‘War Room’ portrays powerful message through heartfelt film

by: TAYLOR ZARBANO/Staff Writer

The Kendrick brothers have done it again, producing another great movie appropriate for the whole family.

“War Room” was released in theaters on Aug. 28. So many are already raving about the film and the message it puts off, which is that prayer is a powerful weapon.

Kendrick Brothers Productions is a company founded by brothers, Alex and Stephen Kendrick, whose goal was to have a production team that puts forth movies that honor Jesus Christ and make His name known.

Kendrick Brothers Productions have produced several movies, starting with “Flywheel,” which was released in April 2003. “Flywheel”was done on a $20,000 budget and has become a fan favorite. After “Flywheel” came the more well known films such as “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof,” and “Courageous.” The Kendrick Brothers have come a long way since then, recently releasing their fifth movie as a team.

The Jordan family seems to live the perfect life. The married couple of 16 years had been blessed with a beautiful daughter, and they both had jobs that never failed to support their family of three. From the outside, this family looks like it’s in great shape. But in reality, the home is full of three broken and heavy hearts. While others overlook the brokenness in the family, Miss Clara looks beyond the surface and decides to dig deeper.

Miss Clara (Karen Abercombie) puts her house up for sale and becomes the client of Mrs. Elizabeth Jordan (Priscilla C. Shirer), a real estate agent who is hired to sell Miss Clara’s home. Little does she know that Miss Clara has some hidden intentions.

Miss Clara had been praying for God to put someone in her life to pour her faith into. She has a heart that is ready to help another’s heart. The more meetings for selling the house Miss Clara and Elizabeth have, the more she asks personal questions that reveal what’s underneath the surface. While this makes Elizabeth uncomfortable at first, she too sees the need for spiritual guidance and time on her knees. She then agrees to meet with Miss Clara on a regular basis.

Elizabeth begins praying for her marriage and gives all her emotions and problems to God. While her husband (T.C. Stallings) is cheating on her, Elizabeth is praying for God to do something to stop him. Elizabeth does everything she can to save her marriage and mend the relationship with her daughter (Alena Pitts).

One of her ways of taking action is to create a war room where she can fight all of her prayer battles. This idea of having a war room came from Clara. So Elizabeth spends much of her time in her cleaned-out closet praying for her marriage, her husband’s cheating problem, her struggling sister, and her daughter, as well as her husband’s job. Without giving away the whole story, prayer is really powerful and mends some broken hearts; it also leads people to accepting Christ as their one true Savior.

So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, I recommend “War Room.” Whether you consider yourself religious or not, it has a wonderful storyline with many lessons for families and relationships.

I plan on seeing this in theaters again because of how much it touched my heart. It really made me think and want to put others first. We live in a day and age when we are taught and shown to think about ourselves. This movie shows what thinking of others and putting them first can do.

The quality has improved tremendously since their first film. The storyline was not at all what I expected from reading the title, and the movie kept me engaged the whole time.

So I encourage everyone to make time to see “War Room” with your family and friends, and really think about putting them first. I give the movie 5 out of 5 stars.

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