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(If you don't know who Bruce Lee is either, here's a cool YouTube link to… Suggest an update to this review. As GREATER begins, preparations are underway for the memorial service of young Brandon Burlsworth (newcomer Chris Severio), beloved son, brother, teammate, and friend to what appears to be the entire town of Harrison, Ark. Its ham-fistedness is compounded by Marty’s prolonged conversation with a wood-whittling stranger (Nick Searcy) whose declarations about the universe’s “pitiless indifference” and the “howling abyss” that awaits those after death speaks to his oh-so-obvious Satanic nature. Inspiring football documentary about the power of teamwork. Parents need to know that Greater is an inspirational sports drama about real-life hero Brandon Burlsworth, who's possibly the most successful "walk-on" (un-recruited) football player in the history of the University of Arkansas. Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack. That the film can’t even properly elucidate that Frederic Lehne’s Mike Bender is, in fact, an assistant (versus the head) coach at Arkansas is emblematic of Hunt and Reindl’s ungainly scripting. Cast: Christopher Severino, Neal McDonagh, Leslie Easterbrook, Michael Parks But, our family was able to watch it and really feel good about it and feel like it was done in the right way, and that you're not just emotionally sapped by the end of it. Movie Review — “Mechanic: Resurrection” cannot bring back the dead, Movie Review: “Greater” is less than the sum of its jumbled up parts, Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news, Netflixable? GH: Would you say that the faith element of the film was the most important thing for filmmakers to grasp? Despite his heft, Severio hardly boasts game-shape physicality, and his dramatic skills are sorely lacking. But Brandon puts his mind to it, and outworks everybody else. It’s hard to fathom that has been more than 17 years since Brandon Burlsworth left this earth in a way that is still as incomprehensible as the day it happened.

20 of 52 people found this review helpful. Hollywood takes us back in time, forward in history and to places and universes we’ve never experienced or even imagined. Netflixable?

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As embodied by newcomer Chris Severio, Burlsworth is a friendly giant with enormous black-rimmed glasses (think Drew Carrey by way of Clark Kent) who ignores insults and never gets discouraged, to the point that even his drunken lout of a father (Michael Parks) can’t shake his confidence.

It was just a progression of getting to where it needed to be. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Rudy more well known simply because it’s a story attached to ND.

He’s picked up on by his teammates, who resent his goofy self-righteousness. Our innate sense of fairness refuses to believe that bad things happen to good people, even though our world provides constant reminders to that effect. Keeping an eye on all the latest mainstream films and television. The movie is largely based on a terrific article by Joshuah Bearman published five years ago in Wired, which you should read. Breaking Christian News on The Gospel Herald, Bethel Church Pastor Bill Johnson: Why I Voted For Donald Trump, Top Bible Verses About Homosexuality Used In Same-Sex Marriage Debate, 'God Is On Throne, In Control' Reminds Steven Curtis Chapman before Nov. 8 Elections, Duck Dynasty Family Suffers Tragic Loss, Family Member Succumbs to Cancer, Christian Christmas Songs for Church, Preschool Children, and Family Celebrations, 'World's Hottest Porn Star' Becomes Christian After 'Voice of God' Dissuades Her from Committing Suicide, Bible Verses About Love and Faith: Scriptures for Encouragement, Strength and Devotion, The Christian Post Editorial: 'Donald Trump Is Scam, Evangelical Voters Should Back Away', Evangelist Mario Murillo Gives Post-Election Warning and Encouragement for the Church, Thanksgiving Bible Verses: 12 Favorite Scriptures for Christians to Remember, 20 Inspirational Bible Verses for Your Christmas Cards This Year, 4 Keys to Experiencing a Breakthrough in Your Life, Christianity Inflicting 'Enormous Harm' on China, Warns Communist Party, Large Family in Eastern Uganda Becomes Big Target for Muslim Extremists, More than Six Months after Acquittal, Asia Bibi Finally Allowed to Leave Pakistan, Fire at Historic Church Building on Easter Stuns, but Does Not Stop, Worshipers in India, Billy Graham's Granddaughter Slams Franklin Graham for Political Views, Says He Should 'Stick' to Ministry, Image of Jesus in 'Heaven Is for Real' Painted by 'God-Taught' Young Girl Akiane Kramarik (Pictures), Denzel Washington Reveals it Was 'Prophesied' He Would 'Travel World and Preach to Millions' (Interview), Trump Evangelical Advisor Johnnie Moore Shares 'Miraculous Stories' of Persecuted Christians (Exclusive Interview), Exclusive: 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' Actor Dan Stevens on 'Redemptive' Story Behind 'A Christmas Carol', Teenager Who Died After Drowning in Icy Water Comes Back to Life When Mother Prays (Exclusive Interview), Denzel Washington Prayed and Read the Bible Every Day While Shooting 'Roman J. Israel, Esq' (Interview), 'Chewbacca Mom' on How She Overcame Suicidal Thoughts and Depression and Found Lasting Joy (Exclusive Interview), 'Same Kind of Different as Me': How a Homeless Ex-Con Radically Changed the Life of a 'Prejudiced' Millionaire (Exclusive), 'Heaven is for Real' Author Todd Burpo Shares Update on Son Colton 14 Years After Heaven Visit (Exclusive), China's National Security Law Enacted in Hong Kong, Overriding 'One Country, Two Systems', Rev. Brandon overcame all kinds of obstacles and kept his faith and became an All American and was drafted.

