Based on true to life stories at a healing ranch for challenged teen girls in North Carolina that tells a tremendous story of redemption and triumph, with a message of unconditional love, ... See full summary »
VIRTUOUS is a modern day version of Proverbs 31. It's the story of a Hollywood starlet, a soldier on the battlefield, the successful businesswoman, and the housekeeping and cooking skills of dear old Mom.
Jackson Stone is a reckless and troubled teen who rejects faith and the church as he blames God for everything bad in his life. At home, his seemingly uncaring parents ignore him, at school he's an outcast, and his only friend, Gunner, continues to pull him deeper and deeper into the abyss of trouble on the streets. Jackson struggles to come to terms with his fear of death, and his own mortality as he fights a life threatening illness. After a brush with the law, Jackson is sentenced to community service and placed under the watchful eye of Russell Tecumseh, a tough, streetwise pastor who operates a local homeless shelter. While at the shelter, Jackson forges an unlikely friendship with Nathan, a destitute homeless veteran, and as their friendship flourishes, they each learn important lessons about life, trust, and something neither have truly experienced... Friendship. As Jackson progresses towards faith, he begins to transform from a street hoodlum to a responsible young man, but ... Written by
I am, by nature, a tough critic; it takes a lot to impress me, it takes a lot to suck me into a film (to care about the characters, to be emotionally connected with the plot), and I went to a screening of Jackson's Run not really knowing what to expect.
Jackson's Run is a powerful and intense film with an equally powerful and intense message; the various elements of this movie has remained with me, and not a day has passed where I haven't thought of the complex characters, their relationships, the thought-provoking plot and the universal, multi-faceted message ... and the intense emotions that the film evoked. And emotions were high amongst the audience during the screening I attended; you could hear the audience's emotional reaction to certain scenes, and alas, when an entire audience can be heard reacting to the main characters and their collective plightwhen the audience loves the characters to this degreethe filmmakers have done their job and done so superlatively.
While Christianity is an important theme of Jackson's Run, the religious aspect of the film was well crafted and presented; again, the underlying message of this film is universal and it's also multi-dimensional and through subtlety, the audience takes away the importance of the film and does so without being barraged like most films with a message (religious, political, etc) tend to do. I admire the craftsmanship at which this was achieved. Regardless of a person's faith, I believe they will leave this film feeling touched and inspired.
In closing, as an author, I also admire the meticulous weaving of the intense plot and furthermore, I admire the filmmaker's ability to successfully convey such a complex storyline into a cohesive film.
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