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Saving God (2008)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 14 October 2008 (USA)
Convicted felon Rev. Armstrong returns back to his neighborhood a changed man looking to take over his father's old church. The neighborhood is tough and full of drugs and gangs. Through ... See full summary »

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Armstrong Cane
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John Henry James / Blaze
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Rev. Danny Christopher
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Norris Johns
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Ashley Ellis
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Sherri Butler
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Mike
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Mr. Ken Salter
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Pastor Curry
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Detective Lombardi
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Marcus Ellis
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Ms. Ellis
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Officer Earle
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Mavis Johns
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Deacon Jake
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Convicted felon Rev. Armstrong returns back to his neighborhood a changed man looking to take over his father's old church. The neighborhood is tough and full of drugs and gangs. Through Armstrong's tough demeanor and strong faith he tries to make a difference with Norris - a youth on the edge of falling into a lifetime of drugs and gangs. Also Armstrong must deal with his past history of violence and make sure he doesn't fall again. Written by Andre van Heerden

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Crime | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving drugs and some violence | See all certifications »
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Someone Has to Die  »

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I Travelled
Performed by Jully Black
(Jully Black, L. Owens, K. Mack, Jermaine Newsome)
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd. (SOCAN)/Achandre Music Publishing (SOCAN)/
WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)/62 Laventhal Music (ASCAP)/Masjarod Publishing (ASCAP)/
Jermaine Newsome Pub Designee
Produced by Soul Diggaz for Soul Diggaz Productions
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Worth the Time
23 December 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I always find it interesting to "rate" a Christian movie. Actually, i find it interesting to see how other people rate a Christian film. Somehow, the average comes in to somewhere between 4 and 6. I think it's because Christians will rate ALL Christian movies higher because it's Christian, and non-Christians will rate it low for the same reason. I don't think either of these is fair.

SAVING GOD is a fine movie. Period. There's no - it's good for a Christian film. It is just a good movie. The acting is strong, the characters are believable, the story is engaging and though provoking, and the look and feel of the movie are authentic, and certainly do NOT look like most Christian films(read: cheesy and low budget looking).

Ving Rhames poured himself into the role of Armstrong Cane, and it shows in every scene. He is instantly believable, and instantly likable in a "I can't believe he said that kind of way." All of the cast turned in stellar performances, but I was personally particularly impressed with Dwain Murphy. The sky is truly the limit for this talented young man.

It would be unfair if I didn't comment on the Christian aspect of the Christian film. As a Christian, I was encouraged by this movie. It shows another step in the maturity of Christian film. Poignant without being preachy is probably the best description I can come up with. This is truly a film that a Christian can show to a non-believing friend, and not feel embarrassed by it. That being said,there is certainly a message of redemption, and salvation in the film, but it is presented in a more natural, real and believable way.

I really can't see how anyone can knock this movie for anything other than the fact that they disagree with the Christian message. Because there is really nothing wrong with it. I recommend this movie highly to anyone who likes a good dramatic story, Christian or not.


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