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I stumbled across this gem while late night channel surfing, entering at
Amanda and Nathan take the "detour" which lands them behind a pigeon
what caught my eye was Julie Condra's beauty, but the story was intriguing
knew neither how it started nor that it was a Christian film. The bad guys
caricatures, her boyfriend was pathetic, and the medical details poorly
I'm a doc - I notice these things!), but it was fun, engaging, and mostly
well acted and
well written, with a message that did not feel forced or contrived, and
what felt like
a natural relationship evolution between Nathan and Amanda through the
Perhaps the best evidence that this is a film worth watching: after it ended, I channel surfed a bit more, and came across a Girls Gone Wild adfomercial and VH1 music video. The contrast between the peaceful spirituality of the final scene in R to R and the raucous tawdriness of GGW and VH1 was stunning. I prefer the former. Much more.
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potential spoilers. GOOD Christian message contained here in,AWARD WINNER... no. SOLID ACTING...not really, ACTION MOVIE... no. but a good movie about how it is possible to turn your life around... the story itself is perhaps implausible but the message comes thru tho and thats what counts. starts off that some basically good people, get in trouble with some bad people, the bad ones chase the good ones and the good ones 'turn their life around thru Jesus Christ... a good message! what can be bad about making choices that affect your life... thats what religion is about and thats what this person did... made a positive choice to change her life in a positive way... cant be bad!
Usually, when you know the movie is put out by Billy Graham, no one is
to be converting to Zoroastrianism by the end of the movie. The subplot is
usually the same in every movie: Christian befriends non-Christian,
non-Christian (and audience) hears the plan for salvation, and
usually becomes a Christian by the end. There's little suprise in that
This movie reminded me a lot of the old "Walt Disney Presents" movies on Sunday night TV. Family-friendly, geniunely funny in some places, a little corny in others, and usually had some pro-social message in the end - be nice to old people, don't shoot deer, listen to Julie Andrews sing and you'll be rewarded by dancing on the celing....whatever. So, I guess you can call old Disney movies "propaganda disgusied as a movie," or whatever the bitter guy said a few posts back.
As a light comedy, it works. The "Bad guys" are silly, the chase scenes are fun, and there are a few running gags that pay off towards the middle and end. Besides any "Christian" comedy that dares to take a swipe at the Partridge Family can't be that bad, can it? The parts that are shaky, as it sometimes is with WWP movies, the "Serious" moments between the granddaughter and grandfather are slow at times, and the scenes at the end are cliched. But, like I said, it's like a Sunday night Disney movie....You know what you're getting yourself into.
"Road to Redemption" is great family viewing material, and it includes the Gospel message! This movie has enough substance that it can be watched over and over. It is entertaining - provoking numerous outbursts of laughter. The conversations between the grandfather and granddaughter are thought provoking, as well as inspiring, giving ideas on how to share Christ with loved ones. The value in this type of film far exceeds the mindless, deceiving garbage that movies usually offer. Although the "Left Behind" movies have an important and necessary message of their own, they aren't suitable for family viewing (for families with pre-teens, that is). "Road to Redemption" is suitable for family viewing, and makes for a great family evening.
Amanda is just a bit in debt. Her car is about to be repossessed, causing her live-in boyfriend Alan to suggest that she ask her boss for a raise. Trouble is, the boss man is a mobster and Amanda gets cold feet. However, she is put in charge of a shipment soon to arrive. Although she is instructed to file the package in the safe and close the door, the box falls apart in her hands. Hey, there's a quarter of a million dollars here! The A & A team go to the racetrack and end up losing it all. The mob is upset. But, wait. Amanda has a rich grandfather she hasn't seen for years. Could she hit him up for the money? This is a cute movie with great messages. Julie Condra, as Amanda, gives an inspired performance as the girl with her priorities slightly askew. Pat Hingle, as the grandfather, also gives a sweet turn as the man who found Christ and wants to share his faith with his long lost granddaughter. And, teach her some valuable lessons. As the pair go off to reclaim a vacation spot they shared long ago, the hit men come after them and the trip is fun, fun, fun, with bikers and a Partridge Family loving mobster thrown in the path. Thus, the script is inspired in more ways than one. If you love road trip movies, you'll feel dandy after watching this film. But, more important, if you want to share the Christian faith with anyone, including church camp crowds, this would be a great choice. It supplies the laughs at the same time it provides the road to ultimate salvation.
Here I am to tell you my opinions on "Road to Redemption". Of all the Christian movies I've seen ("Left Behind", "The Climb" and "The Ride") this is the best one. No one dies and there is no tacky "flash back" that seem to ALWAYS be in Christian movies (*ahem* take note of that please "Climb" and "Ride" script writers) It was a fairly amusing movie not all drama and Billy Grahmn (sp) was BARELY in it! Its a good start for Christian movies, hopefully its the "Keith Green" of Christian movies! =) (By the way: a teacher @ my school always claimed some guy named Keith Green was one of the first Christian singers or something.)
"Road to Redemption," starring Pat Hingle, Wes Studi and Jay Underwood,
an above average Christian film. When compared to disgraces such as "Left
Behind," this film looks like a masterpiece!
3/5 stars -- a bit emotionally manipulating at times, but still a clean family Christian film.
This is a fair comedy that is worth taking a look at. It will not have you in stitches or rolling on the floor, but isn't bad to view once. Pat Hingle plays the charming old man he has so many times before. The lead female does an adequate job too. I walked away getting what I had expected. I feel Christians still have a long way to go in the film making industry. I found "Left Behind" to be very disappointing. If Christians want films to be used as outreach tools, they must realize that Christian movies must be of the same production quality as their secular counterparts. I originally saw this movie back when I was a Christian and found it fair. Despite my change in beliefs, my opinion of it remains unchanged.
I saw the spoiler review from a guy in India and just had to take the time to counter his slam. Please don't miss this movie! Made by the Billy Graham ministry for a good and moral message; this movie is still one of my favorites. Just full of funny parts that will keep you in stitches. Yes, it's a made for entertainment flick, not a documentary. It is certainly a great time as Amanda's goof-ball boyfriend messes up time and time again with bad decisions, and gets a mobster after them both. The strongmen working for the mobster are such a kick. In the end it is a strong message that the whole family will be happy with. Christian or not, you need to watch this movie!
A truly enjoyable film for the entire family. A must-see movie with a valuable message of hope. In a very creative and fun way, the movie sets out to show the spiritual road to redemption through the means of a crazy road trip full of mishaps and adventures. A truly refreshing film that makes you feel good and glad that you saw the movie.
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