Harriet (movie review)

Harriet movie poster

Movie: Harriet
Opening: November 2019
Rating: PG

The movie ‘Harriet‘ is a movie about the life and work of Harriet Tubman. She was a black lady who was raised as a slave in the early to mid-1800’s. She was injured by an accident and was unable to be reliable help on the plantation where she was a slave. As a result, the slave owner chose to sell and remove her from her husband. Instead of being allowed to be sold, she chose to run away to freedom.

After successfully escaping by traveling on foot for about 90 miles, she chose to go back and rescue her family. No one would support her, but she put her trust in God to give her strength and favor. Over time she had been credited for going back multiple times and rescuing about 100 people from slavery.

The movie does show some of the violence against slavery. It makes it very clear the dangers of a slave running away. There is some violence in the movie, but not extreme and no extreme graphics are shown. One thing that I caution on is that there is some foul language in this film and a lot of language used against the black people, showing the prejudices of the people.

One thing that I found great in the movie was showing how Harriet had trusted in God. She would be traveling with some escaped slaves in the wild, planning to head a certain direction. Suddenly she would get dizzy and have a vision from God as to what to do. She often felt God turn her to a new direction. She would go that way, though often it did not make sense at the moment. In the process of doing that she had avoided getting caught many times.

For me this was a challenge in my belief and trust in God. As a believer, we are to fully trust God’s leading at all times. He said that He would never leave us and that His Holy Spirit would always be there to guide us on our path in this life.

Every believer needs to keep his heart open to hearing from God and obeying His every command. It may not always make sense as to why God has us move the direction He has us move, but we can know that it is for our best interests. This movie has challenged me to learn to step out in faith and trust God’s leading more in my life.

I do recommend this movie, but with caution. There is the language and his movie is not suitable for younger children. It is a great movie for middle school and up children and can lead to great discussions about slavery and following God.

May your trust in God increase as you walk with Him.

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Breakthrough (movie review)

Breakthrough movie

I have chosen to write a short review of the movie ‘Breakthrough’ that has just recently been released in theaters.

This movie is based off of a true story about a boy who had fallen through some ice on a lake. He and two other boys were playing on the ice, when the ice cracked and all three fell into the water. One of the boys, John Smith (14 years old), was not able to be rescued before going under.

The emergency team was able to find his body, but there was no signs of life in him. He has been under water for over 15 minutes. In the hospital, the doctor had given up. His mother prayed to God for a miracle and John’s heart started beating again.

Over the next 72 hours, the doctor’s did not expect him to survive, and if he did, there he would be unable to use his brain or do anything. His mother kept the faith believing for a miracle. In the end, John came through with absolutely no physical problems in his body.

One of the things that I really liked about this movie, is that it had nothing to do with what John experienced when he was dead. There was no light or Jesus experience, he was just dead, in the water one moment, in hospital bed the next.

It also showed the pain that his parents were feeling. The father, knowing God could heal John, but not really expecting it. The mother, holding on in faith, but also being very selfish about it. She did not want to release John into God’s hands regardless of what happened. Later she does, trusting God completely.

This story is not filled with all kinds of Christian clichés or fancy words. It is down to earth regular speaking. It shows anger and love, disrespect and respect, pain and joy.

It will bring tears to the eyes of most people, seeing the pain and suffering the parents are feeling. In the end John says that he knows God kept him for a purpose.

It is an encouraging movie to trust God and believe in miracles, despite what the circumstances look like.

The movie does have once or twice were a bad word is spoken, but not at anyone directly. This may be a heavy movie for young children to watch, but it is clean with a good message. I highly recommend seeing this movie if you have the chance.