is one of the most powerful movies I’ve seen in a long time. It is
difficult to review without giving much of the story away, but be
assured that it is much more than a statement against abortion. It is
an entertaining, fiercely-told independent story that at times has the
look and feel of a Hollywood film. It left me boo hooing in the theater
all the way through the roll of the last credits—and it wasn’t because
the story was sad. The power of love and forgiveness is what touched my
heart, igniting in me a compassion I didn’t know I had.
This movie is a must-see for
every Christian, particularly the
silent majority of women (and men too) sitting in churches every Sunday
who suffer from the guilt and shame of having had an abortion. The
statistics are 1 in 3 women by the age of 45 will undergo or have
undergone the procedure*, and in many cases, multiple abortions. Sadly,
most of them know that to openly testify to fellow believers of Jesus’
grace and forgiveness in this area could label them a murdering sinner
who deserves to be kicked out of God’s kingdom. And so they sit in
silence, as they have for years, muddling through their self-imposed
condemnation, believing that God desires to punish them for having done
such a horrible act—forgetting that all of the Father’s wrath and
indignation was poured out onto the body of His son, Jesus, two
thousand years ago.
hits that issue
head on; while it does speak to the sin of abortion, it also paints a
picture of ultimate forgiveness for the men and women who are haunted
by the horrible decisions they made in the past. In this story,
forgiveness comes from the innocent victim, the aborted baby, which is
a perfect picture of the forgiveness of Christ Jesus—the perfect and
innocent sacrifice for the sins of the world.
The movie stars Rachel Hendrix
who plays Hannah, a beautiful
ex-home-schooled college freshman who suffers from a host of
psychological and physical problems, including a severe case of asthma.
When a major attack interrupts a leading scene in a local play and
lands her in the hospital, her physician and parents inform her that
her condition is due to her traumatic birth. In just a few short
minutes, Hannah’s world comes crashing down around her. She learns she
was adopted, that she had a twin brother who was maimed from an
attempted abortion and died shortly after birth, and that she barely
survived that attempted procedure.
strength from Jason, a childhood
friend and confidant, Hannah defies her over-protective father’s wishes
and embarks on a spring-break road trip with Jason, his girlfriend
Alanna, and a ragtag group of hilarious losers in a beat-up 70s VW van.
Unbeknownst to them, Hannah’s desire is to get to Mobile, Alabama, find
her birth mother, and discover who she truly is. The funny scenes along
the way, as well as the smoldering romance between Hannah and Jason,
make for good entertainment. The dramatic highs are tempered by
fun-loving comedy and the newness of young love, all of which tug at
the heartstrings. I was especially touched by her father’s affections
and the great lengths he will go to protect her (wonderfully played by
John Scneider). While her adoptive mother is loving and supportive, the
unconditional love from her father is the focus in this film, with the
romance with Jason taking a close second. Without their love and
support, searching out her past and accepting what she discovers would
be an impossibility.
Midway through the film, Jasmine
Guy gives a touching perspective on
a nurse’s view of abortion. Her character was the attending nurse when
Hannah was born, and she describes the trauma of witnessing Hannah’s
twin brother being aborted. It is especially hard to imagine a fetus’
arm being pulled off by forceps, but this is what is described, even
though we are spared the gory details.
You may be wondering by now
whether there is any entertainment value
to this movie, but believe me when I say that the story will keep you
on the edge of your seat, especially when Hannah locates her birth
mother, an attorney in a prestigious law firm. At first, her birth
mother agrees to cancel her appointments and talk with Hannah, but when
her husband arrives for a lunch date, the moment passes and Hannah is
forgotten. After another round of soul-searching, Hannah returns, but
not to confront; this time it is to deliver a message to her birth
mother. And that one simple message is the theme for the movie that
brings healing and restoration to everyone involved.
is a wonderful film with a beautiful message
that I believe will help set many Christians free from the guilt of
their past. I believe it will also be instrumental in drawing in
nonbelievers looking for a place of forgiveness for past abortions. The
movie is compelling, entertaining, well written and acted, and is the
best ministry tool coming out of the film industry since Fireproof,
The Perfect Stranger, and The Passion of the Christ.
I believe many, many of God’s precious children will be set free by
this powerful film. See it today, and make sure you spread the word!
*Source: Alan Guttmacher