If you were looking for a high quality production faith-based movie to fill your spiritual cup, then this is the movie for you.
From The Kendrick brothers, who brought you Christian themed movies Fireproof and Courageous, War Room continues this tradition, but with nicer visuals and much better editing. With War Room we are told the story of the Jordan family and straight away you learn that husband and father Tony (T.C. Stallings) is a successful business man as well as a devious person that is charming and smooth when away from home but a real asshole when he is home with his family. His wife Elizabeth Jordan (Priscilla C. Shirer) also enjoys a successful career in real estate and when she meets her new client, the elderly and spiritual woman, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie) the pair form a strong bond.
Miss Clara, with some kind of clairvoyant power, immediately picks up that there are issues with Elizabeth’s marriage and confronts her about it. Elizabeth opens up to Miss Clara about the issues she is dealing with at home and her frustrations with her husband. Having dealt with issues like this before Miss Clara shares with Elizabeth her secret to dealing with the hardships of her relationship as well as life in general. This tactic is a form of spiritual warfare where she advises Elizabeth to transform one of her closets into a prayer room – her War Room.
Lo and behold and not before long a transformation begins with Tony, and he begins to change his ways and attitude towards life and his family. He grows a conscience at work and he starts to spend time with his wife and showing interest in his daughter, Danielle (Alena Pitts) and her activities. Before you know it and without doubt he finds his faith and grows his morality as a husband and a father. He takes responsibility for his wrong doings and mends the errors of his ways.
Nothing wrong with that message, in fact it is a nice change from the droves of immoral shows and movies that we are exposed to. For a “Christian” movie The Kendrick Brothers do a good job of making a movie, clearly driven with a strong religious undertone and heavy loaded with moral breadcrumbs. I am sure that this movie was made with the intention of reaching the masses and spreading a positive message, but let’s be honest – this movie will mostly be watched by the faithful. That’s not to say that it can’t be enjoyed by all.
If you can open your mind to something different to your normal viewing entertainment you will find a good family movie, that has a good message. Something that we can all do with from time to time.
Directed and co written by Alex Kendrick, War Room is available on DVD now.
Last Updated: April 7, 2016