The war room, during turbulent times, is that situation room in which lines are drawn, the enemy is studied and strategic plans are developed for implementation. But this weekend, war will be declared as the latest movie directed by Alex Kendrick, is released nationwide.
“War Room” stars T.C. Stallings, Elizabeth Becka, Noel Baker, Karen Abercrombie, Priscilla Evans Shirer, Ashley Bratcher, Rusty Martin St. and Alena Pitts, with other supporting actors. The story centers around the Jordan family who appears to have everything anyone could want—a beautiful home and .great jobs with top salaries. Tony, played by Stallings, is a pharmaceutical sales representative and Elizabeth, a real estate agent, played by Shrier. To the outside world, Tony and Elizabeth Jordan appear to have it all. Their sixteen-year marriage, however, is floundering. They constantly argue, usually about money issues. In addition, it is having a devastating impact upon their ten-year-old daughter, Danielle,(played by Pitts) which has gone unnoticed by the both of them.
Enter, Ms. Clara, a widow who had been married for fourteen years, before the untimely death of her husband. His death left Ms. Clara, played by Abercrombie, to raise their son, Clyde, alone. As she has become aged, it is necessary for her to sell her home and move in with her son. She meets Elizabeth and through sharing her faith and testimonies, she teaches lessons to the young wife and mother. She helps Elizabeth to see that it is necessary for her to fight for her marriage in the right way and to use the right strategies and resources to do so.
Ms. Clara teaches Elizabeth about her war room, the closet in which she prays for her own life situations as well as others.The war room is her favorite place in the house. She shares a strategy with Elizabeth, who begins to slowly implement the plan, which appears to be weird to her loved ones who do not understand it initially. Through her developing friendship with Elizabeth, Ms. Clara reveals the plan of salvation and stands strong in her faith. This has a major effect upon Elizabeth.
Tony, on the verge of infidelity, becomes more distant from his wife, Elizabeth and even dashes the hopes and dreams of his daughter. He, eventually, suffers a job loss, which leads to his discovery of the war room. The war room, ultimately, impacts the entire family and also leads to confession and redemption.
Themes in the movie run along the lines of faith, relationships, deceit, redemption and the power of prayer.
The movie theater was extremely quiet as the audience became wrapped up in the story lines. Moviegoer Tennille Johnson said she would give “War Room” five stars. She said it was good from beginning to end and it paralleled her life. Another theater patron, Joyce Brooks, said she loved the message the movie gave and felt that anyone could relate to it. She said it was good to see a marriage go through and still survive. She also gave the movie five stars.
“War Room” was written by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. It is rated PG-13 and opens nationwide in theaters on Friday, August 28, 2015. For more information, check out the website. To see the official movie trailer, click here.