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Randy Travis in 'The Wager'

Movie Info

GENRE:

Drama

RELEASE:

Dec. 31, 2007

STARRING:

Randy Travis, Jude Ciccolella, Bronson Pinchot, Candace Cameron Bure

WRITER/DIRECTOR:

Judson Pearce Morgan

DISTRIBUTOR:

Pure Flix Entertainment

 

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MOVIE REVIEW

The Wager

Movieguide Magazine

CBN.com - The Wager is a modern day Story of Job. Michael Steele, played by country music star Randy Travis, is up for an Academy Award, but his wife is tired of his job coming first, so she walks out on him. He then hears a radio preacher, John Hagee, who asks what if there was a wager between God and Satan that you lost everything and yet had to live the Beatitudes in extreme circumstances.

Within a few short hours, Michael loses everything. The tabloid vultures accuse him of adultery and even worse. His career crashes. Michael begins to see signs of the Beatitudes on the sides of buses and in the hands of homeless people. But when he tries to live them, he can’t do it. He even ends up slugging one tabloid reporter.

Michael’s sister works at a ministry called The Dream Center, which helps the most broken of people. He asks her how he can live the Beatitudes. She says, you can’t, you need Jesus Christ. Michael needs a miracle.

The Wager is produced well. The camerawork, the editing, and the direction capture your attention. Randy Travis is very believable in the role of Michael Steele, and Nancy Stafford as Michael’s sister does a great job. The script loses its focus two or three times and could have been fixed ahead of time. It is a movie with a great premise, but as Alfred Hitchcock said, you have to turn ideas into story. Overall, however, the movie works very well and the filmmakers should be commended.

There is one cautionary note, but it can be easily remedied if you read the Book of Job in the Old Testament. In Job, God is the creator, the Sovereign. Satan is merely a fallen creature who has no divine power. Thus, if you understand The Wager in the context of Job, it makes sense, but otherwise some people may mistake the movie’s reference to God and Satan as some kind of false dualistic theology.

Address Comments To:
Russell Wolfe, President/CEO
Pure Flix Entertainment
8040 East Morgan Trail, Suite 25
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Phone: (480) 991-2258
Fax: (480) 473-9811
Website: pureflixentertainment.com

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NOTE from Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide Magazine. For more information from a Christian perspective, order the latest Movieguide Magazine by calling 1-800-899-6684(MOVI) or visit our website at www.movieguide.org. Movieguide is dedicated to redeeming the values of Hollywood by informing parents about today's movies and entertainment and by showing media executives and artists that family-friendly and even Christian-friendly movies do best at the box office year in and year out. Movieguide now offers an online subscription to its magazine version, at www.movieguide.org. The magazine, which comes out 25 times a year, contains many informative articles and reviews that help parents train their children to be media-wise consumers.

 

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