct a Movie?
In this fast-paced documentary from the director of the popular films Finger of God, Furious Love, and Father of Lights, Darren Wilson sets out to make a movie that is completely led by the Holy Spirit. No plan, no script, no safety net — just go wherever he feels the Spirit leading him to try and discover the adventure God has for him.
Whether it’s the riches of Monte Carlo, a heavy metal concert, or the oldest city in world, the result is a film that not only challenges and excites, but also reveals a God who is far more alive and active than you ever imagined.
The movie features big names such as Lenny Kravitz, Brian “Head” Welch, Bill Johnson, Michael W. Smith, Todd White, Meredith Andrews, DeVon Franklin, William P. Young, Phil Vischer, and many more!
Check out the official website here: http://holyghost.wpfilm.com
On September 6th, Wanderlust Productions will host the FREE worldwide premiere of the film at this site —> HolyGhostMovie.com
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