Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Abel's Field

Something that never fails to excite my family?  Getting a DVD to review.  Because that means a movie night, with Mom actually watching.

So the arrival of Abel's Field was met by cheers.  And everyone settled in to watch.  The previews included movies like Facing the Giants and Fireproof, which we love, so that got everyone even more fired up.

When the movie started with a football field and flashbacks to the game, my non-sports-fan family was excited.  They have come to really appreciate a good football movie.

The movie quickly introduces the main character, Seth, and his totally adorable little sisters.  Then we meet Kevin Sorbo's character, Abel, who works as groundskeeper for the school.

The movie meanders at a slow, this-feels-real pace, and you gradually start to grasp at least some of the issues that are central to this movie.

About Abel's Field:
Left motherless by tragedy and abandoned by his father, high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) faces enormous pressure as he strives to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. But fighting back only finds him singled out for punishment and assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of the reserved groundskeeper, Abel (SOUL SURFER’S Kevin Sorbo). Much to his surprise, Seth discovers that Abel may be the only one who truly understands his struggles. As dark times lure Seth toward desperate measures, the reluctant Abel may be the one person who can point him back toward the light.
This is a great, family-friendly movie.  Although there are a couple of funny moments, this is not a movie with much comic relief.  Gritty would be a better description, and full of a realistic small-town feel.  Mostly, you watch and want to slap the people involved (especially the football coach, wow, I want to give him a piece of my mind!), while you keep hoping someone will come along and love on those beautiful little girls, and at least this mama of teen boys kept praying that someone will come along and give Seth a break and show him some respect.

I do most definitely recommend this movie, and it gives oh-so-much to talk about.  And I have one to give away!

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18 comments:

Glogirl said...

The fact that this is a family friendly movie with lots of teachable moments interests me.

Glogirl said...

I love romance movies!

Lori said...

Good family friendly movies are so hard to come by, I would love to see this and winning it would be even better! :)

Karen M in FL said...

Looks like a great movie with lots of emotional punch.

Marcy Crabtree said...

I love any movie our whole family can share!

My favorite kind of movie? Action/Adventure (LOTR)

Leah C said...

I reviewed and really liked this one too!

Michele said...

We are always looking for a new family movie night movie!

Michele said...

I love musicals, but also like family friendly for the kids!

tikvah73 said...

Any movie with previews of Facing the Giants and Fireproof has got to be good right? I was going to review this and I totally missed the deadline so I would love to win. Sounds sad and good at the same time.

Debra said...

Amy -- that's what my family said. LOL.

"Based on the movies they show on the previews, it's gotta be good."

Karyn H. said...

This looks like a great movie.

Karyn H. said...

I like good family movies so we all can watch them.

Stefanie said...

Sounds like a good one. I love it when I get involved enough to want to slap the characters.

Debbie said...

Love family friendly movies that we can all watch together. I hope we win.

Debbie said...

Favorite type of movie??? Action, or Drama, or maybe it is Period Drama, or maybe Christian, no it's Musicals, ummm Chick Flicks, no it's Romantic Comedy, for sure it's Sci Fi... or maybe I like them all and can't decide!!! lol

Lisa McClanahan said...

I like that it has a good message & morals.

deanna said...

I love comedies
xo

deanna said...

I enjoy new movies...especially ones with any speck of football in them. This looks great
xo