Remember all of those wholesome Janette Oke movies – you know the ones based on her popular ‘Love Comes Softly’ saga? If you are a fan, relive some of that in this family driven drama.
The Redemption of Henry Myers (2014) Hallmark TV Film Review
Running from his former outlaw partners isn’t something Henry Myers (Drew Waters) plans on. His hiding place is uncovered, which forces him to flee. He lives a lifeless existence haunted by a past that he cannot outrun but desperately wants peace from.
Barely escaping his fate and with a gunshot wound in the back, he is taken in by a widow, Marilyn (Erin Bethea, Fireproof) and her two children. Brought back to full health by the kind family, Henry isn’t sure what to make of their resilient lifestyle. Through it all, Marilyn holds her family together with faith and forgiveness, something Henry begins to believe in until his life is upset by a secret that will shake him.
When I was a kid, I binge watched westerns. Think John Wayne, Little House on the Prairie, Janette Oke, you name it and it’s movie night. These days, I’m not as keen for a rip roarin’ old-fashion western but that doesn’t mean I don’t like one on occasion. This movie is a more pleasant journey to the old West in the tradition of ‘Little House’ or Bonanza. It’s full of wholesome, moral values that any family looking for an adventures journey back in time will be sorry to miss.
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The one flaw, or personal gripe, that I often see in modern television westerns is the dialogue. It seems a mix of modern versus old phrases and because of the contemporary word choices, it doesn’t fit. Second to that, in this film specifically, is how and who finds out some of Henry’s secrets; I understand why the story reveals what it does to characters but because of the hostility of this character, it’s difficult to accept that in one harrowing experience he’d accept such a future. Driving this script is its themes of redemption and forgiveness. Learning to let go of what holds us in the past and realizing that just because mistakes may rule our life, it doesn’t mean that, in repentance, we cannot earn God’s forgiveness. Because of how wonderfully this film strives to be a breath-catching western that families can view together!
In the end, this isn’t a normal film in its category. It’s something that slows down focus on exciting sequences to show an alternative on how we usually watch this genre.
Content: there are some minor gunfights. A man is accidentally shot in a bank robbery gone wrong; there is little or no blood.