He gambles everything on attending and getting on the team as a walk-on. MB: Actually, the movie was going to be released in January, and then it was delayed, which was the exact right thing to do.

Brandon goes through some things, even in junior high, or the college level where he's getting picked on. Burlsworth might be a big deal in Arkansas, with statues, a foundation and a myth to go with him. Is anybody home at "House of the Witch? The good “faith-based” movies of the past ten years are as follows — “Soul Surfer,” “Facing the Giants,” “Risen,” and “Miracles from Heaven.” Good actors telling a compelling story with faith as essential component of that story and those characters.

More troublesome, though, is that the film denies him any measure of the self-doubt, fear, anger, or frustration that his circumstances might naturally engender.

Severino is convincingly fat when he needs to be, athletic as the script puts him through “the training montage,” but Burlsworth is dull as a character, and no amount of Razorback hype (“The greatest walk-on in college football history!”) changes that. Screen Legend Loren shows an immigrant boy “The Life Ahead”, Movie Preview: Nicolas Cage in a murderous carnival funhouse? I.e. The life and untimely death of Arkansas football player Brandon Burlsworth is turned into a one-note sermon in David Hunt’s leaden biopic.

Thank you for your support. The movie is largely based on a terrific article by Joshuah Bearman published five years ago in Wired, which you should read. It’s positive and uplifting. And the frame of the film — it’s told as a flashback the brother has on the day of the kid’s funeral — utterly deflates it long before it has run its two hour and ten minute course. A man looks back 15 years to the injury that ended his career as a promising high-school football player. It was that reality that hit me square in the face when I returned to my small starter house in the central part of Fayetteville late on a spring night in 1999. Overall, Glory was an excellent movie, thoroughly enjoyed, and utterly worthy of its ranking. People hate on “Rudy” because “Notre Dame.” Just as you’re raving up this George Gipp figure from Razorback history because you’re a Razorback fan. Your privacy is important to us. A young man suddenly discovers he has the gift of healing. Based on the inspiring story of Chase Blackburn. There used to be a time when Hollywood did make inspiring movies. Well it's not, and it took a lot of time, a lot of years, a lot of rewriting the script to get it to the point where people would leave the theater feeling good and inspired and uplifted. In terms of their biopics, however, “Greater” — an account of Burlsworth’s inspiring rise and tragic demise — pales in comparison to the latter’s beloved “Rudy.” An insistent, clunky sermon about triumph through faith, David Hunt’s film is so determined to turn its subject into a Christ-like saint that it loses any sense of him as an actual flesh-and-blood man, the result being a third-string sports saga only apt to play to its devout target audience. Common Sense and other associated names and logos are trademarks of Common Sense Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (FEIN: 41-2024986). How did Brandon deal with the bullies in his story? Where it will play…great. “Greater” is about a lineman sized lump who exercised and learned the footwork of one of the game’s simplest positions — it really is all about how much size you have on “The Blind Side” — who died ridiculously young.

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