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I Am (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 October 2010 (USA)
I AM offers an insight into the true nature of our God, and fights the damaging stereotypes of His character through a gritty, non-linear drama with a plot weaving around average people violating the Ten Commandments - one by one.

Director:

John Ward

Writer:

John Ward
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Credited cast:
Tomas Boykin ... I AM
John Ward ... Aaron Rossdale
Todd Zeile Todd Zeile ... Trevor Evans
Stefan Hajek ... Jake Russell
Jay Hindle ... Lance Vita
Amy Holland Pennell ... Alice Bordeaux (as Amy Holland)
Christinna Chauncey ... Angelica Vita
Greg Fisk Greg Fisk ... Dr. Ortus
Gary Edward Gary Edward ... Selani
Laura McHenry Laura McHenry ... Eva
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bishop Kate Bishop ... Elaine
Joy Dineo Joy Dineo ... Gate Agent
Courtney Duckworth Courtney Duckworth ... Sarah Russell
Josie Gammell ... Lt. Everett
Ace Marrero Ace Marrero ... Officer Allegro
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I AM offers an insight into the true nature of our God, and fights the damaging stereotypes of His character through a gritty, non-linear drama with a plot weaving around average people violating the Ten Commandments - one by one.

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It pays to remember...

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eu Sou See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Bay Ridge Films See more »
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Color
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The genesis of this film was originally produced as a DVD series entitled "Liquid: The Ten, Part 1" and "Liquid: The Ten, Part 2". The feature film version develops further on the characters and related plot lines and has a many additional scenes that were filmed specifically for feature release. See more »

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Edited from Liquid: The Ten, Volume One (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Facedown
Music by Steve Underwood and Chuck Butts
Lyrics by Scott Spiezio
Performed by Sandfrog
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Conversations with God
23 October 2016 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 2010 and written/directed by John Ward, "I AM" is an inspirational drama centering around a several interconnecting people in the Los Angeles area who violate the Ten Commandments one way or another.

While "I AM" starts out convoluted and confusing with too many characters -- too many of them unlikable -- and not enough focus on any one of them, around the midway point I GOT it. I GOT what the writer/director was doing and my initial irritation morphed into respect. I was struck by the uniqueness of the film, particularly a movie with Christian themes. The quality actors, albeit no-name, pull off the difficult material, especially Tomas Boykin's monumentally challenging role as the titular character. Sure, the idea was taken from 2003's "Bruce Almighty," but that was a comedy. It's much harder to pull off such a role in a serious drama. In addition, the cinematography, editing, poignant script and choice songs on the soundtrack worked together to produce a unique and moving film with gems to mine on future viewings.

On that note, "I AM" ain't' just another Christian drama. The non-linear story is told in a gritty, kinetic manner and offers fascinating insights into the nature of God, dismantling the damaging stereotypes thereof. The conversations with the LORD you observe the characters participate in are obviously not literal, but they're well done and absolutely relatable to real life. We all have such "conversations," whether we are willing to admit it or not. These dialogues are more typically inward, where you converse with your higher nature -- your spirit, conscious or (as Freud called it) the super-ego. We either defend our negative, destructive thoughts & actions or we change for the positive in response to the voice of God via our spirit or conscience. Here's an example from my own life: Several years ago I was stuck in a dead-end job that I had for a dozen years and I'd walk down the halls hearing a 'voice' within telling me over and over: "You're wasting time!" I just KNEW I was supposed to get out and take a leap of faith in order to fulfill my true calling. So that's what I did and I've been exponentially blessed because of it, which is not to say that everything's been peaches 'n' cream; far from it, in fact.

When the movie came to the part about keeping the Sabbath I was expecting the writer to espouse the same old eye-rolling religious clichés, but I was pleasantly surprised that he got it right. Excellent job on this front.

Three of the standout songs on the aforementioned soundtrack are "I Am" by Jesica Specht and "Facedown" and "Save Yourself" by Sandfrog. Check 'em out on Youtube.

If you watched this movie and didn't like it I encourage you to give it another try.

The film runs 89 minutes and was shot in the Los Angeles area.

GRADE: B


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