Godliness Is Tough
Release Date: December 31, 2007
Starring: Randy Travis, Nancy Stafford,
Jude Ciccolella, Nancy Valen,
Candace Cameron Bure, and
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 82 minutes
Distributor: Pure Flix Entertainment
Director: Judson Pearce Morgan
Executive Producer: Steve Seabury and Milton Mabry
Producer: Michael Scott, Russell Wolfe,
David A.R. White, and
Writer: Judson Pearce Morgan
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Within a few short hours, Michael loses everything. The tabloid vultures accuse him of adultery and even worse. His career crashes. Michael begins to see signs of the Beatitudes on the sides of buses and in the hands of homeless people, but when he tries to live them, he can’t do it. He even ends up slugging one tabloid reporter.
Michael’s sister works at a ministry called The Dream Center, which helps the most broken of people. He asks her how he can live the beatitudes. She says, you can’t, you need Jesus Christ. Then, she dies, and Michael needs a miracle.
THE WAGER is produced well. The camerawork, the editing and the direction capture your attention. Randy Travis is very believable in the role of Michael Steele, and Nancy Stafford as Michael’s sister does a great job. The script loses its focus two or three times and could have been fixed ahead of time. It is an idea movie with a great premise, but as Alfred Hitchcock said, you have to turn ideas into story. Overall, however, the movie works very well and the filmmakers should be commended.
There is one cautionary note, but it can be easily remedied if you read the Book of Job in the Old Testament. In Job, God is the creator, the sovereign and Satan is merely a fallen creature who has no divine power. Thus, if you understand THE WAGER in the context of Job, it makes sense, but otherwise some people may mistake the movie’s reference to God and Satan as some kind of false dualistic theology.
THE WAGER is produced well. The camerawork, editing and direction capture your attention. Randy Travis is very believable as Michael Steele, and Nancy Stafford as Michael’s sister does a great job. The script loses its focus two or three times, but the movie works overall. It should have clarified the identity of Satan and refuted dualism, but otherwise, it has a very strong Christian worldview.