‘SAVED BY GRACE’: ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES DRAMA WITH HEART

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With a recognizable leading man and a familiar story, Saved By Grace will have an audience. It just depends on whether or not, that audience is you.

Saved By Grace (2015) Film Review

Five years ago, the unthinkable happened in the life of former cop Rick (Joey Lawrence). Weary and with little will to live, he decides, on the anniversary of his loss, to end his life. However, it seems fate has something a bit different in mind.

Nosy and colorful, Grace (Catalina Rodriguez) knocks on the window of Rick’s parked car. You see she is trying to get home to spend time with her family for Thanksgiving. Only trouble is, she doesn’t have a car and she’d really like a ride. Despite his plans, her persistence changes his mind and so, he gives Grace a ride, all unaware of how this will change everything.

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Movies that I know nothing about beyond a minute trailer can be a bit of a cinematic risk. Without even this, I did assume this would be some sort of film with its basis in a kind of spiritual script. It is this. (Though I don’t personally connect with everything it preaches.) The film addresses some serious subjects but nothing fully goes all in. Sure there’s good things about the movie, but it also doesn’t fully understand storytelling something to its fullest.

By this I mean, one of its flaws is that the story doesn’t fully explain everything. We understand the beginning but the time this unusual pair spends together doesn’t full account for everything that Grace knows. That said, the movie is meant to be a kind of emotional (and literal!) journey that heals. It does set in motion the tools for this in future however the literal journey it goes on drags the film down a bit.

If you enjoy films like About Hope (which I talked about already) or something like AJ Michalka’s Grace Unplugged, this may be another thing to enjoy. It’s rough around the edges, which it forgets to polish, but it does have a good heart.

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‘SAVED BY GRACE’: ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES DRAMA WITH HEART. Joey Lawrence stars in this independent film about loss. Text © Rissi JC

Content: someone is shot and dies from the injuries [we see a little blood, but it’s not overly graphic]. Suicide is implied [there’s a gun] and a story about a child’s death is remembered.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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