A longtime Christian movie reviewer says the latest feature film from the team behind War Room and Fireproof is the ministry's best so far.
It was a strong showing for Overcomer, the new movie from Sherwood Pictures and the Kendrick Brothers. The Christian film came in third in its opening weekend. It's the sixth movie from brothers Alex, Stephen, and Shannon Kendrick, whose filmography also includes Facing the Giants and Courageous.
On the surface, Overcomer(see trailer below) is about a high school basketball coach who is forced to coach a cross-country program after the town's major employer shutters its doors and many families move away. On a deeper level, however, it's about a person's identity in Christ.
MovieGuide's Ted Baehr says it was a strong opening for Overcomer. "I think it's a very good opening for a film that's reaching out mainly to the Christian audience," he tells OneNewsNow. "Now the Christian audience is gigantic."
More than that, Baehr really liked the movie – which he has awarded with a four-star review and recommendations such as "exemplary" and "well worth seeing." (Watch video review from MovieGuide.)
"I think this is their best movie for many, many years. It has less preaching in it, it's more cohesive. I think it's going to have good word of mouth; I think it's going to build for a long time – and I'm a fan of this movie," he adds.
Baehr he has witnessed the Kendrick Brothers growing as filmmakers.
"What makes a movie zing is a plot, and I told Alex about it, and I said, 'Alex, you've got to cut down,'" the veteran movie reviewer explains. "Every one he sent me in the past I'd say cut out 20 minutes – and this is the first one I've seen that I didn't feel that he had to cut out some of it."
Overcomer carries a PG rating and brought in $8.1 million at the box office (1,723 theaters) over the weekend.
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