‘Jackson’s Run’ ~ CFDb Movie Review
Jackson’s Run – Jackson Stone is a reckless and troubled teen who rejects faith and the church as he blames God for everything bad in his life. At home, his seemingly uncaring parents ignore him, at school he’s an outcast, and his only friend, Gunner, continues to pull him deeper and deeper into the abyss of trouble on the streets. Jackson struggles to come to terms with his fear of death, and his own mortality as he fights a life threatening illness.
After a brush with the law, Jackson is sentenced to community service and placed under the watchful eye of Russell Tecumseh, a tough, streetwise pastor who operates a local homeless shelter. While at the shelter, Jackson forges an unlikely friendship with Nathan, a destitute homeless veteran, and as their friendship flourishes, they each learn important lessons about life, trust, and something neither have truly experienced… Friendship.
As Jackson progresses towards faith, he begins to transform from a street hoodlum to a responsible young man, but his fragile faith is rocked when Nathan reveals a shocking secret from his past. Jackson suddenly finds himself at a crossroads, and now must choose between what’s easy and what’s right as his own destiny hangs in the balance.
Jackson’s Run is a family friendly, faith-based, “Rites-of-Passage” story that explores life, death, suffering, and God’s purpose in it.
There are quite a few things I liked about this movie. Here were just a few:
- Amazing rendition of ‘Be Thou My Vision’ in the beginning of this film.
- 2 Wolves story that a lot of us are familiar with, but tend to forget. Pay close attention to that one.
- The Impact challenge – reminds me of WWJD, as well as bringing back memories of ‘Pay it Forward‘, which is a POWERFUL film, yet wouldn’t recommend it without some sort of filter.
- God sees our potential even when we don’t see it ourselves.
- Very powerful ending.
I heard a statement just this past week that spoke to me a lot throughout this film. When you are dealing with people, especially youth, don’t ask them what’s wrong with you, instead ask them, “What happened to you”? There is a HUGE difference.
People have things happen to them that cause them to act the way they do. We all have a choice to either forgive, get healing, and move on OR to let the wound fester, become bitter, and stay in chains. We need to have MERCY with other people, the way Jesus did. We all face battles and trials on a daily basis. As God has given us grace, we need to do the same for others.
I’m not promoting enabling, just pure love! God loves us unconditionally, yet He disciplines us. We need to find that perfect balance of Love/Discipline.
TC Stallings, who played Pastor Daniels was my favorite pick in this film. What a perfect example of that balance between love/discipline, mercy/truth. He genuinely cared, yet knew when to say no or back away.
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