28th April, 2011
The Board (PG)
In A Word: Thoughtful
Based on a script by Gary Varvel, The Board involved more than 60 members of the Bethesda Baptist Church.
It’s the story of one man’s walk to redemption but with a twist: the entire movie is set within the soul a single person.
The Board, which was made by Bethesda Baptist Church in the US (producers of Fireproof and Facing the Giants) and inspired by a sermon, opens with a group of men sitting around a boardroom table and about to start a meeting.
But we quickly learn that this is a board with a difference – the men, who bear names like Mind, Memory, Will, Conscience, Emotion and Heart are all aspects of a single person, “power-brokers of the soul”.
There’s an important matter to discuss – a work colleague of the characters’ host, has been witnessing to the host about his need for a relationship with Jesus Christ and it’s causing some concern among various members of the board.
The movie follows the discussion with a predictable end but what’s interesting here is how different aspects of who we are interact as we wrestle with the idea of God.
It’s not a blockbuster in any sense – virtually the entire action of the film takes place at a single location – but it is well produced and solidly, if not spectacularly, acted (more than 60 members of the Bethesda church were involved).
Being marketed as an evangelism tool or sermon aid, it’s a good length for a small group to watch and should provoke some interesting discussions. Worth a look.
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