Monday, October 03, 2011

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Faith Based Films Toppling Hollywood's Top Names

By Jessica Brooks - BREATHEcast reporter
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Characterized by scandal and elicit films, Hollywood is showing signs of change. For the past few weeks, moviegoers have made the top selling films those with faith based roots. 

Dolphin Tale” , “Courageous” and “The Lion King 3D” have toppled over some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Brad Pitt

Swimming in at number one this weekend was “Dolphin Tale”. The film brought in $14.2 million which was enough to take the number one spot over Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball”

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Although the film, starring Morgan Freeman that tells the story of a whale’s rehabilitation doesn’t have any overtly spiritual themes, it was widely marketed to Christian audiences and carries an embedded message of faith until the end which is echoed by the film's young co-stars, Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Nathan Gamble

In an interview, Zuehlsdorff recalled the ‘curve balls’ thrown at her during the filming of the movie which incited her to rely on her faith. 

“You know, you don’t know when something’s going to happen or like you find out the morning of that you’re doing a really tough seen or something like that and I think that I need[ed] to trust God a lot during that and I learned so much about how He can help and give you peace during that...” she said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network. 

Echoing her sentiment, Gamble reflected about what he learned from the movie and how he connected his faith with the film. 

“There’s gonna be a lot of, like she (Zuehlsdorff) said, curve balls in your life but you just gotta see through it and know that God is putting you in the right place and He’s only doing that for the best for you.” 

The rise of Christian based films has certainly thrown a curve ball at Hollywood, showing that films that have a wholesome message are worthy contenders. 

This weekend, overtly Christian film “Courageous” also debuted, which was a follow-up to filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick’s 2008 “Fireproof”. "Courageous" centered around four police officers, depicts the officers experiencing a tragedy together and looking to God to help them fulfill their roles of fathers as God intended. 

Considering that the film opened in limited theaters and cost only $2 million to make, its opening weekend earnings of $8.58 million was a great success. 

The trend of faith based films may suggest to Hollywood that moviegoers are looking for less fantasy and something that speaks to a deeper reality.
Mon, Oct 03, 2011 @ 08:59 AM