With Remembrance Day just around the corner, it’s fitting that I was able to review Faith of Our Fathers, a new movie from Pure Flix. My in-laws were down this weekend to help us celebrate our two youngest, whose birthdays are in a few weeks. So this was the perfect weekend to watch it.
John Paul and Wayne are two young men in search of their fathers. Problem is…their fathers have been dead for 25 years. Eddie and Steven are two young men in search of their sons…whom they’ve never met. In 1969, Eddie and Steven are with their squad deep in the jungle of Vietnam on a five-day mission to retrieve fallen comrades. They write letters to their wives, often mentioning their love for their sons, one, who is an infant and one yet to be born. In 1994, John Paul and Wayne go on a five day road trip to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers’ names. Along the way, reading those letters, they begin to get an understanding of who their fathers were and how they died. Trials and mishaps, both funny and sad, complicate the road trip for the boys. The horrors of war and the testing of faith manifest themselves for the young men in Vietnam. Ultimately, in parallel stories – 25 years apart – the fathers and sons are bound together forever.
My sister-in-law and I actually enjoyed the story of this movie. The story itself, while fictional, is totally plausible. It’s slow in parts and the character Wayne is hard to watch. The way his character is portrayed doesn’t seem to fit and the actor, while he tries, misses the mark. But if you can get past the less than stellar acting by that character it’s a tolerable movie. Not too many awkward “Christian moments”, it seems the more films Pure Flix makes and releases the better they get.
The Vietnam war scenes, I think is what really solidifies the film. I’m glad they had those to tie everything together otherwise it wouldn’t make much sense. Those scenes really show how close soldiers can get in those situations. It’s a tough thing to fight in a war and I’m sure it messes with the mind and affects the men and women in a way those of us who have never fought will never understand.
It was fun to see Si Robertson make an appearance in his iconic Duck Dynasty outfit and delivering lines as only he could. He is who he is and never anything else.
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