AN NRT MOVIE REVIEW
Chasing Poignancy
Under the radar Christian film 'Chasing Grace' is a cut above the average film with its ability to emotionally resonate.
 



Chasing Grace dives head first into heartbreaking drama that few Christian movies have ever dared to go near. Dealing with the senseless loss of a child isn't exactly taboo. Christian movie hit Courageous built itself on such a conflict. Yet, this movie's death is decidedly more shocking due to the inciting incident being caused by a gun (even if it's entirely offscreen).

Unlike the mainstream faith-based flicks, this movie spends less time preaching at the audience and more time delving into the characters, which is a nice change for a Christian movie. There's a lot less of the cliché "perfect vs. sinner" and a lot more about exploring how even followers of Christ can face sin and real darkness in the face of tragedy.

Acting-wise, the film is an improvement over the norm. Some scenes fare better than others. There are moments where I really felt what was going on, and there were others where I could see the script being read a little too much. But the film's driving conflicts do help patch things up to keep the movie engaging.

The lack of notable names does give this a very low-key feel, which is appropriate given the nature of the story. While nothing here is earth shattering or mind blowing, the movie takes a sensitive story and gives it a serviceable production that should offer discerning filmgoers some more dramatic meat than might be expected from a Christian movie. Here's hoping this is indicative of more movies like this to come.

J.J. Francesco is an aspiring fiction writer who enjoys Christian rock, good movies and TV, good food, and good company.

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