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The Grace Card: Is This Film Worth Seeing? (VIDEO)

Michael Joiner, who lives in Independence (right) plays a troubled Memphis cop. Michael Higgenbottom is his partner.There’s a new movie out called The Grace Card, and it’s getting a lot of attention. The Grace Card is a micro-budget Christian-made and themed film that delivers the message that the world would be a better place if people swapped bitterness, grief and racism for love, grace and forgiveness.

According to reviews, Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. gives an amazing performance, buth the Grace Card has an over abundance of melodrama, predictable plotlines and carefully sanitized conflicts…together these take away from the movie’s authenticity.

Here’s how the movie goes:

Set in Memphis, Tennessee, the movie follows a white cop, Bill “Mac” McDonald (actor Michael Joiner) who is still dealing with pain and anger 17 years after his 5-year-old son was killed by a car driven by a black drug dealer fleeing police. His grief has turned into deep bitterness and has caused major problems with his family.

His depressed wife Sara (Joy Parmer Moore) finally decides to see a counselor (Cindy Hodge) for help, but Mac yells they can’t afford it. Their remaining son Blake (Rob Erickson), 17, is turning into a troubled teenager who is haunted by losing his brother; whom he can’t remember.

Mac doesn’t get a promotion at work because of his attitude, and instead the sergeant’s job goes to affable black patrolman Sam Wright (Michael Higgenbottom), a gentle giant who pastors a small church on the weekends. Mac and Sam are paired up as partners until Sam’s transfer comes through.

Sam finds his faith tested as Mac growls at him not to sing hymns during their patrolsand goes harder on minority perpetrators than on whites. Sam looks to his wife Debra (Dawntoya Thomason) for support, and she tells him that he is dealing with this part of his life for a reason. Sam’s Grandpa George (Gossett Jr.) advises him to look for a chance to commit an act of grace that will not only help his partner but also serve as an example to his congregation.

First-time film director David G. Evans worked on this movie, which was made by Gracework Pictures that he started with his wife. It was made for less than $500,000 and with the help of volunteers.

Reviews also say that inexperienced movie-goers will be able to predict what will happen in The Grace Card. Care has been taken to keep the language and violence to church-friendly levels that Sam and Mac’s police work and interactions don’t quite ring quite true.

Are you looking forward to seeing The Grace Card? You can see the trailer here:

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