Its movies like these that piss me off. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind Christians and their beliefs. They can do their own thing; religion is not what I am about. I respect them and hopefully they can say the same for me (probably not). This movie revolves around being a good father and husband. I’m no father, nor husband, but I get what they are trying to say. If there is one thing that pisses me off the most though, it is when some self-righteous prick tries shoving what they believe down people’s throats. Certainly no one is that arrogant enough to do that to someone, nonetheless thousands of moviegoers. Wait….
Let me give you the gist of the story
So this movie centers on Adam (Alex Kendrick), who is a police officer and a husband with two kids. Adam is seemingly having a hard time balancing work with home (Shown in a scene where he says: “I love you” to his boss on the phone, but come on, he probably did it on purpose). Adam’s relationship with his kids seems to be lacking. His daughter, he was afraid to show his love to her, and his son, I believe he called him stubborn because he likes playing video games and running 5 miles a day. What a jackass. Anyway, Adam has a tight knit clan with his fellow officers Nathan (Kevin Bevel), David (Ben Davies), and Shane (Kevin Downes). They all hang out and shoot the shit. Sometime later, while working on building a shed with newfound friend Javier (Robert Amaya), one of the officers comes to Adam’s house and tells him one of his family members was in a fatal car crash.
From there, we get 30 minutes or more of crying from the family members that seems like it will never end. Seriously, it gets a little uncomfortable how much they cry, at least for me. I heard a few older couples sobbing in the rows ahead of me. Tells you what kind of crowd goes to this (And then there’s me!). So Adam consults his pastor to have him talk some sense in to him, and of course he says something along the lines of getting in touch with god. I thought he was going to say get wasted and bang hookers, but that obviously wasn’t happening. So he devised this resolution in which he promises to god his responsibilities as a parent and a husband. He shows it to his friends and they are interested enough to join in drinking the Kool-Aid. Then we get a scene with the main members in formal suits reading some sort of oath and the rest of the movie is them putting their resolution to work. Ugh.
Okay, so the story is lame. We’ve seen shit like this before. A guy doesn’t realize what he has until it’s gone (I think there’s a monster ballad for that). The morals of it are there and you get that sense of inspiration, unless you are me, the giant walking storm of pessimism. It’s a less than average movie, but what makes it shitty is its constant reminder that it’s about god. There could be a drinking game within this movie. Every time they say god, you take a shot. You would be wasted within 5 minutes and legally dead within half an hour. They are so full of Jesus juice that they are completely ignorant to anything else thrown at them. God doesn’t find you a job, you have to get off your lazy ass and do it your fucking self. Don’t rely on your beliefs to do the hard work for you, you MAY actually have to work for your money on your own.
I’m not saying having faith is wrong. Let it guide your life, but don’t let it become your life. It’s when it becomes your life that shit like 9/11 happens, and in the American Christian’s hands, that is fucking dangerous (I’m talking about you Rick Perry [Though I'm not sure he's completely Christian]). Let it be known, I am not preaching shit. If you don’t like it, I can go fuck myself for all you care.
The acting of the movie was passable. It seemed believable enough to make me never want to meet these religious-obsessive people in person. Alex Kendrick wrote, directed, and starred in this film, so we can tell who has had a little too much church as a kid.
This movie in general was bullshit. It ran about 40 minutes too long with shit we didn’t need in there, and hell, a character we didn’t even need. If you are not down with the G-Man (God), then you should not see this movie. I strongly recommend you to avoid this at all costs unless you have faith in what it so forcefully preaches down your throat hole. I left the theater offended that such film could even be made, but in ‘Merica we have that whole freedom of speech and religion that halts me from further protesting. I can’t believe I went the whole review without stating the movie’s name.
Courageous – 3.5/10