Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +2

Lynn Collins, Michael Ealy, Bruce McGill. Written & directed by Brent McCorkle.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Samantha Crawford is living a storybook life .. until her husband, Billy, is killed in a senseless act of violence. In the aftermath, Sam loses her faith and her will to live. But a death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with Joe, her oldest friend. As Sam watches "Papa" Joe mentor the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to realize that no matter life's circumstances, the love of God is always reaching out to us.

The story was inspired by the real life of Joe Bradford, who leads Elijah's Heart, a ministry to children and families in under-resourced communities. Joe was recently highlighted in a Baptist Press story about Unconditional, and the movie's ACT partnership program.

PREVIEW REVIEW: A touching, sensitive, well-constructed drama, Unconditional is a welcomed surprise. Writer/director Brent McCorkle does a fine job with the technical aspects, despite his low budget. Heís managed to organize a competent team of behind-the-camera folk and has been fortunate to cast Lynn Collins in the lead role. The cast is solid, but Ms. Collins is a standout. She plays a woman whose whole life was wrapped around her soul mate. But we are not here just to be an attachment to another person. Collinsí Samantha learns she has purpose and that she isnít really alone. Those who seek to reverence God and acknowledge Christ are never, ever alone.

The film has an intriguing take concerning coincidence in our daily lives. Are the details of life governed merely by happenstance? Or are they a part of a great plan? Do things happen by chance or do they purposely serve to develop our nature? This is a movie that will ultimately uplift the soul and give the viewer a renewed perspective on life and our reason for being here.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Veracity Moving Pictures

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: A man is shot and killed; a distraught woman considers suicide, going so far as to put the gun to her mouth, but fate intervenes; a child is struck by a hit & run driver, but survives; a man in prison is beaten and nearly killed, but the violence does not become overly graphic, nor is it exploitive; the action serves to further the story and lessons are learned from tragedy and near tragedy. Some blood.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 92 minutes
Intended Audience: Mature viewers

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