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A high school football coach (played by actor/director Alex Kendrick) uses some unorthodox methods to motivate his team in FACING THE GIANTS. A devoted Christian, the coach turns to God for inspiration, with amazing results.
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Facing the Giants introduces us to the Shiloh Eagles, a high-school football team that's gone six years without a winning season, and to its coach, Grant Taylor, who's struggling with crises in his personal life as well as a sense of crushing failure about the team. Can Grant pull his team - and by extension himself - out of a slump of apathy and discontent, and dare to dream of success? The answer would seem to be "no," until a visitor gives Grant a message: God opens doors that no man can shut... and Grant has an open door at Shiloh. What will he do about it? It's that challenge that sparks Grant to call on God for inspiration and strength, and to try something very different with his team.
If I had to summarize my praise for the film in one word, it would be "daring." You might find that odd. After all, we usually hear that word tossed around for films that bare a little more skin or show a little more violence than the current norm... but that sort of thing isn't really daring at all. Hollywood knows perfectly well that pushing the envelope just a bit in terms of sex and violence is a safe bet.
But if you think about it, what's the aspect of the human experience that Hollywood won't touch with a ten-foot pole?
When was the last time you saw a film or episode of a TV show in which any of the characters was an ordinary person who is also a devout Christian? (Note the emphasis on "ordinary": from their few appearances in the media, you'd think that all Catholic priests were either 1. exorcists or 2. pedophiles. Puh-leeze.) When have you seen a character reading the Bible? Praying? Referencing God as part of making a decision? Probably very seldom, if ever. And yet, faith is an integral part of the daily life of many Americans. What kind of weird cultural disconnect do we have when the media not just ignores it, but pretends it doesn't exist? It's as weird as if we never saw people falling in love in the movies (except for the occasional obsessed lover who stabs somebody.) I think we get this vacuum because depictions of faith challenge us... and we don't like to be challenged. It's a lot easier to just label a film like Facing the Giants as "oh, it's preaching at us" - that lets us toss it aside without actually thinking about its message. Except that it's not preaching, anyway: it's doing that rare thing, giving us a clear and emotionally honest view of what faith can mean in real life.
That's why I'd call Facing the Giants "daring." I've never seen such a courageous exploration of how faith works in people's lives. We're not talking about a one-off scene in which a character offers up a prayer to God in a crisis; that's about all we see, if we see anything at all, of faith in mainstream film. No, we're talking about how Grant, his wife Brooke, and the other characters incorporate their faith into every aspect of their lives. In particular, I found the scenes of Grant's struggle with the crises in his life to be particularly moving. Here, Facing the Giants dares to show us Grant in agonized prayer; in the struggle to accept God's will in whatever form it takes; and in heartfelt gratitude. In Grant, we have a character whose faith illuminates all aspects of his life, from work to home; it's no one-shot moment. (It's interesting to note that in this film, whose theme is the work of God in human hearts and lives, no scenes take place in a church.)
OK, so Facing the Giants is daring.
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Alex Kendrick, James Blackwell, Jim McBride, Shannen Fields, Tracy Goode.
Alex Kendrick, directed and starred in this film. Playing the SC Head coach, shows that as a coach he is both human, and understanding when he learns that some of the people at the high school want him replaced. The principle also a God fearing man stops by and tells him, this is the Word of God, and I think this is the message he wants you to hear. The principle reinstitutes the word tot he Coach. Unable to have children with his wife, and through prayer and the power of God and the word in the Bible, the Coach, brings the young men to prayer, and teaches them that the Power Of God, is the ultimate to rely on.
As the coach uses some questionable tactics in training, you see as they go into the first several games, they are loosing. Then all of a sudden there is a great turn around as the team slowly comes around to face God and to bear witness to God and his savior to the earth. Prayer youth groups start up again. And the word and the understanding and the Grace of God flow through the school. God is so understanding of the coach, that the team begins to win, slowly at first, then things heat up. As you watch this film, you will see like so many of us that remember when God was behind this Country nothing was impossible.
God proves his Love to the Coach in many ways, allowing the team to excel beyound what they thought was possible. As the film is slowly closing, wait until the very end of the film, and you will see what changes have happened in the Coaches personal life, and the happiness that God brought back into the lives of those who worship and praise his Holy name.
If we need inspiration for our youth football Coaches, and our Hish School football then this is the movie for all coaches.
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A must-see movie for the whole family!!!
I had read about Facing The Giants for some time and finally bought it on eBay. This has turned out to be one of the best purchases I have ever made, and it is now one of my all-time favorites.
The movie centers on a football team at a Christian school and its embattled coach, Grant Taylor. He has not had a winning season in six years, and school fathers are bent on getting rid of him. If that isn't enough, Taylor and his wife Brooke have been unable to conceive the child they so desperately want. To top it all off, their car is a clunker that may or may not start, much less get them to their destination. However, in spite of, or maybe because of all these hardships, the Taylors have an ace in the hole: God. Their faith in Him never wavers as they ask Him to guide them and to grant their needs.
As the movie progresses, Coach Taylor takes another tack with his football players, who seem to accept that they will never be more than mediocre. He challenges them to place their trust in God and to dedicate the game they love and their very lives to Him. Taylor tells them to give God the glory, whether they win or lose. It is a lesson in faith that will apply far after they have left football and school and moved on with their lives. After this dedication of their lives to God, things begin to look up for the team and Coach Taylor. More cannot be said here without giving away the rest of a magnificent movie.
"Facing The Giants" is a movie that families should watch together. It is a film that all children who are involved in sports or any other competitive activity should see. In doing so, they will learn how to deal with gigantic problems in their lives, be they a very good opposing team or something in everyday life. Above all, this story demonstrates the power of prayer, if only we will place our faith in God and allow Him to work in our lives. You cannot go wrong watching this movie.
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Facing the Giants is a neat film. It is about a football coach that has had several losing seasons and parents of the kids on his team want to see him get kicked out and another coach put in. The coach realizes that he can do nothing and asks God for help. He stops the 'gotta win all the time' attitude and instead praises God whether he wins or loses. My favorite part on this is the school revival. Every time I watch that part, chills go down my spine. Better watch it for yourself, you will be glad you did.
PS - Also make sure you buy a copy of Fireproof, the newest DVD by Sherwood Pictures.
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