Tuesday, April 23, 2013

{Review} Break Away

Photo: From the Producers of Faith Like Potatoes and Journey to Grace comes Break Away.

Francois is a hard working husband and dad that gets laid off from his job. None of his efforts to get another job succeed and he is forced to use what he has, including an old bicycle, in order to provide for his family. With the help of his “black sheep” brother, a bicycle shop owner and pro-cyclist, Francois makes some life-changing discoveries about his life, career and faith in God.

Set in South Africa, Break Away follows the journey of Francois. A former rugby player turned executive, Francois finds himself without a job during the recent worldwide recession. Over the next few months he finds himself using any resource he has to provide for his family.

One morning when he is heading out to pitch his skills to a new company, his car won't start. He quickly grabs his bike to race to the interview and while there, offers to deliver a package across the city in a short time frame. He does so successfully and soon finds himself using his bike skills to be a courier. This soon also has him delivering newspapers as well via his bike. 

During his early morning deliveries, he often comes across professional cyclists doing training runs. He feels it's a challenge to attempt to keep up with them. He feels that this is a metaphor for his life and soon decides to attempt a 100 km bike race even though many doubt he'll even finish.

Overall I did enjoy the movie. The makers of the film created it on a very tight budget with a limited crew. A film that would normally cost close to $1 million dollars was made with $55,000 and a host of volunteers. The tagline of the movie was When it seems like you've lost everything, use what you've got and let God multiply it. This theme was seen throughout the film. It was a feel-good movie that helps to show God's grace in our lives and how He wants what is best for us. 

My only issue with the film was the accents of the actors are very thick and I had a difficult time understanding many of the spoken words. However, the film was done well enough that it wasn't a huge issue and I was still able to enjoy the film.

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