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Monday, September 27, 2010

The Least Among You (DVD)







Sorry, this movie was just not entertaining.  I'll admit, I had never even heard of the Watts riots before watching this movie, but I always am intrigued by movies "based on a true story."  This one stars a young man named Richard Kelly, who is facing prison time for his alleged part in these riots unless he accepts the plea bargain and enters the local seminary for one year.  Much to his mother's pleasure, he accepts the conditions, but is soon entrenched in fierce racial tensions within this school of which he is the lone black student among an entirely white campus.  Keeping his legal troubles a secret, he becomes a crusader.  The story continues to follow Richard's struggle both in the school and within his own heart as he sorts out his painful past.

I really thought the storyline had potential, however, the plot starts to get sort of hard to follow many times and characters are not developed as well as they should have been.  When you get to the pivotal point in the movie, it is confusing to pinpoint exactly what Richard is fighting for.  Add to this the fact that the movie is intense, with virtually no moments of comic relief.
As far as it being a Christian movie, it is worth mentioning that the seminary was not exactly exemplary (racist students/faculty, teacher states that Bible stories are not to be taken literally, corrupt/dishonest seminary leadership), but I think that was kind of part of the whole conflict.  Also, the message of the Gospel is presented in certain spots, but it is by no means an evangelistic movie.  It may have been clean, but of course this is not a movie for small children.
I will say, I thought the acting was very good, but still I would give it only 2 out of 5 stars.  I received a free copy of this DVD from the Booksneeze program for bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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