Friday, 20 March 2015

Movie Review - Confessions Of A Prodigal Son

Most faith-based films typically get ignored by Hollywood, where they are produced by smaller production companies and either premiere as a television movie or direct-to-video. However, there has been a new interest in films with biblical themes in recent years, which such big-budget titles as Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings. Even a few low-budget films (God's Not Dead, Heaven Is for Real, Fireproof) made an impact at the box-office.

Arriving on DVD on Tuesday March 24, 2014 from Cinedigm is the Christian film Confessions Of A Prodigal Son (Retail: $14.93; ASIN: B00R8ILF06). Directed by Allan Spiers, the film stars Kevin Sorbo, Nathan Clarkson (whom also wrote the screenplay) and Rachel Lee.

The low-budget movie didn't exactly go the traditional filming route as it was funded on Kickstarter in the spring of 2013, raising nearly $14,000 over the course of 58 days.

Confessions Of QA Prodigal Son centers on a young man named Sean Matthews (played by Nathan Clarkson), whom is struggling to find who he is suppose to be. His father (played by Kevin Sorbo) is a pastor, so he grew up with religion all around him, but somewhere he has become lost. After begging his parents to give him his college tuition early, in which they only give him half of the money, he leaves his small town and heads for the city to start a new beginning, but this life isn't exactly what he wanted it to be.

For two years, he ignored his parents phone calls as he would rather party hard with his friend Cameron (played by Azel James). As his life spirals out of control, so do his college grades. If doesn't keep get his grades up, his parents won't give him the second half of the tuition. Eventually, he starts questioning the way he has been living after he meets a lovely dancer Ali (played by Rachel Lee), whom helps him finally find his way home.

I've only seen a handful of religious films and most of them tend to be cheesy. I only became interested in reviewing Confessions Of A Prodigal Son because Kevin Sorbo was in it, though he only has a small part playing the main character's father. My expectations for the film were low just before I began to watch it last night, but to my surprise, I ended up liking it. Beside for Kevin Sorbo, the cast is full of new faces, whom all give decent performances for the most part. Overall, Confessions Of A Prodigal Son is an intriguing coming-of-age movie. Yes, it has plenty of flaws, but the film's message of faith and forgiveness stands out.

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*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary screener in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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