DVD Review: "Unstoppable" out on DVD1:28 AM
I put off reviewing this movie for awhile, simply because I knew it was a heavy topic, and I was not necessarily looking forward to an evening of getting emotional. (I just had a baby 4 months ago, so most of my TV watching has been light and fluffy....)
My family knew about the movie "Unstoppable" a project of Kirk Cameron and Liberty University, however, and it was on our list of movies to watch. I popped this in when the kids were all in bed, and hubby and I sat down to watch.
It was a 65 minute long film, but it didn't feel short. Unstoppable attempts to answer the question "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people." As someone who was just crying last night after hearing about a family who lost most of their children in a house fire, I had been guilty of asking myself this same question. I'm a follower of Jesus, someone who has become stronger in my faith since becoming a mother, but also someone who has a hard time answering this question for myself, my kids, and people I know who don't believe in God. It feels like a loaded question with no easy answer.
Kirk spends the duration of the film giving the backstory of God, how He created us, and how we ultimately chose to sin against one another. He discusses the flood, a new beginning, and how we created a world of death and pain. He tells this story, with vivid imagery, overlapping scenes from the funeral of a 10-year-old boy who had died of cancer, and monologues from his home. For the first 45 minutes of the film, it feels, gritty and intense, and not necessarily all that enjoyable.
But like all great stories, there is a happy ending. Kirk reminds us of the whole story. He connects the suffering we see around us in the world with the pain and rejection that God himself felt as He hung on the cross. He brings together the hurt of the world with the role God will play in the final chapter. He does it with such gentleness, conviction, and strength, that you are left breathless and believing that all is not lost.
Unstoppable amazed me in how it told the truth about sin, pain, and the world we live in. It gives no easy answers, and - to be honest - it doesn't exactly answer the question of why God allows suffering in the way you hope it will. But it does tell the Good News in a new way and for a new time. It is a great film for families (although I recommend it for teens and older) and for anyone who wishes to feel secure in a time when nothing is certain.
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