A realistic plot and great acting provide a solid foundation for this drama from first time director (and experienced recording artist) Steve Taylor. Taylor uses documentary-style camera shots and quick scene cuts throughout the film to create an involving plot where audiences get to see the internal workings of church management plus the personal journey of two pastors and the people they help.
Michael W. Smith stars as Pastor Ethan Jenkins who helps his father, Jeremiah, played by J. Don Ferguson, manage the mega-church, The Rock. Ethan eventually finds himself in a situation unfamiliar and challenging. Ethan experiences the urban challenges of their sister church, Second Chance. Filmmakers wisely use Smith’s Grammy® winning musical talents, though other accomplished musicians like Third Day and Rueben Studdard also grace the film’s excellent music soundtrack.
Jeff Obafemi Carr also makes a great leading acting debut as Pastor Jake Sanders of Second Chance Church, who uses a stern approach in his ministry focusing on self-discipline and personal accountability. He and his wife, played by Lisa Arrindell Anderson, have forged a place as important community members amid crime and poverty.
Both men share their past, present and future plans for the church and eventually discover their similar goals and compassion for people. Working together as a team, Ethan grows as a person out of his comfort zone and Jake learns to ask for help. Many of the supporting characters’ situations are left open-ended, but the film instills hope and the encouragement that even one person can make a difference.
Recommended (*** out of four stars) and rated PG-13 for minor language and drug/prostitution related content.
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