Movie Review: War Room

WarRoomMovieby Patricia L. Dickson9/22/15
I contacted one of my friends that I had not seen since I relocated back to the US to see if she wanted hang out. We decided to plan for a Saturday; however, we could not decide on what we were going to do. She had attended her church’s yearly crusade the weekend before and there she saw an advertisement for the movie, War Room. When she suggested we go see it, I said sure (she was not quite sure what the movie was about). I thought it was going to be a movie about war planning (the military in me).

Once we were seated in the theatre and the movie began, I realized that this was a movie about another kind of war. Spiritual war! The movie centered on an older woman, a younger female real estate agent and the agent’s husband and child.  The older woman met the young real estate agent when she put her house up for sale. The reason for the older woman putting her house up for sale was so that she could move in with her adult son. Her husband was killed while serving in military when she was a young woman and their son was a small child.[pullquote]The War Room is a genuine Christian movie that unabashedly uses biblical scriptures throughout it. The movie’s main message is the power of prayer.[/pullquote]

The movie follows the real estate agent’s marital problems. The older woman convinces the younger woman (real estate agent) to confide in her. After the older woman gains the trust of the younger woman, she becomes her spiritual mentor and she teaches her to go into her closet and pray (war) for her husband rather than give up on her marriage. The closet is her war room where she goes to do battle with issues in her marriage.

The movie was comparable to a sermon and it ministered to me. I must admit that I cried during some scenes in the movie. I also laughed during some scenes.  The War Room is a genuine Christian movie that unabashedly uses biblical scriptures throughout it. The movie’s main message is the power of prayer. It teaches that when believers pray, God is spiritually fighting (at war) with the enemy.  Although it appears to be human behavior that is causing our problems, it is really a spiritual battle. Ephesians 6:12:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The reference to the prayer closet (war room) is taking from Matthew 6:6:

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

I would recommend this movie for the entire family. It is full of humor and it has a great message. The characters are middle class people living in a middle class neighborhood encountering the same problems as everyone else. Although it is fiction, the movie plot it is very relatable. I am so glad that my friend suggested that we go see it.

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6 Responses to Movie Review: War Room

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Thanks for the review, Patricia. That gives me a good feel for the movie. I love it when people do good movie reviews like this. I’ll deinitely check this one out.

  2. Pst4usa says:

    Sandy and I went on opening night, (we heard about it from David Barton), because we want to support Christian movies. We were very pleased with the movie and have recommended it to a lot of people. Your description is very good but I would add a bit more, the production value was excellent, the actors were good, the camera quality was top notch, and the dialog was good.
    This is contrary to the vast majority of Christian produced movies over the recent past. We tend to think that if we want more movies, (the thing that seems to effect the culture more and more these days), made by Christians and with a Godly message we need to support them early and often. This is my capitalist way of influencing Hollywood, vote with my dollars. I will go see some worthless movie for sometimes entertainment value, I just do not want to see it too soon after it comes out. That way, I also get feedback on if we should go see it at all.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Pat. I also get that you’re saying this isn’t the somewhat typically shlocked-out Christian movie. Nice to hear that it has some good production values.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I watched this movie this weekend and generally give it high marks. It’s a tear-jerker showing the transformation of an estranged marriage to a joyful one. And I about fell out of my chair when the old lady told the younger real estate agent lady that her job is not to “fix” her man. What did Jerry Maguire say? “You had me at ‘hello’.”

    I think most Christians will enjoy this film. My only reservation is this film is of the more demonstrative-Christianity sort. The best character in the movie is the old lady who attempts so pass on her life lessons to the younger woman. But she is a true holy-roller. I have to say, that wouldn’t work on me. I don’t relate to that. And I don’t suppose I’m alone in that regard. There are “quieter” Christian movies out there. But this isn’t one of them. It’s “praise Jesus” and “hallelujah” to the moon.

    That said, this is very well written, directed, and acted. Small wonders never cease. For instance, the daughter of the main couple seems like a normal girl. She’s not full of 1000 volts of over-the-top juvenile antics and attitude. She’s believable as a person, which is fairly rare for films of any type when dealing with young people. They all tend to be stereotypes, not individuals.

    However, I offer no criticism regarding the premises of the movie. If prayer and faith in God works and is real, these are the kinds of outcomes we should see. It’s sad to read the bitter, cynical, and angry remarks at the IMDB forums, for instance. The main job of Satan (if he exists) is to get people to hate joy, to hate forgiveness, to hate understanding, and to hate redemption. And going by what many people are saying, Beelzebub is quite effective.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I once happened to attend a service at Sweeden Missionary Baptist Church, where my parents are buried (and my mother put up my own gravestone next to them). They’re what Elizabeth calls “shouting Baptists”, and that has affected my views of Baptists to this day. Being raised Episcopalian has its effects.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Well, I’m slowly being convinced of “to each his own” on the matter of shouting Baptists…or shouting whichever denomination one is talking about. People rightly talk about the transformative effect of Jesus. And yet when it comes to the model to be transformed into, often we get nothing but the shouting Baptist model. And I suppose that’s a fine model. But I’m just saying, Is it the only model? It is the preferred model even?

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