In 1936, William and Helen Hemsley (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) welcome identical twin boys into the world. But their joy is quickly tempered by a sobering realization; how could they give these children any kind of a life beyond the desperate poverty that haunted many families in the midst of the Great Depression? When evangelist Reece Wade (Ray Liotta) reveals that he and his wife Louise (Ashley Judd) cannot have children, William feels the Lord's prompting to give them one of the infant boys. Both brothers are born with passion, drive and awesome musical talent, but take very separate, yet converging paths. Drexel Hemsley (Blake Rayne) rises like a comet and changes the music world forever. His adopted brother, Ryan Wade (also played by Blake Rayne) struggles to find the purpose for his life. All the way into manhood he wrestles with pleasing Reverend Wade, his loving but controlling father, who is convinced his son Ryan is called into the ministry. Ryan is encouraged by his ...Written by
I just saw this movie with my wife and friends and we all enjoyed it. I wasn't sure what to expect, and I knew that the movie would have some type of faith message included. I was really hoping that it wouldn't be like so many other cheesy Christian movies I have seen in the past that were so badly made that it was all I could do not to turn it off...which half of them I actually couldn't resist the urge. But, I was pleasantly surprised with this movie! The acting was excellent, the cinematography was decent, it kept you engaged, and it really was a heart moving film.
I appreciated the pro-Israel message and the other biblically based values and messages that we heard throughout the movie, which seemed to come off naturally throughout the film, instead of being forced or awkward. The main actor "Ryan" was really great. His singing and talent was outstanding. The critic that gave his acting and singing a bad review...they must be relatively blind and hard of hearing. It is obvious that such critics have some type of twisted ax to grind...maybe an anti-semite, anti-Christian, or some other such hater. Such reviews are really out of line and non-deserved. To be honest, the Elvis Presley type music is really not my favorite...not my genre...Nonetheless, the movie managed to make me enjoy it while I was watching.
I think the movie was a success. Despite what one critic communicated...specifically, that there was not a clear or major point or redeeming message...From my perspective it was quite to the contrary. I believe the movie made a great point on the subject of Christians supporting Yisra'el, to pursue the calling that God has called us to (and not someone else's calling), to respect and be thankful towards our parents, and to search out and discover our true roots and who we are. I appreciate that the movie brought out that the main character was Jewish, but also had a faith in Yeshua (Jesus) The Messiah, and how both beliefs are compatible, and Biblical. Although...I could have done without the scene with the Christmas tree next to the menorah...Just the menorah with some other symbol that communicated his faith in New Testament writings would have been sufficient.
At any rate, I hope that City Of Peace films goes on to do other high quality and relevant movies. Mazel tov and L'chaim!
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