Courageous Movie Review Summary

Actors: Alex Kendrick, Ben Davies, T.C. Stallings, Ken Bevel

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Four policeman struggle to be good cops and also good fathers. Ken Bevel plays the main character Nathan Hayes. Nathan is at a gas station cleaning the windshield of his truck, when a brazen thief attempts to steal the truck. Nathan grabs onto to truck as it pulls away, then fights the thief while dangling outside the window. He succeeds in making the thief crash the truck, but the thief runs away. All Nathan cares about is to get to his little baby boy that is in the truck in the back seat.
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The police are called by bystanders. When the cops arrive, Shane Fuller (played by Kevin Downes) and Adam Mitchell (played by Alex Kendrick), they realize that Nathan is a new recruit joining them after recently relocating to the town. One other new recruit, David Thomson (played by Ben Davies) becomes part of the group of four policemen that all become good friends.

One thing they all have in common, beside being police, is either troubles with their kids or with their father. Nathan did not know his real father, so he befriended another adult male that became a sort of surrogate father. Nathan has three children and his daughter Jade (played by Taylor Hutcherson) hates him because he is so controlling. Nathan will not let his daughter date Derrick (played by David Howze) because he is a drug dealer and a gang banger. Shane is divorced, like his parents were also, and he only sees his son once and awhile. Adam has a young daughter Emily (played by Lauren Etchells) that he adores but he doesn't get along very well with his teen-age son Dylan (played by Rusty Martin). David is young and single but it is revealed that he fathered a child out of wedlock and then abandoned the woman when he could not convince her to have an abortion.

In a unexpected moment, Adam's daughter Emily is hit by a driver who is drunk. She dies. After this, Adam decides to make a resolution which is a promise to be a better father. He gets his other three police buddies to also agree to promise to abide by the resolution which includes many things such as integrity and honoring God and family. They all agree to try to uphold their promise to keep the resolution. This effort to improve themselves results in many positive changes in their family lives and allows them to heal past wounds.

Adam discovers that his police buddy Shane steals drugs from the evidence locker to sell them. Because of the resolution, Adam feels compelled to turn Shane in. Adam sets up a trap so that Shane is caught. After Shane goes to prison, Adam visits him. They have a reconciliation and Shane asks Adam to watch over his son for him. There is a fight with the drug gang members. Derrick is part of the gang. Derrick recognizes Nathan as the father of the girl he liked. Derrick goes against the other gang members to keep them from shooting Nathan. Derrick tells Nathan the reason he is in a gang, is because he has no father to look up to.
Best part of story, including ending: The commonality of all men having troubles with either their children or their father is a very compelling theme that is explored in many different interesting ways in this movie.

Best scene in story: I like the scene in the beginning, when the man fights off the robber of his truck, not because he is so worried about losing the truck, but because his child is in the vehicle. This powerful opening scene sets the tone for the rest of the movie.

Opinion about the main character: The main characters learn how to honor and forgive both themselves and those that hurt them from the past which is admirable. The resolution pledge is inspiring.

The review of this Movie prepared by Willi Vision a Level 31 Creepy Stalker Barn Owl scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   lawmen

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None

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