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Movie Review Monday – The Lost Medallion

Penny Zeller, Christian Author

IMG (4)My suggestion for this week’s Movie Review Monday is The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone.
It’s not often that today’s movie makers produce a movie targeted toward children that includes humor, adventure, drama, a good story line and is wholesome with a good message to boot. The Lost Medallion easily fits that bill.
Alex Kendrick, from Courageous, Fireproof and Facing the Giants, plays Daniel, a man who visits a foster care home to make a donation when he’s roped into the telling the children at the home a story. Actually on his way to a baseball game, Daniel doesn’t have a story in mind and isn’t convinced he should set aside time to tell a story until he sees the three new residents at the home. Three residents who are no doubt struggling with the circumstances in their young lives.
Determined to make a difference, no matter how seemingly small, Daniel embarks on a story that not only engages the imaginations of his audience, but also includes the three new residents as the  main characters.
Daniel tells of a lost medallion that 13-year-old Billy and his widowed father are attempting to find as a promise to Billy’s mom, who lost her battle with cancer. Such determination leads to an adventure of a lifetime for Billy and his friend Allie, who find the medallion and inadvertently slip back into a world 200 years prior. When they lose the medallion to an evil leader, Billy and Allie, along with their new friends, will stop at nothing to retrieve the medallion. And in the process, they experience adventure, excitement, humor, sadness, and some great lessons to learn.
The Lost Medallion has some excellent discussion points. For example, the main characters are taught what it really means to serve others and put others as more important than yourself (Ephesians 6:7 and Philippians 2:3). And while not an overtly Christian film, The Lost Medallion also reminds audiences how important they are to God, how much He loves them, and that He made them each with special gifts and for a purpose. (Psalm 86:15, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 5:8, etc.)
My own children loved this film. Several times they laughed and the entire time they were engaged by this gem of a movie. It contains nothing objectionable, although young children will likely be frightened by some of the adventures the children face and by the evil leader, Cobra.
So, if you’re looking for a movie for the entire family that entertains and leaves an impact, The Lost Medallion may be just what you’re looking for –  and I highly recommended it!
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Movie Monday – Facing the Giants – 1/16/12

Penny Zeller, Christian AuthorThis week’s Movie Monday choice is Facing the Giants.

We watched Facing the Giants when it was first released and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it, so we watched it again just this past weekend for Family Night.  It has a little something for everyone – football for the sports fan in your family, touching drama,  humor, and most importantly, a strong message. It shows dependence on God and the importance of standing together in marriage, even when the world around you is falling apart.

Coach Grant Taylor is going through some trials in his life. The school for which he is a coach wants to let him go because his football team fails to chalk up any wins.  His car barely runs and there are some maintenance problems in his home.  There’s the possible betrayal of a close friend. Even more heartbreaking is the fact that he and his wife are facing infertility problems.  It’s during this difficult time in his life that Grant realizes how much he depends on the Lord.  Grant spends time in prayer and in the Word, and gives the entire situation to God.  God, in turn, uses the situation to change more than just Grant’s life.

Several minor characters in this film deliver a strong impact. One is a school employee who walks by each locker daily and prays each student. Another character, a football player’s father, is a Godly role model for his son and for those watching the film. A couple of football players have a change of heart in the movie and one makes a decision that impacts his life for eternity.

On the cover of the DVD, the words at the bottom state: “Never Give Up; Never Back Down; Never Lose Faith.” This movie delivers a touching and realistic look into the lives of a man struggling with the difficulties in life.  It’s a winner in more ways than one and I highly recommend it for your next family night.

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