Last night I had the opportunity to watch the movie, Facing the Giants. It was a very enjoyable and inspirational experience.
“Facing the Giants” is the story of Shiloh Christian Academy and their underachieving football team. Through a series of personal conflicts, their young coach comes to grips with his faith, thus changing his philosophy about life and coaching. This facilitates a new attitude for his team and brings about a change in the way they are playing and living.
Let me begin by telling you what I did not see. This film was not produced in a Hollywood studio with a mega-budget. As you are probably aware, it was produced on a $100,000 budget by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA. Thus, it doesn’t have a lot of special effects or bells and whistles that many movies use to cover up a lack of substance. Neither did I see any drinking, cussing, nudity or gratuitous violence (just some hard-hitting football action).
What I did see was reality. The movie was very realistic in the way it portrays the struggles of life. Issues such as tight-budgets, infertility, job security and frustration are presented in such a way that most, if not all viewers will feel a connection with the lead characters.
I appreciated the unadulterated Gospel that was presented throughout the movie (this is why it was rated PG). The humor was a little contrived in some parts, but it was good for a few laughs, nonetheless. The football scenes were very realistic and the plot moved toward a fulfilling climax.
I highly recommend that you see this movie. You don’t have to be a Christian or a football fan to enjoy it, but after seeing it, you may become both.