Field of Vision

Sometimes doing the right thing cost you something. I have seen this in my own life many times. And sometimes doing what is right involves standing alone. However, we should always stand on principle, though we may stand alone, we can cherish the sweet reflection that our voice will not be lost.

For some time families have been voicing a need for someone to rise up to produce some family friendly movies. Families are tired of the (at best) questionable material that flows into American homes and (at worse) the outright filth produced. We want to be able to gather our children around a clean movie that gives more than mere entertainment but teaches solid morals.

I must say that once again Wal-Mart and P&G have done it. They have brought to the airwaves another family friendly movie. I reviewed Field of Vision this week and for the most part I was impressed. The movie portrays the family structure as being strong, loving, and supportive. It sheds light on the problem of bullying in our modern school system and teaches that no matter the cost we need to stand up for what is right. There are some great lessons taught. One is that truth should always be upheld. Another is the power of our words, written and spoken. And an influential cord woven throughout the entire movie is friendship.

My only complaint was that I did not care for the magical aspect of the mysterious video camera.  It seemed out of place in the movie.  However, the attention given to it was in small detail which left the viewers drawing their own conclusions.

Field of Vision airs tomorrow (Saturday, June 11, 2011) 8/7 Central on NBC.  Pop some popcorn and gather up your family.  It’s a great opportunity to discuss some important issues in life while enjoying each other. Click here to view the trailer.

Movie Synopsis:

 Through mysterious footage captured on an old malfunctioning video camera, Sinclair High School’s star quarterback, Tyler McFarland, learns that some of his teammates have been bullying Cory Walker, a troubled new transfer student. Aware that sharing this information with the coach might get his friends kicked off the team and ultimately cost the school the state championship, Tyler must choose what’s more important: winning or doing what’s right. As these events unfold, the camera also reveals more surprising footage to Tyler’s kid sister Lucy. She learns that Cory has a secret past, unknown even to him. Now Lucy must convince her mom (Faith Ford, Murphy Brown) and family that the camera’s revealing insight is not a product of her imagination as she enlists their help to find the answers Cory so desperately needs. It’s a compelling and intriguing story that shows both the challenges and rewards of doing the right thing even when it’s tough to do.


Disclaimer: I received Field of Vision to review in exchange for an honest product review. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.

Family Movie Night – This Saturday!

Once again Wal-mart and P&G is sponsoring another Family Movie Night.  It premieres on FOX this Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 7 pm CST.  If you enjoyed Secrets of the Mountain, The Jensen Project, or A Walk in My Shoes you will probably want to mark your calendars for their newest addition of family friendly movies – A Change of Plans.

Our society appears to tear apart the seams of families.  Busyness takes away family meal time.  Separate lives take away family unity.  The culture weakens families as a whole.  Change of Plans is a refreshing reminder of what life looks like when we make family a priority in our lives.  It brings to light that sometimes life does not play out exactly the way we plan it.  And in the end that really does not matter if we will simply embrace what is truly important.

As a believer, my faith in Christ Jesus is the foundation on which I stand and the filter in which I view life.  While this movie is a secular movie, it is family friendly.  I have said for years that Christians in this country need to stop tolerating foul language and filth from Hollywood.  The reason the movie industry is what it is today is because of the 80+% of Americans that profess Christianity yet supports, encourages, and enjoys filthy movies.  I have tried to express this in a more palatable form but truth is truth.  I understand this culture.  I was once a part of this culture.  At one time in my life my professed faith did not influence what I watched.  The Lord is opening my eyes.  With all of that said, I am on board with what Wal-mart and P&G are doing.  I pray that as more and more Christians take a stand and refuse to allow the dirty tentacles of Hollywood to reach into their living rooms, that more movies like this will be made and aired on TV. 

Click here to watch the trailer and enter to win a 55″ flat screen TV and other great family entertainment prizes!

Keep reading for a brief synopsis of CHANGE OF PLANS…

Sometimes Life Gives You More Than You Bargained For

Up to this point, Sally Danville’s life has played out just as she hoped it would. A beautiful and free-spirited musician, she and her fighter-pilot husband, Jason, live life on the go, free of domestic responsibilities. But with a single phone call from Child & Family Services case worker, Dorothy (Phylicia Rashad, The Cosby Show), she learns that things don’t always go according to plan. Sally (Brooke White, American Idol) is met with the news that her best friend from college has died in a tragic accident on a Peace Corps mission and has named Sally the legal guardian of her four kids – 3 of them adopted from third-world countries. Now Sally and Jason (Joe Flanigan, Stargate Atlantis) must quickly learn to parent this instant family and help the kids deal with the culture clash of life in America. The story is both humorous and heartwarming, revealing how fulfilling life can be when you look beyond your own plans and invest in the lives of others.

A Walk in My Shoes

What is your response when someone rudely cuts you off in traffic?  How do you feel toward a bad-mannered waitress who spills your coffee? How easy is it to get frustrated with an impossible co-worker? I dare say that it is rather easy to pass judgments.

But would your feelings change if you knew that the reckless driver was a frantic mother rushing her sick baby to the hospital?  Would you feel differently toward a waitress who you found out was holding down two jobs while trying to provide for three small children and a disabled husband?  Would you view your co-worker with compassion if you learned that his beloved wife was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer?  

So many times we go through life with fixed ideas about those around us.  Our preconceived notions lead us to judge their behavior and circumstances.  But judgments cease when we get a true glimpse into their lives.  When we take the time to look past ourselves and listen to their pains and hurts, we are often faced with a stark reality.  The reality is that until we have walked in their shoes we truly cannot understand.

I shared a few days ago about an upcoming movie, “A Walk in My Shoes.”  Today I pre-screened the movie.  It is the latest installment in Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble’s Family Movie Night.  Having seen their other two movies I expected the same, family friendly with no foul language and a standard plot.  While I liked the other movies they were not overly dynamic.  I would equate them to a “feel good” type of movie, not a “make a difference” movie.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by “A Walk in My Shoes”.   This movie makes you reflect upon your life, which in my opinion is always a good thing.

The story revolves around a high school teacher named Trish.  She comes across as a self-centered business woman who is unresponsive to her husband and out of touch with her children.  She is harsh toward a seemingly unmotivated student named Justin and judgmental toward his mother.  After wrecking her car Trish wakes to find herself living the life of the same woman she rashly criticized, Justin’s mother, Cindy.  In the midst of the story we also find Jake, a Marine who is painfully adjusting to civilian life and a mysterious stranger named Molly who disappears as quickly as she appears.  While it is never spoken, we are left with the impression that Molly is an angel.  Her mission is to teach Trish a valuable lesson in walking in someone elses shoes for a while.

My negative thoughts were few but still worth mentioning.  First, as with the previous “Family Night” movies I notice the children in the films are very disrespectful toward their parents.  This is clearly due to bad parenting and is never addressed.  By the end of the movie the children’s attitudes change but what does not change is the fact that the issue of dishonor is not properly dealt with.  Also, the movie is not a Christian film so as one could expect the music and clothing in the movie is secular.   

While the movie is not Christian based there is a small reference to God when a boy asks, “Do you believe in God?”  The answer is in the affirmative.  He then says, “Where was God when my Dad died?” To which the response was given, “Right beside him.”  On a positive note, I felt like the movie showed marriage and family in a very positive light as well as the military.  The movie succeeds in realistically dealing with some tough issues like financial worries, being evicted, troubled families, war, and grief.

“A Walk in My Shoes” is a movie that I will watch again.  It airs this Friday night on local NBC affiliates. You don’t want to miss it, but if you do, a special DVD release of the film is planned for Saturday at Wal-Mart.