OVERCOMER – 7 out of 10.
In a word: Tear-jerker
If you like movies that have lots of action, violence, guns, bombs, racism, sexual references and bad language, DO NOT see this film. There’s none of the above. Ergo, it’s kinda refreshing to see a “clean: movie these days.
This is a good story with an emotional plot about a small town high school basketball coach who loses most of his student players when a major industrial plant is closed and people have moved to new towns where the local economy is better. Coach John Harrison (played by Alex Kendrick) then meets up with a young girl student, age 15, who shows some interest in long distance running, though she is the only runner remaining from the “team.” Harrison, by necessity, reluctantly accepts the job as running coach.
Played by Aryn Wright-Thompson, runner Hannah Scott had never known her father which was clearly a void in her life. Now living with her grandmother, she is torn between expectations of her school, her friends, her grandmother and her coach. Struggling with a history of rejection, the movie follows the path of young Hannah and Coach Harrison who becomes her mentor and spiritual guide. Dealing as well with the death of her mother, Hannah struggles with an array of emotional difficulties.
This generally plays out well, until the story (in my opinion) over-emphasizes the preachy side of faith and religion. I have no problem with Christian-based movies that focus on Christ as the salvation for heart-breaking problems, but it would good for the viewer to know that theme is prevalent before buying the tickets. This plays out in the latter part of the movie, which does provide a good ending to a story about psychological suffering. Relating to God and religion is not new to movies, and nothing wrong, but I think it would go over better without the audience being read passages from the Bible.
The acting is credible, particularly the child actress playing Hannah, who rips at the heartstrings to erupt a flow of tears. Other actors also did a credible job.
The movie is good other than a few scenes which over-sermonize the religious angle, Having grown up in a home where I lost my father the tender age of two, I could relate to the feelings of this child and her quest to find answers about the family history.
I give this a 7 out of 10.