I heard about this movie awhile back and I never really got around to watching it. Tonight I watched it and I must say I have mixed emotions about it! The movie is about a man, named Neil, who gets into a car wrecks and looses his job. Not only that, he lives years on the street and day and night in a tent while gathering food from dumpsters. As Neil lived on the street, he kept running across a really nice meal in a dumpster and woke up with a work ad beside his head that was somehow in the paper a week early. These little “happens” are a picture of how God works. Even when our life’s are lost and we have no hope, God still has us in mind and is taking care of us. He will supply us with amazing things right when we need them even in times that are totally dark much like Neil’s state in this movie. After taking the job as a radio DJ, Neil slowly gets his life back together! He meets a woman and and gets his own place. As he slowly regans his life, he starts to write. He has “conversations” with God and writes it all down. This is where the movie turned south for me! As Neil is having these conversations” with God, God tells Neil it is all about love. God tells Neil that he needs to find himself and make his own choices and truly be himself. God tells Neil that when he finds himself he will be able to determine what is right or wrong for himself This sort of talk goes on through the end of the movie, and honestly it ruined it for me. I see a ton of postmodernism in this movie because it speaks of God and truth as relative. Truth is absolute, I believe, and comes directly from God’s Word. I like how the movie carries the theme that God is constantly taking care of Neil and is supplying for him. That is a very good reminder because no matter how dark our life’s get, God always is taking care of us. I did not like the postmodern and “feel good and love” talk at the end of the movie. Overall, I will say it is a movie worth watching because it makes you discern truth. I believe watching movies such as this are good for us as believers because we see what the world is believing! If you have the chance, set down and watch this movie through the lenses of God’s Word and I promise you it will help you and help you discern what is out there!
Published by Austin McCann
Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University in Christian Ministries with a student ministries focus. He also has Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball & golf, spending time with his wife, and sharing the Gospel with students and helping them live a Bible centered life. View all posts by Austin McCann