Mercy Streets
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +1 1/2

While Jeremiah (David White), a young preacher about to be ordained, rehearses his first sermon, his identical twin, John (also played by White) is being released from prison. But Jeremiah thinks John died tragically many years ago when Jeremiah was too frightened to help his brother. Rome (Eric Roberts), John's rescuer, became a father figure who led the teenager into a life of crime. Now free from prison, John discovers he's not free from cruel, manipulative Rome, who insists he take part in one more job. A double cross and action-packed life-or-death chases lead John back to Jeremiah, who involuntarily switches places with his brother. Don't watch MERCY STREET for relaxation it demands concentration to follow the brothers' role reversal and the film's complex plot twists. Providence Entertainment is gaining recognition and respect for distribution of feature films with Christian themes, including the surprise hit, THE OMEGA CODE. Watch for MERCY STREET, their latest release, in your city.

In some ways, Godly Jeremiah is plagued with as many demons as his Godless brother. Although John has lived a life of crime, Jeremiah's guilt about not helping his brother years ago fills him with self-doubt. And John hates his brother for his desertion. Yet, while John poses as his twin, he realizes that Jeremiah's girlfriend is falling in love with him. Rather then take advantage of the situation, he abruptly ends the relationship. Jeremiah, kidnapped by Rome and forced to participate in a crime, willingly takes responsibility for his action to redeem himself for his past mistake. Rome, however, is a cold-blooded killer and master scam artist who orchestrates elaborate counterfeit money schemes and makes sure someone else takes the rap. MERCY STREET has far too much graphic violence, including numerous vicious hits, beatings, car chases, and shootings with bloody wounds. This excessive violence, apparently used to attract action-oriented teens, sends out a message that, although done by bad characters, it's appropriate entertainment. The good news, however, is the Good News of the Gospel: God's forgiveness and love shine through the brothers' hate and fear, allowing them to repent and reconcile. Also, it is refreshing to see strong Christians portrayed with respect, especially TJ (Robert LaSardo), Jeremiah's best friend. There is no sexual content and one profanity, but gratuitous violence hinders a strong acceptability rating for MERCY STREET.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Providence Entertainment, 13801 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Once (slang word for sex)
Profanity: Once Regular (G-sake)
Violence: Many times Moderate and Severe (bloody arm of corpse, painful hits to face and head, knife threats, kicks, beatings, fistfights, motorcyclist thrown onto car hood and into windshield)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Few times (cigar and cigarette smoking)
Other: Themes of forgiveness and repentance; Christians portrayed with respect
Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and older

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