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<em>War Room</em>

Karen Abercrombie (left) and Priscilla Shirer (Provident Films LLC)

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War Room

In the film War Room, many viewers will recognize their own family’s struggles. While modern culture promotes a slew of strategies to retreat from marital strife, War Room portrays a God-centered way to fight the battle for healthy families.

Tony (T.C. Stallings) and Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) have achieved the American dream, but they are living a nightmare. Tony’s questionable business practices threaten his position as a top pharmaceutical rep, and adulterous temptations draw him away from his wife and daughter (Alena Pitts). Elizabeth, a successful real estate agent, is frustrated by her husband’s inattentiveness and suspicious whenever he’s on the road.

She takes on a client, Clara (Karen Abercrombie), a fiery, Christian widow. But it’s really Clara who takes on Elizabeth, and becomes the Christian mentor she needs. Recognizing Elizabeth’s spiritual distress, Clara shows Elizabeth her “war room”—a closet with 40 years of handwritten prayers taped to the walls. Clara doesn’t want Elizabeth to “step on the land mines I did,” so she talks Elizabeth into weekly one-on-ones.

Clara helps Elizabeth understand her family’s sporadic church attendance and prayer habits are as distasteful to God as the lukewarm coffee Clara once deliberately serves her. She teaches Elizabeth to respect and pray for her husband, and let God fight her battles. Elizabeth empties her shoe closet, establishing her own war room.

War Room (rated PG for thematic elements) radiates the same exuberance Clara portrays, but it occasionally goes overboard. A couple of preachy monologues feel forced, and the film needlessly showcases Stallings’ impressive athletic prowess. (He lifts weights, dunks basketballs, performs standing backflips, and jumps Double Dutch ropes.)

Still, there is much to enjoy in War Room, including the acting. Abercrombie and Shirer are especially good in their roles. And the film’s message is certainly timely: If we surrender our families to God in prayer, we can say with Elizabeth, “This house is under new management.”

Comments

  • Sawgunner's picture
    Sawgunner
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 11:43 am

    Name dropping alert. Some years ago my family and I were weeklong family campers at Pine Cove in Tyler Tx. Priscilla was there with her kids. Her husband joined them later. She is a great lady with much deep biblical insight and up until that time I didnt realize she was Anthony Evans' sister.

  • DLK
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 11:43 am

    Amen Janet B. The Kendrick's and their production staff provide evidence to us all that we can grow and progress in our purpose even in our imperfections. As their films continue to get better, so to can we by keeping our focus on the truth of God's word and doing our best, in His strength, to live it out. After all, it is each films impact on individual lives that matter most to God. These films continue to promote life change long after their openings at the box office. I have seen multiple lives including my own impacted positively by these films. They provide hope and emphasize the significance of our faith in the short and long term. The ultimate "review" is God's and I know He is pleased when His truth is presented effectively and with His blessing. To God Be The Glory. 

  • eagleeye's picture
    eagleeye
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 11:43 am

    I've seen this movie. I do recommend it but would advise that it's a little hard to watch for people who have been praying for someone for a long time and are still waiting for God's answer. The movie is a bit simplistic in suggesting our prayers will be answered as quickly and completely as they are in this movie.

  • Janet B
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 11:43 am

    Still, the Kendrick brothers' films just keep getting better: better writing, better acting, better production, bigger release areas, bigger audiences, better response.  It's a good thing!