Saturday, April 13, 2013

DVD review and giveaway: This is Our Time

On this rainy (and hailing!) Saturday afternoon, my husband was out and my kids were watching a DVD in their room, so I decided to pop a new movie into my DVD player- This is Our Time. Here's a bit about it, from a press release that I received:

The movie tells the interwoven stories of Luke (T.J. Dalrymple) and AlĂ© (Erin Bethea), who marry right after school and move to India to serve as missionaries for Embrace A Village, a ministry that cares for those afflicted with leprosy and their families; aspiring financier Catherine (Kate Cobb), who joins a prestigious financial institution determined to make an impact on corporate America; Ryder (Matthew Florida), who lands an impressive job in social media and can’t wait to use the powerful medium for a greater good; and Ethan (Shawn-Caulin Young,) seemingly the odd man out, who struggles to find his God-given-purpose and feels sidelined by God.
“What they all come to learn is that it never really was their time,” Arnold said. “It always was, always is, God’s time.”

This Is Our Time presented by Pure Flix
Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, April 16. It will be available nationwide at Family Christian Stores and most Christian online and brick-and-mortar retail stores nationwide.
You're going to want to have the tissues nearby when you watch, because the main storyline is about figuring out how to follow God when things don't make sense- particularly in the wake of tragedy.  It's a movie that talks about faith and patience and endurance.  It's a story of friendships and family and love. 

The storylines were all very interesting, but I think I most identified with the character of Ethan, who is in a time of waiting and feeling that his life doesn't have as much meaning as those of his friends and family. I think we've all been in that waiting place- so I really appreciated the message that we're always where God wants us to be, and we just need to be obedient and faithful in that place, no matter how meaningless it seems. 

I also really liked learning about the real-life ministry that is featured in the movie.  It's called Embrace a Village, and it works in India with leprosy patients and their families.   The founders of the ministry appear in the movie, as do actual people that the ministry works with in India. 

Honestly, the only thing that I was a little distracted by were the obviously nowhere near 22-years-old actos playing brand new college graduates. :)   In addition to the main characters, you'll see some familiar faces, since Eric Estrada, Eric Roberts and Dawn Wells (Maryann from Gilligan's Island) also appear in the movie.  All in all, I thought this was a great movie for my Saturday afternoon and I enjoyed it a lot. 

This is Our Time is rated by the Dove Foundation's Family Seal of Approval as safe for all ages, and I agree with that rating.  Little ones likely wont be much interested in it though. And I should also mention that the previews before the movie are for Christian movies as well, but they do contain some violence, so you may want to skip through those before kids are in the room. 

I have good news- I'm giving away a copy of this DVD to one lucky reader.  Open to everyone, enter at the Rafflecopter widget below.
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Heather! said...

I think this looks like antertaining and thought-provoking film!

Glogirl said...

I'd love to win this movie as I need to be reminded that God works in HIS timing, not mine!

Claudia N said...

I would love to win this movie because is a christian movie.

SamanthaD said...

We have a family movie night every Friday - this would be perfect

Samantha D
dull2000 at cox dot net

Sue Hull said...

I love watching movies that show how God helps us through everything.Looks like a great family movie.

moushka said...

Another great movie to share as a family!

Wendy Rozema said...

I think this would be a great movie to watch as a family!

mummytotwoboys said...

I would like to win because it looks interesting
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kathy dalton said...

i want to win this movie because I love movies that contain a positive message

kathy dalton said...

i want to win this movie because I love movies that contain a positive message

Diana said...

Looks like a good movie with a good message

ladonnaj said...

I love to have good Christian movies to watch as a family.

ladonna dot mohler at hotmail dot com

savannah said...

I would love to watch this with my family :)

Nancy said...

I'd like to win because this looks like a great DVD.

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