Refreshing {no-spoiler} movie review! The Reconciler (from Justice Pictures)

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{I was sent this movie for the purpose of enjoyment and review, and affiliate links are included. All opinions expressed are my own…enjoy! :)}

I was in real need of something restorative and uplifting after the horrible events of the past couple of weeks. Yes, I have processed and have sought comfort in the Word, but God was so gracious to give me “extra” in watching this movie 🙂

 

Here is a little about The Reconciler, from Justice Pictures:

In this DOVE approved suspense film a man shrouded in mystery, known only as The Reconciler, gathers those who are estranged, angry, and distant from each other to see if they can reconcile before it’s too late. The film stars Roddy Piper (his first film released since his passing), Sherry Morris (The Book of Ruth), and Frank Cheisurin.

If ever we needed a movie about the power of reconciliation, it is now. I sat down to watch this film, fully aware that it was a Christ-centered movie. (Admittedly, sometimes I think I know how the story will play out, having been a Christian myself for a while now and having seen many Christian films.) Nevertheless, I and my 18 year-old daughter were totally drawn in to the story. In fact, we had to take a break in the middle of it, and when I resumed watching, she was more than willing to snuggle next to me to see it to the end 🙂 By the time we finished The Reconciler, my hope for the future of our nation and our world was renewed a bit more.

Scenes from movie production of  The Reconciler

Director Shawn Justice looks over the script as he discusses the upcoming scene with Kevin Hayes, the Director of Photography.
Director Shawn Justice looks over the script as he discusses the upcoming scene with Kevin Hayes, the Director of Photography.

 

On Day 3 of filming, Jeremy and Jourdan Steel run lines with Scott Galbraith, the Co-Writer and lead actor on the film.
On Day 3 of filming, Jeremy and Jourdan Steel run lines with Scott Galbraith, the Co-Writer and lead actor on the film.
Joshua Justice, Assistant Cameraman, operates the doorway dolly as he and Kevin Hayes, Director of Photography, get a shot of Sherry Morris and Bill Ritchie as they discuss what can happen when you remove God from the equation of life.
Joshua Justice, Assistant Cameraman, operates the doorway dolly as he and Kevin Hayes, Director of Photography, get a shot of Sherry Morris and Bill Ritchie as they discuss what can happen when you remove God from the equation of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I promise not to give away any of the storyline because it is so worth watching, but do let me share with you the following observations:

  • The movie does have a bit of a slow start, so hang in there. give it time to set a few things up – you won’t be disappointed that you did.
  • The storyline itself is interesting, especially in the way the producers chose to unfold the story. The message of Christ is uncompromising without being “preachy”. The characters share, in their own voices, how Christ has touched and changed their own lives…the best kind of testimony, in my humble opinion. And with the message comes some good light-hearted and humorous moments interspersed throughout.
  • I have to say that enjoyed the way in which this movie was filmed as well. they incorporated some newer techniques that really lent themselves well to the narrative.
  • I love the truth that God wants to experience reconciliation with each of us, and I enjoyed seeing how how that played out in each of several scenarios in this movie. The characters wrestle with reconciliation in the family, with reconciliation as peers, and with reconciliation with their own personal relationships with God.
  • The Reconciler used everyday people as actors…yes! Now, there are a few names that you might recognize, but for the most part, they chose relatively unknown men and women to tell the story. Perfect. <3

This is a great movie, and a great family movie. It was refreshing to be able to enjoy a solid story without to mute out language or fast-forward through questionable situations, if you know what I mean 🙂 It’s also a great tool to open up a conversation where maybe there has been tension or a misunderstanding, to give God a chance to mend hearts. Personally, it renewed my hope in our assignment to get the Word out of God’s love for us, and for those who have yet to experience His reconciliation.

For more information about The Reconciler, I encourage you to visit the Justice Pictures website here.  I hope that you enjoy the movie as much as we did!

Hoping in God,

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