Movie Review: The Grace Card
Mac McDonald (Michael Joiner) is a police officer who is left angry with God and the world following the tragic loss of his son years ago. Now, unrest and turmoil fill his home. Sergeant Sam Wright (Michael Higgenbottom) then enters the picture as his temporary patrol partner. The two must fight their own inner struggles, and also try to look past their own differences – especially the ones that are only skin-deep.
The movie starts out with a flashback scene that may be a bit disturbing to some viewers. Nothing is actually shown, but what happens is well implied. It provides a specific part of the movie’s plot however. The movie has several such scenes which may be disturbing to some, and some violent ones as well, and has been given a PG-13 rating.
The movie provides a tough, yet convincing and important look on some of the modern problems which linger in our society. More specifically, racism and the crumbling family life.
Admittedly, I did feel as if a number of scenes were fairly predictable. This is something that is rather hard to avoid considering all the film ideas that have already been done, but this stands out as the films prominent shortcoming. I feel as if some scenes could been made far less predictable yet still convey the same message.
The main lesson in this story is the grace card, where the movie obviously draws its title from. Following a sermon which does not sit well with his congregation, Sam’s grandfather (Louis Gossett Jr.) gives him “the grace card.” But what is it? The grace card was a letter written by Sam’s then 8 year old great-great grandfather. It was a promise from him to his former slave owner stating he would “pray for you every day, ask your forgiveness, grant you the same, and be your friend always.” It becomes a major focal point in the movie.
The ending was not something I had seen coming though. After watching the movie a second time though, one can see easily see the foreshadowing that lead up to it. This ending was an effective close to the movie. It thoroughly summed up the message of grace and forgiveness that the movie was written and made to convey to the audience.
Overall, the movie is a good one, worth picking up now that it has hit store shelves. It suffers from predictability yet it is still an impressive debut from film director Dr. David Evans and well-respected Hollywood writer Howard A. Klausner. Overall I am giving the film a total of four stars out of five. The film is certainly one of the best that Provident Films has put out, but it lacks the same shine that Fireproof and Facing The Giants had.
The question I was left wondering though is how it will stack-up against the upcoming film, Courageous, also by Provident Films. Both movies seem to revolve around the lives of cops who have a tragedy strike home. I suppose we will just have to wait and see. We’re hoping to bring you another film review when it comes out later this year.
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