They’re not setting the world on fire yet, but Christian-themed films produced by churches are getting better.
At least, that seems to be the trend if you’ve been following movies like “Facing the Giants” (2006) and “Fireproof” (2008). All were produced by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., and each got a little better than the one before.
Now comes “To Save a Life,” a movie about teen suicide and other contemporary problems for high-schoolers. It’s produced by New Song Community Church in Oceanside, Calif., whose youth pastor, Jim Britts, wrote the screenplay.
The church’s proximity to the epicenter of the movie industry means it was able to capitalize on nearby talent to direct, film and act. Production values are excellent. It’s opening on about 440 screens nationwide today.
In “To Save a Life,” basketball star Jake (Randy Wayne) has a pretty, popular girlfriend, Amy (Deja Kreutzberg). His friends love to do shots and play beer pong after the big game.
They are the cool kids. To be one of them, Jake had to ditch his uncool childhood best friend, Roger (Robert Bailey Jr.). But when Roger commits suicide, Jake hits a wall of doubt and guilt. He begins to question his choices. Still, changing his ways and looking out for lonely misfits could cost him his friends.
(It is cool to see films that speak kindly of faith and family based values being made. Now it is up to us who so often complain about the bad things to support these films and the people making them. It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Read more of the above story ‘To Save A Life:’ Christian film’s messages valuable.)