“War Room” opened to rave reviews this weekend in theatres across America. The feature film about prayer is brought to theatres by the creators of “Fireproof” and “Courageous”, also faith films. The movie takes you through the course of the crumbling marriage of Tony and Elizabeth Jordan,a marriage resembling countless marriages today. Many men that find themselves in Tony’s predicament may have also found themselves victims of the latest Ashley Madison hack. In this case however, prayer literally saves the marriage and alters the course of life for the wayward couple.
War Room is a part of a new brand of faith films that equals that of its secular counterparts. Faith films have reached the production levels and budget of other blockbuster films and are receiving blockbuster billing as well, albeit in the faith community alone. Though there are comedic elements to the movie, the premise is no laughing matter!
“When you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
“War Room” serves as real life reminder that prayer is a powerful weapon. Here are five additional reasons you should go see War Room this weekend:
1. It opened at #1 “War Room’ Crowds ‘Compton’ & Treads On Zac Efron’s ‘Friends” (Anthony D’Alessandro, Deadline.com). Friday night numbers are in, why not keep it #1 to close out the weekend?
2. Prayer actually IS a powerful weapon and many believers stand to be reminded of that not only in marriage, but in everyday interaction.
3. It is a movie with a message beyond the big screen: “…our hope is War Room and the resources connected to this movie will be a tool to help people join together to pray for one another, our families, our communities, our nation, and our leaders. Prayer draws us closer to God’s heart and His desires.” –Stephen Kendrick, War Room producer
4. The film explores faith and family from a black family perspective. While similarities with believers seemingly end where racial lines begin, there is a message for all believers in the movie. The Huffington Post took notice of it in an article written earlier this month.
5. Through the vehicle of entertainment and real world scenarios, believers and non-believers alike are taken along on a journey of faith and the power of prayer.
“We will see and explosion of the presence of God as a result of the prayers of His people.” -Dr. Tony Evans
Though the movie has received great reviews in the faith community, mainstream reviews are not so pleasant. Entertainment website thewrap.com has compiled seven of the harshest reviews of “War Room”. One of the harshest reviews comes from Jim Judy of Screen It:
“The flick has a potentially dangerous ‘remedy’ to domestic abuse … it’s not up to Elizabeth to change or judge her husband, regardless of his behavior. Instead, she should respect, love, forgive, and pray for him, and let God do the rest. That’s all fine and dandy, but there are plenty of religious wives (and children) who’ve eventually been beaten and even killed by abusive husbands/fathers despite all of the prayers in the world.”
Judy’s dismissive review discounts the power of prayer and even mocks those for whom it has worked. The review is also critical couples in crisis who choose to stay and pray as in the case of the movie. It goes without saying that “War Room” doesn’t advocate domestic violence, nor does it discount the real harm abuse victims are faced with in abusive situations.
God has us fight not human flesh and blood but fight the war that is in the heavenlies that can only happen from our knees. -Beth Moore
The film stars Priscilla Shirer (daughter of Dr.Tony Evans) and T.C. Stallings with Karen Abercrombie as the climacteric senior citizen Miss Clara, who encourages the troubled wife (Shirer) to establish a ‘war room’ in her home. Believers are encouraged to not only see the movie but schedule group outings to theatres this weekend. At the movie’s screening at MegaFest on last weekend, the consensus was clear: “Go see this movie!” Many in attendance promised to see the movie again this opening weekend.
To find showings in your area, visit the “War Room” page on Fandango.com. To take advantage of the powerful message, visit the resources page on the movie site. Share your comments in the comment section, below.