Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Movie Review - Real

One of my favorite things about Netflix streaming is the abundance of various films.  My favorite is Faith & Spirituality.  I am always looking for something good, and when I find it, I have to share.  The film trailer for this movie is below. 

Pure Flix Entertainment
Starring: Stephen Krist, Danelle Simpson, Marty Lathrop, John Horstmann, Erwin Smith, David Krist, and Paul Wampler 

About the film (from the Christian Movie Database):
All of our lives we’ve been told that life isn’t fair, yet no one has ever bothered to tell us why.
Is life merely a culmination of our own failures, compounded one after another, or are things truly beyond our control? Is there a God? If so, is He truly out there, looking on us lovingly, or does He despise us and laugh as we stumble around in the darkness of our own humanity?
The lives of four individuals unravel as they face a world of consequences both thrust upon them and as a product of their choices. Either way, reality is the result.

My Review:  "Real" tells four different stories of lives.  The stories are not far fetched in their possibility.  We all probably know at least one person who has lived a life quite similar yet different in their own way.  We all make choices and we are impacted by those choices.  The results from those choices is ours, but the chance to do something different is also ours.  Change is not easy.  Doing something different from what we did to get us to where we are is a process that is usually less than a good time, but with God all things are possible.  Living in a rut of the results of bad choices is not living the life God created you to live.  He has so much better for you.  This film shows you this. 

If you are looking for a high budget film, this isn't for you.  The message however is well worth it.  God cares about you and wants to be there for you.  Even with the most difficult circumstances, there are often two choices...choose life.   "Real" is well acted.  The message is pure and clear and delivered in an honest way.  Not everyone has a great budget, but that doesn't mean a film doesn't have a great message.  Give it a chance.  I believe you'll like it.  I did.

This is a faith based film with a great message.  As I often review family friendly films, I want to stress that I would not watch this with a young child.  There is some violent imagery and some grown up subject matter.  Things are done tastefully, but still I would not watch this with younger than say age 14.  And I would watch it with them so you could discuss it afterwards.  Watch it yourself first though, because you know what you would allow your child to see.

I give "Real" four out of five stars.  



  1. thank you for the review and suggestion. we are ALWAYS interested in finding a new movie!!

  2. 'Sounds like my kind of movie! Thanks for the review! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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