Strictly for the faithful.
With such box-office successes as Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous to their credit, there’s no denying that the Kendrick brothers have tapped into a deep market for faith-based films. Their latest effort, War Room, doesn’t stray far from their well-established template and should well succeed in attracting their literally faithful audiences, although its heavy-handed proselytizing and soap opera-ish storytelling will prove a turn-off to those who don’t pray on a daily basis.
Indeed, prayer is the main theme of the plot which involves the troubled marriage between real-estate broker Elizabeth (Priscilla C. Shirer, a prominent Christian speaker and author making her film debut) and Tony (T.C. Stallings), a successful pharmaceutical rep. Tony, so bulked-up that he appears to be dipping into his company’s steroids, has little use for his wife, telling a friend “I’m just tired of her,” and pays little attention to the couple’s adorable 10-year-old daughter Danielle (Alena Pitts).
Increasingly distraught over her husband’s emotional abuse, Elizabeth finds her life changed when she meets her latest client, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), an elderly widow who advises her that the only way she can mend her husband’s errant ways is by praying to God for help. And casual prayer isn’t enough; this must be focused, fervent prayer, offered on high from the right venue. What Elizabeth must do, as Miss Clara did, is set up a “war room,” which in Elizabeth’s case is her clothes closet, formerly the scene of her secret binge eating of potato chips.
Regarding the title of the film, director Kendrick says “We called it ‘War Room’ because, like the military, we should seek God for the right strategy before going into combat. By combat, I mean daily issues we face in our culture.” The film was released in North American theaters on August 28, 2015
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