Monday, August 27, 2012

I Am Gabriel

I Am Gabriel

Release Date:  August 28th

Cast of Characters

  • Dean Cain … Sheriff Brody
  • Gavin Casalegno … Gabriel
  • Elise Baughman … Ellen Murphy
  • Carey Scott … Joe Murphy
  • Jenn Gotzon … Monroe
  • John Schneider … Doc
  • Mike Norris … Chad Smith
  • Rebekah Kennedy … Camrynn Ford
  • Joe Berryman … Pastor Ford
  • Rebekah Turner … Tonya Ford
  • Lynette Elliot … Karen Smith
  • Stephanie Peterson … Kelly Wall
  • Greta Norris … Lucy Wall
  • Mary Wheat … Hannah
An unforgiving sun, a parched earth, and a failed economy have left a small Texas town desolate. For ten years Promise, Texas has known nothing but one curse after another. It’s barren, broken, and dying, leaving a town full of despair. When a couple finds a boy walking along a dusty road, alone in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but a mat tucked under his arm, they pick him up in hopes of helping him. What they don’t realize is that he has come to help them and the residents of Promise.

No one knows who he is or where he came from. Some think he’s an answer to prayer. Others think he’s a runaway or a false prophet. And the only thing this boy will say about himself is that he’s here to help. The town’s sheriff, Brody, is determined to uncover the truth. But Brody has his own problems…trying to hold a dying town together.

Miracle after miracle takes place and the residents of Promise embrace the boy. But when the beloved town doctor dies, it is time for the truth to be revealed. The boy pleads with Brody in front of the whole town to believe that he’s come to help, not to hurt anyone. Finally, with his back against the wall the boy reveals his true identity.

Review


I was asked to do a pre-release screening of the movie "I am Gabriel".   I had no idea what it was about other than the small synopsis which they sent me. I put together a focus group of people to help me preview the movie.  Their ages ranged from 10 to 50.  I am going to list some of the pro's and con's that they listed after watching the movie.

Pro's 

Outside of the little boy who played Gabriel, the acting was pretty good.  

There was a lot of emphasis on turning to God to prayer for the solutions in your life.

Loved seeing the sign change from the beginning to the end.

Great to watch a movie without cussing and all the disturbing things you normally see on television or other movies.  


A lot of people could relate to the the theme "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

Con's

The production value was so-so although it was what I expected from a Christian production.

Do you really think angels sit down on prayer mats?    Are prayer mats even required to enter into God's presence?  That seemed like such a nod to Mormonism or Islam. 

Not one time was the name of Jesus mentioned.   When leading the newspaper man to God, he never once offered him the plan of salvation.   He just said God had a gift.    It was very empty.

End thoughts...
While the movie started off kind of slow, it was an easy to movie to watch with our bunch of friends and a big bowl of popcorn.   We don't feel it was theologically sound or something that we would want to show to a group of non-believers.   It fit more into the "feel good" category.   However, it led to a great group discussion afterwards and in the end we had a good night of friendship discussing the true source of hope in our life -- Jesus Christ.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this movie for free in order to conduct this review. However, I'm not under any obligation to write a positive review in exchange for the movie.


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