Movie review: The Penny

This movie was made by an Independent company called Filmweavers. This was the company’s first feature length film and won an award at the San Antonio Christian Film Festival.

This story is about the lives of six people. Throughout the film, we see their lives gradually being twisted together to a climatic finish. Each have their own struggles and trials they are facing, based off of choices they have made in the past. The plot thickens to the finale when they are brought together and discover that Providence knew what He was doing all along…

Things I Liked

This being a independent Christian film, there are many applaudable morals presented in the movie. Strong father leadership, caring in the family, the acknowledgement of God, and Evil being presented in a light that is not glorified or shown as something to be desired.

No cussing or swearing whatsoever.

Having seen a lot of “christian” films, this one was very good relatively speaking far as acting and production goes. The plot was tight, actors seemed pretty natural, those it did feel forced at times, and the camera work was decent as well.

Things I Didn’t Like

There is some violence in this movie. A man is shot, A hostage is handled pretty roughly, and guns are held to the head and pointed at people a lot.

At a party some guys get drunk and shamelessly hit on some girls. One attempts to land a kiss, but the girl smacks him away. So, not fun to watch, but I appreciate the fact they showed drunkenness as something not to be desired.
The daughter is extremely rebellious and demonstrates disrespectful actions. She faces consequences eventually, but for a younger audience, this should be noted.
The main thing that got me in this film is the Policeman, out of desparation, breaks laws he is supposed to uphold by entering an apartment without permission. These actions get me the most because it is shown as “justified” sin. He knows it is bad, but to futher the “greater good” he can do a “little” sin? Not biblical.
Closing Thoughts
I went into this movie expecting something of a “Sherwood Pictures” film. Not only did I get that, but I finally saw an action type film that glorified God and had you on the edge of your seat till the credits. The story is deep, the script-writing brilliant (and funny at times), and the production value quite impressive based off of their $20,000 budget.
Only word of caution is for the less mature of kids, I would be careful about letting them watch it. A lot of the action happens at night, and the one guy getting shot is extremely dramatic. Use discernment if choosing this and you have younger kids with you.
This film is a keeper in my book, I hope you will support the makers of this movie and purchase a DVD of this flick. It will be money well spent, and you will never look at a penny the same way.

3 thoughts on “Movie review: The Penny

  1. Is this available to rent? Looks good! I liked the trailer and the review makes me want to get on Netflix and see if it's there :). Thanks!

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