Courageous Movie Review
Courageous, the newest Christian production by Sherwood Pictures (Fireproof, Facing the Giants), is a film that focuses on fatherhood, family, integrity and commitment.
The film centers on five men whose lives intersect through a series of difficult trials. Adam, a cop, is portrayed as a man who is only half-present with his children. However, when a loved one tragically dies in a car accident, he begins to reevaluate his role as a father and the spiritual leader in his family.
The four other men have their own problems. Nathan, co-worker of Adam, has a fifteen year old daughter who wants to date a seventeen year old boy who is also involved in a gang. Shane, another co-worker, is divorced and barely scraping by because of his enormous alimony and child-support payments. David, a rookie cop who fathered a child when he was in college and abandoned both the mother and baby, struggles with a guilty conscience. And Javier, friend of Adam who has difficulty maintaining a job, is forced to choose between his integrity and providing for his family.
Adam challenges himself and his four friends to sign a resolution that they will be better than simply “good enough”. He asks them to take a courageous stance by choosing to “serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). The rest of the film shows how each man resolves to handle his unique situation.
Here are three of many lessons to be learned from Courageous:
1. Fatherhood is not to be taken lightly. We have our children for a very short time. Fathers have an incredible responsibility to spiritually lead their children and care for them. In the film, Adam learned this the hard way. But hopefully, fathers will not have to suffer such a loss to assume their God-given tasks.
2. Integrity pays off. Faced with moral dilemmas, the integrity of several men in the film is put to the test, and they are rewarded when they do what is right. Sometimes life does not always play by these rules, but the compensation is a clean conscience and a healthy example to our families.
3. Take a proactive approach. In the film, Nathan tells his daughter that he will protect her and take care of her until she gets married, and seals the promise with a ring. Instead of placing the responsibility on the girl (as the “promise ring” does), this act puts the burden of spiritual guidance squarely upon the shoulders of the father. Fathers need to assume the spiritual welfare of their families and ward off any potential threats to them.
I would highly recommend this film for any man. It would be beneficial to see with a spouse, a significant other, or with a group of other men.
What lessons did you learn from this film?