Movie Review: War Room


War Room is an overtly Christian film, the first of, hopefully, more movies in the genre, to make its way onto the
SA circuit, screening at select cinemas across the country.

From the award-winning creators of Fireproof and Courageous, the Kendrick Brothers have again teamed up and made a gem of film, based on the Christian faith, family relationships and prayer.

They do not shy away from their intended message or bury it deep within the film’s narrative and filmgoers need to
be aware of this.

War Room tells the story of Tony and Elizabeth Jordan who, from the outside, seem to have it all: great jobs, their dream house and a beautiful daughter. But looks can be deceiving. In reality, their marriage is a war zone and their world is crumbling under their feet. Tony (TC Stallings) is a pharmaceutical rep who prides himself on his work, neglecting his family while flirting with temptation.

Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) has grown increasingly bitter towards her husband and their daughter is collateral damage.

Things change when Elizabeth meets Clara, a wise woman, whose house she must sell. During a visit, she learns of the old woman’s secret prayer room. Uncomfortable at first, she becomes fond of Clara and is challenged to create her own “war room”, where she can establish a battle plan for prayer for her family.

Stepping out, she grows in her faith which, in turn, transforms her life and marriage.

The film is of a high standard, the acting equally so, bar the mugger in the parking lot and the far-fetched scenario which ensues.

Karen Abercrombie is confident in her role as Clara and she steals the show from the get-go. She is bold, captivating
and you’re bound to leave the cinema either changed and inspired, or completely sceptical and antagonised by the subject matter.

The film has a lot of heart and is particularly funny. The title makes reference to the military and how Christians should seek God with the right strategy before going into combat – with life. The impact Fireproof had on marriage, War Room will have on family and prayer life.

It’s a niche market, but a worthwhile film for those of faith.


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