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Healed by Grace
“Beautiful and inspiring”
God’s Greater Plan Can Be So Unexpected
Genre: Drama/ Gospel/Romance
Running Time: 110 minutes
Restriction: None, It is a family movie
Director: David Weese
Writers: David Weese, Natalie Weese
Stars: Tommy Beardmore, Mark S. Esch, April Oberlin
What it’s all about:
Riley Adams (Natalie Weese) dreams of being a world class elite dancer, believing her success can be a platform to share her Christian faith. Being raised in a single parent home, she’s replaced the absence of her mother with the illusion of control, by learning to drive toward success by giving 150% all the time.. Victory in regional competition has gained her a coveted shot at the nationals, but a horrific car accident brings her dreams to a halt and her illusion of control to a standstill. For the first time in her life, no amount of effort can affect change – at least not fast enough for Riley, who still believes she can recover in time for nationals. Equine therapy may help Riley gain full mobility, and true to character, Riley throws herself headlong into the process (spurred along a bit by an attractive and charming therapist). Through the process Riley develops a bond with a beautiful horse named Grace, and rediscovers her drive to succeed. She also meets Casey (Tommy Beardmore) who becomes the love of her life.
Despite some goofs, the message in this feature film comes across very strong. You won’t find any comedy in this movie, and it is also not a tear-jerker. The movie is romantic and a true journey of faith. It’s mainly a movie to open your eyes to see God’s bigger plan for us and how we don’t always understand it and fight against it. After tough and dark times, we see the bigger plan in the end. The movie doesn’t feature any big stars and actors are mainly upcoming stars or known for playing in smaller feature films.
Released in April 2012, this low-budget movie didn’t do too well at the box office. I personally felt that the movie dragged for the first 40 minutes, but also felt that these scenes were necessary in order to understand the film.
Reasons why you should see it:
-If you ever dealt with a major setback in your life, you will identify with the main character.
-It teaches a valuable lesson and leaves you inspired and grateful.
Reasons why you may not like it:
-It is Christian orientated (Depends on your religion)
-The movie drags for the first 40 minutes and you may fall asleep.
Did you know?
-In the scene where Riley walks with Casey and the horse in the distance, their mouths and the audio appears to be out of sync. Casey is still talking, when Riley’s voice can be heard. This is the only major goof in the movie that I could notice.
-Natalie Weese (who plays the main character Riley) is one of the writers of the movie.
-Natalie Weese also sings all the songs in the sound track. Listen to it here