Friday, April 26, 2013

Review and Giveaway: This is Our Time

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We had another family movie night, this time watching This is Our Time.  This movie released last week.

First, a bit about the film ~
This Is Our Time, distributed by Pure Flix, follows the post-collegiate lives of five friends connected by their strong belief in God who all long to make a meaningful difference in the world. But when tragedy strikes the close-knit group, their friendship and their faith are tested in ways they never imagined.
This is an inspirational film about what it really means, and what it really takes, to follow the call of God in your life.   “The experiences the characters in THIS IS OUR TIME face are the kinds of real-life ups and downs, successes and devastation, all of us encounter in living life,” said Lisa Arnold, the film’s writer, director and co-producer. “I wanted to tell a story that would resonate with young people just stepping out into the world to make their mark that would help them see that no matter the circumstances they face, God is always with them, loving them, guiding them.”

The movie tells the interwoven stories of Luke (T.J. Dalrymple) and Alé (Erin Bethea), who marry right after school and move to India to serve as missionaries for Embrace A Village, a ministry that cares for those afflicted with leprosy and their families; aspiring financier Catherine (Kate Cobb), who joins a prestigious financial institution determined to make an impact on corporate America; Ryder (Matthew Florida), who lands an impressive job in social media and can’t wait to use the powerful medium for a greater good; and Ethan (Shawn-Caulin Young,) seemingly the odd man out, who struggles to find his God-given-purpose and feels sidelined by God.
“What they all come to learn is that it never really was their time,” Arnold said. “It always was, always is, God’s time.”
This movie is not a fast-paced action flick, but I think everyone over the age of 10 in my household found themselves identifying with Ethan, who narrates the story.  The five friends graduate, and four of them have big, huge things they are heading off to accomplish.  Ethan, however, did not get into grad school and finds a job waiting tables.  He knows he is a disappointment to his father, and he struggles with what he is supposed to do.

We are told very early in the narration that one of the five isn't going to survive the next year.  The first third or so leads up to that event, and then the story shifts a bit into the remaining four friends figuring out a bit of the 'why do bad things happen to good people' stuff.  Fortunately, they don't exactly reach any conclusions to that question, but all four do move on in a more God-focused direction.

They also have a scholarship competition going on... you can check out a movie trailer and read more about it at their website.

We really did enjoy this movie.  You can too, as I have one to give away!

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6 comments:

Cristi said...

I don't know which character I'd most relate to, but I think I'd definitely relate to the struggles of figuring out what purpose God has for me.

Marcy Crabtree said...

I'm gonna say Ryder, the social media guy ;)

Jackie Tessnair said...

I guess I would say Ethan..

Lori said...

I just watched another film by PureFlix and was really impressed. This one sounds great and I am going to have to see whether I win or not. As for who I would relate to? Probably Ethan.

conversaving.com said...

Maybe the missionary couple.

Kayla Rice said...

I am not sure yet who I would relate to, i would say the missionary couple.