“A Question of Faith” opens nationally in USA ranking 11 in early box office receipts FeaturedWritten by Bill Bray
By Bill Bray, ASSIST News Service Special Correspondent (ANS Movie Review)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS, October 1, 2017) – The Christian tear-jerker, A Question of Faith, opened over the weekend on 661 local movie screens across the USA. Early box-office receipts ranked it as number 11 as of Saturday night, a respectable spot for a faith-based film released without heavy promotion or advertising.
If church group sales and word of mouth kick in, the film’s slow start could easily turn into a hit with Christian audiences in October. Theater attendance in the next week will be very revealing and I pray that pastors and Christian leaders will see this movie themselves and promote attendance.
The film is very moving. My wife and I reviewed it at the Saturday matinée in our local multi-plex and there was not a dry eye in the house. I am glad I saw it with my wife, who cried right along with the other women in the audience as Pastor Campbell and his family dealt with the loss of their little boy.
While worldly reviewers will surely scorn this film, we were touched and edified by the way multiple spiritual themes were woven together by director Kevin Otto and screen writer Ty Manns of Silver Lining Entertainment.
A Question of Faith, distributed and financed by PureFlix, is a slick, well-produced epic telling the story of three Christian families brought together through a tragic texting accident. The African American music and worship was authentic. The sets, lighting and script were excellent. The film stars Richard Jones, Kim Fields and Thomas Howell, who acted believably and faithfully engaged big spiritual issues.
In the story, the young son of a local mega-church pastor is killed by a careless teenage driver distracted by texting while driving. Three Christian families, representing Afro-American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures find racial harmony and spiritual answers as they face the cascade of consequences in their personal lives, families, business and church community. The story is a bit convoluted and contrived especially as it deals with organ transplanting, but still very entertaining.
The film is the brainchild of veteran African American producer Angela White and is rated PG for thematic elements. It’s a real heartbreaker, dealing with themes of anger, loss, forgiveness, faith, guilt, justice and classic questions of God’s will and sovereignty.
As of Saturday night, the film had grossed only $400,000 on the 661 screens—not enough for most theater owners to keep it alive for another week. So, how Christian audiences support the film this week will be critical.
On a scale of five, this ambitious film gets four stars from me. No doubt, most Christian audiences will feel it worthwhile, and the spiritually sensitive will find many applications in their own lives.
Photo captions: 1) Part of the cast for the movie. 2) A scene from the film. 3) Bill Bray.
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