A movie about a Christian conversion
Over the weekend I saw a very good movie, Flywheel. Made in 2003 for $20,000 and intended initially only for a local audience of fellow Christians, the movie caught on and became a national phenomenon. Since then Alex Kendrick, its writer, director, producer and lead actor, and his brother Stephen have made two more movies with higher budgets.
The movie does not reflect its astonishingly low budget. While there is nothing fancy about it, it looks good and the actors for the most part are remarkably good.
Flywheel is the story of the seemingly hot-shot owner of a used car dealership in Albany, Georgia who cheats his customers, who is unkind to his wife and son, and whose marriage and business are in deep trouble. He himself begins to realize that he has gone amiss, and, overcoming his pridefulness, he turns himself around. He gets down on his knees, admits to God the wrong he has done, prays for forgiveness, and asks Jesus to enter his life and be his Lord. From that moment on, his life changes in remarkable and miraculous ways, showing God’s power in man’s life when man opens himself to God.
I enjoyed this unpretentious but deeply true and touching film more than I would nineteen of twenty Hollywood films. It’s a reminder of how a simple, semi-amateur production can have more human and dramatic meaning than most high-budget fancy productions.
It also made me wonder, if your typical liberal Christianity-haters saw this amiable and appealing movie, which is all about a man’s striving to do right, could they keep on believing that Christianity represents some monstrous, threatening force?
Flywheel made me feel that all is not finished for America, there is a godliness here which will ultimately save us. But it was made in 2003. We have become far worse as a society since then. As far as our public culture is concerned, evil is gaining ground, not losing it.
I saw the movie several years back and thought its message was top-of-the-line. And you’re right about the acting too. One of the other two movies made by the same producers I think is called Facing the Giants. I can only say that it is a real tear-jerker.Mark L. writes:
I really liked Flywheel, too. In some respects, it’s the best of the films this team has created, due to its simplicity and lack of gimmickry. (This is in contrast with Fireproof, which spawned a series of books designed to get men role-playing their way to being better husbands or to becoming Christians.)
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 27, 2012 03:37 PM | Send