Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In His Steps Movie Reivew

 In His Steps is based on the book by Charles Sheldon. It is about a homeless man who is on the verge of death. He comes to the church and other businesses around the town of Raymond for help, but finds none. One Sunday, he comes into a local church pastured by Henry Maxwell. He makes a vibrant and true speech about how Christians no longer help people, and only play the part of a "Christian" but really do not do anything about their faith. Bro. Maxwell is moved by the man's words, and challenges his congregation to ask, before making any decisions, "What Would Jesus Do?" Only some come forward and partake in the challenge, while most complain about the pastor's efforts. Will the ones who took the challenge be able to complete it? Or will they fall into temptation?

This was written and directed by Zack Lawrence, a fellow reviewer, of christian independent films. I have been watching his videos for some time now, and when I heard he was making and releasing a movie, I could not have been more excited. I admired his film taste, and knew he would do a great job. And he definitely did!

The story is very well pieced together and never drags. The cinematography is done beautifully, and uniquely. There were plenty of twist and exciting scenes to keep the audience intrigued. The acting on many parts was done very well, but some needed great improvement. But, it wasn't enough to make me lose interest.

The greatest thing about this movie was the message itself. It really is about being a Christian, and not seeming like a Christian. Christianity is not only about the profession, but about the performance. As it says in the Bible--"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone," James 2:17. This movie is not a "feel good about yourself" Christian movie. It really makes you think about what you are doing to please God. This movie challenges everyone watching to ask themselves what Jesus would do, just like the people in this movie are asked to do. But, we don't just see the happy side of things. We see the struggle one would have in this situation, and because of that, In His Steps is very unique. Sadly, not many Christian films do this.

This was a very well made film with a fantastic message. If you haven't seen In His Steps, I highly recommend it!

Also, if you would like to check out Zack Lawrence's review show, go to this link:

And click here to go to Standing Sun Productions, the studio that made In His Steps: http://www.standingsun.com/