I finally got around to viewing the movie Courageous which hit the theaters in September 2011 and was released to DVD/Blue ray in January 2012. This is another well acted and written movie aimed at the Christian audience. It follows five men, four who are members of the Albany Georgia Sherriff’s department with the fifth a Hispanic immigrant trying to provide for his family. All five men are facing issues with fatherhood. One, Adam Mitchell (Alex Kendrick), struggles with his relationship with his 15 year old son. Another, Nathan Hayes (Ken Bevel), never knew his biological father and now struggles with being a father to his children, especially his 15 year old daughter who thinks the rules are too old fashion and restrictive. One, of the men, Shane Fuller (Kevin Downes), is divorced as were his parents and he struggles with only seeing his son part time. The rookie, David Thomson (Ben Davies), has fathered a child in college and walked away when the mother refused to have an abortion. He longs for a relationship with his now four year old daughter he has never seen. Finally there is Javier Martinez (Robert Amaya), an immigrant struggling to provide for his family who has a deep faith that God will provide.
When Mitchell’s nine year old daughter is killed by a drunk driver on her way to a birthday party Mitchell overcomes his grief by turning to the Bible to find what God says about fatherhood. Mitchell along with the other four men makes a resolution to follow God’s plan for fathers. Along the way we find these five men dealing with betrayal by one and helping each other become better fathers.
This movie also has plenty of action as the deputies are trying to arrest a number of drug dealers. So we have chase scenes as well as a shootout near the end of the movie.
As a father myself this movie made me think about how I have performed as a father and also how far short I have come at times. Courageous is a movie that should resonate with fathers as we try to be Godly men in this age. But, it should also speak the mothers as they too struggle to be Godly women at a time when all too many dad are absent from the home.
So, rent a copy of this movie and sit down to be entertained as well as inspired and challenged.
Have a blessed day,