A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Faith-based, message-driven film attempts to answer the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" The Bible is used as literal source material for Kirk Cameron's belief in an all-powerful God who uses pain and suffering to create unshakeable faith and confidence in His goodness and purpose.
Positive Role Models
Kirk Cameron as the narrator is sincere and earnest in his faith and passionately promotes Christian values as they're defined in the Bible and as he interprets them. The role of women is dubious as represented by Eve (shown as she emerges by God's hand from Adam's rib) and one woman in a male-oriented business meeting; the woman has no lines and takes notes throughout. No ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Several scenes depict Cain's slaying of his brother Abel. Though an effort is made to bring film artistry to the event, it's clear that Cain uses both a club and a rock to brutally kill his brother. Blood flows in several shots as the narrator attempts to explain God's purpose by allowing this act of violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A lengthy sequence shows Adam and Eve at the moment of their creation, and their discovery of a mutual sexual purpose in the Garden of Eden is suggested with bare shoulders, caresses, and lingering appraisal of one another.
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Products & Purchases
A lengthy promo for Liberty University, a Christian college, precedes the movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unstoppable is more of a sermon than a documentary. For a little more than an hour, Kirk Cameron (a popular young teen of Growing Pains fame in the '80s) tries to answer the eternal religious mystery: Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? He speaks directly to the audience throughout, illustrating some of his heartfelt Christian beliefs with a number of visual scenes and sequences taken from the Bible, as well as current-day events (an "imagined" business meeting and an actual funeral). The depiction of Bible stories, as they are seen here (some sensual, some brutal), may be disturbing or frightening to kids; the Cain and Abel portion, specifically, is accompanied by some violent and bloody images. Primarily of appeal to teens and adults who already have a strong religious mindset. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As a film, Unstoppable has little to recommend it. This film is entirely based upon Kirk Cameron's fervent viewpoint; Cameron accepts the Bible as a literal document and expounds upon its teachings to include his own evangelical interpretations of both God's message and His motives. Most likely, its relevance to audiences will depend upon already-existing attitudes and beliefs. Cameron's passion and charisma can't offset the less-than-artful Garden of Eden sequences, the brutal and poorly executed killing of Cain, the clumsy editing throughout, and one particularly inept scene set in an "imagined" business meeting. It's all well intended but amateurish and assembled without subtlety or grace.
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