Every now and then I review a book or film here on the blog. Recently, I had the opportunity to watch Redemption of the Commons, an indie film created in my home state of South Carolina.
Redemption of the Commons has garnered the Award of Excellence from California’s Indie Fest Film Festival, Official Selection from the Christian Film Festival, North Carolina Family Film Festival, and Second Place Winner in Drama Feature from Highway 61 International Film Festival.
The message behind this film is simple yet profound: that God has a plan and a purpose for every life.
It follows the story of a young man named Victor Clay, who leaves his family and home behind after a tragic house fire. He runs away from a lot of unanswered questions, broken relationships and hurt and tries to make a name for himself in L.A. pursuing the branding business.
However, after accumulating $93,000 in debt and living out of his van, Victor runs out of options. At the prompting of family patriarch, Pop, he decides to return home. Yet home is a tattered trailer park in the Deep South, which is full of bad memories and broken relationships, including an alcoholic brother and a former fiancé. Once home, Victor discovers that he must deal with his volatile past before he can move forward toward his promised future.
This movie is for anyone who has ever tried to run from the past and questioned the purpose of his or her life. It’s a film that’s not afraid to ask tough questions and search for the truth.
Ed Silvera delivers a strong performance as Pop, and Anthony Garner was an extremely believable drunk. All of the actors had great chemistry and melded together perfectly as a complete cast.
I identified with many aspects of this film, and I believe most viewers will relate to the overlying theme and subject. Whether you’ve run from a difficult past or not, most of us have questioned the meaning and direction of our lives.
The heart and the message behind Redemption of the Commons is beautiful. It reminds each of us that no matter where we come from, we are not “common” to God. We were created on purpose and for a unique purpose, and sometimes it takes a life-altering event to make us such for the answers to these hard questions.
I would recommend this film to anyone who has ever questioned the meaning of his or her life, and who has wanted a purpose rather than just a job. It is filled with characters who will pull at your heartstrings and moments which will make you smile.
The film is available for rent and for download on Google Play, Vudu, Xbox, iTunes, and Amazon. You can also check local listings at www.REIcinemas.net. For more information, go to www.redemptionofthecommons.com.