Sunday, January 20, 2013
Abel's Field on DVD: Review and Giveaway
I will be the first to say that I'm not really a religious person, so when it comes to reviewing "faith-based" DVDs and movies, I tend to be choosy. That's not to say that others won't enjoy them; it just means that I often don't. With Abel's Field, I liked the movie overall; however, the film itself is very slow, which for me often makes the movie less interesting.
Synopsis of the film:
Left motherless by tragedy and abandoned by his father, high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) faces enormous pressure as he strives to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. But fighting back only finds him singled out for punishment and assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of the reserved groundskeeper, Abel (SOUL SURFER’S Kevin Sorbo). Much to his surprise, Seth discovers that Abel may be the only one who truly understands his struggles. As dark times lure Seth toward desperate measures, the reluctant Abel may be the one person who can point him back toward the light.
I thought it was interesting how the movie kind of juxtaposed Seth's life with those of his peers (fellow high school students). His dad, a trucker, left them a few months ago, and Seth has been receiving letters from the bank saying that payments are past due. He has 7-year-old twin sisters that he basically takes care of himself, and he has two jobs, one as a mechanic and one as a fry cook, to bring in some money. He gets beaten up by the football team players for no reason, and when he finally decides to fight back, the football coach punishes him, so now he has a third job, working with a man named Abel to install a sprinkler system for the football field. There's a scene where he's a passenger in a car with a girl he took out on a date and her friends, and they're exclaiming over what dresses they will be buying for Homecoming; it seems rather frivolous compared to what he's going through. There's also a sad part where one of his sisters asks him if "they're okay," because the bread in the freezer has "fuzz" (mold) on it.
If you enjoy faith-based films and/or a family-friendly story that has good morals in it, you will like Abel's Field. My issue with it was mostly its slow pace, like I mentioned before, but I did like the plot overall and also the ending. I would have liked a bit more of a back story on Abel, the groundskeeper, but I think it was intentional for him to be mysterious, as we learn something a little shocking about him later on in the movie.
Abel's Field will be out on DVD on January 22nd. 2.5 stars out of 5.
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