Last Thursday, my family and I were able to attend the second showing of Kirk Cameron's film Unstoppable. We were in a room filled with well over 150 people, all anticipating this new film we had been looking forward to for several months. As the theater began to darken, we all sat down in our seats and quickly quieted down. The film began to roll...
The beginning of the theatrical version of Unstoppable begins with Kirk Cameron interviewing a couple of men about Liberty University, a big Christian college who helped support this movie. After talking with them for around 10 minutes, he enters a large gymnasium packed with Liberty University students. Here he begins to talk some more, along with a few interviews and songs sung by Mandisa and Warren Barfield. After maybe a half an hour since the lights dimmed, the actual movie finally begins.
As the movie begins, Kirk Cameron tells the story of a 15 year old boy that he knew who died. He questions why God lets bad things happen to people, and journeys throughout the movie to find the answer. He decides to go back to the beginning of the bible and begins to tell the story of Adam and Eve's fall and the death of Abel and so on. The format of the movie is basically Kirk Cameron talking to the camera, with little segments of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel woven in. Eventually it deviates from that and has scenes of Kirk Cameron in various places, an oddly-placed "humorous" scene of a board meeting, and scenes of a funeral. Then, the movie ends with Kirk Cameron, wrapping up and making his point.
As our family left the theater, we all decided that we liked the movie, and there were some interesting points to be made, but we didn't feel that it had a very cohesive plot. It skipped rather oddly from bible story to bible story, and decidedly jumped over large, important parts of the bible. Some of the sections of the movie seemed thrown together, and there didn't seem to be a single line running through one story to the next. The whole movie deals with a very serious topic, and is very saddening when you learn of the 15 year old boy dying, and it just seems odd to throw a single scene into the center of the movie that tries to add a little comedic relief.
The camerawork in the movie was definitely phenomenal. There was an interesting point where you see Cameron realize why God lets bad things happen to people, and the camera turns from black and white to color, which added an interesting "aha" moment to the film. The overall quality of the film is superb and there was never any scene that took away from the overall quality. The bible scenes were well shot and very realistic, but in the opinion of my family, it was possibly a little too artsy. There was a lot of unnecessary blood and gore, and would definitely be a detractor for a family with young children wanting to see the film. The scene where Cain murders Abel was a little overly violent, and not particularly appropriate for young children.
Overall, the film was enjoyable, and our whole family enjoyed our outing to go see this Christian film. It was well shot and had some interesting points, but did have some strange and seemingly out of place scenes strewn throughout the film. I would encourage you to see this movie once it releases on DVD next year, as it is definitely worth your time. Clearly, Kirk Cameron worked very hard on this film and it definitely is of the highest quality. Even with a few unnecessary scenes and odd quirks, Unstoppable is a film that is definitely worth seeing.