My family loves to watch movies together, but sometimes it’s hard to find DVDs that are appropriate. That’s why I love reviewing DVDs that are made for families like mine: families who care about the messages in the movies they watch; families who don’t want to hear bad language or see inappropriate sensuality; families who just want to enjoy a movie together without having to engage in a deep discussion about why we need to fast forward through certain scenes.
Abel’s Field is a DVD that fits the bill. Abel’s Field is a story about seventeen year old Seth, who was abandoned by his father after his mother died. He’s stretched to the max as he works two jobs, takes care of his sisters, and tries to finish high school.
When he fights back after being picked on by members of the football team, he is singled out for punishment and assigned to work with Abel, a reserved custodian. As they work together, Abel teaches Seth that making the right choices can be hard, but God is always right there in the midst of the struggle.
The acting was great. Samuel Davis did a wonderful job portraying Seth’s angst over his situation and struggles with decision making. Kevin Sorbo (also in Soul Surfer) was perfect as the mysterious Abel. And Richard Dillard played the somewhat obnoxious and full-of-himself coach beautifully.
I thought Abel’s Field was a really good movie. I had a lot of compassion for Seth’s situation. I was intrigued by Abel’s story (I won’t spoil it, but the viewer is kept guessing for a while, keeping the suspense going). I got angry at the football team, and I begged and pleaded with the TV in an attempt to “help” Seth make the right choices.
Abel’s Field provides a lot of good discussion topics for the Christian family. What do you do when your situation seems impossible? Who do you turn to? What if the only option seems to be sin?
Abel’s Field is rated PG for thematic elements, brief violence, and a smoking scene. I’m absolutely comfortable letting my 10 year old watch it. The thematic elements have to do with life situations and some crime, and the violence is limited to fighting between high school boys.
All in all, I’m happy to add Abel’s Field to our DVD collection. I can’t wait to see what AFFIRM Films/Provident Films put out next!
Abel’s Field Giveaway
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Giveaway is open to residents of the United States. Giveaway ends on January 31 at 12:00 am EST. The winner will have three days to contact me with a mailing address or another winner will be chosen. I will pass the winner’s address on to the publicist for prize fulfillment.
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