I don’t normally do movie reviews on InFocus, but I just watched a movie that I want to tell you about. If you’re not surprised that this major production was organised by Sony Pictures and a Baptist church, you probably won’t be surprised that it is well produced and well written. Of course it’s not a full-scale Hollywood production either, but then that’s old-hat anyway. Whatever the case, this movie definitely has heart.

To give you an idea of the plot, think small town America and high school Gridiron football. I know. “Been there. Seen that. Got the t-shirt.” But somehow this movie manages to pull something wonderful and God-glorifying out of the well-worn storyline. In one already-famous scene, a key leader on the team finds himself blindfolded and being pushed to understand that his God-given potential far outweighs his apathetic expectations. Even though this scene was described to me several times before I watched the movie, I was deeply impacted and spiritually rebuked as the scene climaxed in the end-zone.

I’m not the type of person who is moved to tears often, but I’ll admit that this movie brought me to tears repeatedly and found me openly weeping at the end. It also got more solid laughs out of me than a decent comedy could. One more amazing thing about this movie. You can hire it at most of the major video shops. Here. In Australia. I encourage you to get it and watch it. It has done an amazing job of making God look good.

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About Jason Harris

Dr Jason Harris is a writer, pastor, and academic. He has authored multiple books, articles, and papers including his book Theological Meditations on the Gospel. Jason has a PhD from James Cook University as well as degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research. Jason has lived in Cairns, Australia since 2007 and serves as pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at jason@jasonharris.com.au.


  1. Christine 21 August, 2008 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this review. I too have seen it and was completly amazed at its film quaility and multi-level story line. Its so wholesome that i almost died of shock to see it at the video rental place.

    The Baptist church also created i movie called Fly Wheel which has the same actors. Another great film however Facing The Giants’ quality is much higher.

  2. Mrs.Wardan 22 August, 2008 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I enjoyed the movie as well.It means even more to know how it was produced.

    It would be good to mention their earlier production ,FlyWheel, which is even better!!

  3. Jason 22 August, 2008 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    I haven’t seen “Fly Wheel.” I did see on their website that they have a new one coming out soon though. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  4. Chris 24 August, 2008 at 2:25 am - Reply

    i totally agree with y’all… the message is so clear in this movie. hard to believe it was done pretty much only by a church, huh? it’s one of my faves =)

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