"Endurance Works in Both Life and Running"
What You Need To Know:
1500 STEPS depicts the struggles of being in high school and defining one’s Christian faith. It has a good story structure, with a strong Christian worldview stressing Hebrews 12:1, but many issues are ignored and romanticized. Also, the acting and editing could be better. In some scenes, characters walk into frame without explanation. The story has gaps that don’t make sense. Some of these problems can be overlooked because of the strong uplifting message in 1500 STEPS. Caution is advised for younger children because of mature themes.
(CCC, BBB, Ro, V, N, AA, DD, M) Very strong Christian, moral worldview shows the destruction of poor choices and that hard work pays off, man says, “You think God has deserted you, but he’s close; he’s here,” Hebrews 12:1 is read aloud, passionate prayers are prayed in times of need; no foul language but there is some name calling, especially directed at a boy who’s deaf; rugby violence, fighting with punching and wrestling where knife is pulled, kids are punched and bullied; no sex; upper male nudity on rugby field and beach; alcoholism is a subject; boy suffers drug overdose after someone drugs his drink out of spite; and, bullying, jealousy and malice.
1500 STEPS is an Australian movie about a high school athlete with an alcoholic father, who finds success as a runner, like his father did, but needs to trust God when trouble starts. The acting and editing in 1500 STEPS could be better, but it has a good, inspiring story structure with a strong, uplifting Christian worldview.
After being injured, Jonas “Jobe” O’Brien decides to pursue his love for running. As a result of his new running career, Jobe attracts the attention of Grace and the jealousy of Damon. Also, his alcoholic father continues to harass Jobe for quitting rugby, even though his father had athletic success as a runner.
One day while running on the beach, Jobe rescues a deaf boy from being beaten by Damon. The boy leaves his Bible behind, and Jobe takes it home and reads it.
Things escalate when Jobe begins to win races, gain popularity and the affection of Grace who Damon likes. Out of revenge, Damon drugs the deaf boy’s drink at the school dance because Grace and Jobe came together to the dance. Grace and Jobe rush him to the hospital.
A wrongly failed drug test appears to disqualify Jobe from competing in the regionals, and his friends are now doubting his success. Jobe must remain strong and trust God to help him amidst the storm. 1500 STEPS teaches that the lesson to win any race endurance is required.
1500 STEPS depicts the struggles of being in high school and defining one’s Christian faith. As such, it has a good story structure, with a strong Christian, moral worldview stressing Hebrews 12:1, but many issues are glossed over and romanticized. The movie does show Jobe keeping courage and pushing through to the end, but the acting leaves something to be desired, and the editing is that of a lower budget movie. There are some scenes where characters walk into frame with no explanation on how they appeared. There are also gaps in the story that don’t make sense. That said, some of these problems can be overlooked because of the strong uplifting message in 1500 STEPS.
Caution is advised for younger children because of some mature themes.
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