"Ask and You Shall Receive"
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ABEL’S FIELD has high caliber cinematography. The movie does a wonderful job of exploring wounded people and their need for forgiveness. Seth’ problems are clear and compelling. The characters around him are real. Abel has his own problems. It turns out he’s never forgiven himself for a heinous crime, but in his failure, he’s able to help Seth with his problems. ABEL’S FIELD is moving and convicting and worth watching several times and sharing with others.
(CCC, BBB, V, N, AA, M) Very strong Christian, evangelistic, moral worldview with coming to Christ and refuting bad behavior, with a young boy deciding to do the right thing; several fistfights where boy gets bloody nose, black eye, and man strong-arms teenager; no sex; brief upper male nudity; alcohol to get drunk; brief smoking image, but no drugs; and, the difficulties of teenage life are explored such as dating and peer pressure, attempted theft, and breaking and entering.
ABEL’S FIELD is set in a small dying Texas town named Sinai.
High school teenager Seth is angry at God. First of all, his mother died in spite of his prayers. Secondly, his father, a trucker, has left home, leaving Seth with his two younger sisters.
Seth is trying to make everything work by doing two jobs. He’s an auto mechanic and a cook at the high school football snack stand.
Football is the heart of life in the small town. Seth was once a rising football star, but the circumstances of his life forced him to give it up. He has a half brother, who hates him and eventually tells him his father is also dead. These burdens are almost too much for a young man to bear. Aside from that, the team captain still has a grudge against him for being the better player. He takes every chance to beat up on Seth.
Eventually, the captain’s girlfriend takes an interest in Seth. This gives the captain another excuse for beating him up. The coach thinks Seth is the cause of the problems. So, he gives Seth a third job – trying to install a sprinkler system to fix the football field.
In doing this job, Seth has to work with Abel (played by Kevin Sorbo), a taciturn loner who gives Seth even more trouble. As it develops, however, Abel becomes Seth’s mentor.
When the bank starts to foreclose on Seth’s rundown house, he uses a stolen key to break into the school during a football game with the intention of stealing the cash on hand. Abel realizes what’s happening and tries to stop him. A pastor has been telling Seth to call out to God, but Seth is angry at God. He’s hears the Gospel and that his mother was a Christian, but he doesn’t believe it. So, the plot question is, will Seth stop trying to do it himself and call out to God?
ABEL’S FIELD has high caliber cinematography. The movie does a wonderful job of exploring wounded people and their need for forgiveness and grace. Seth’ problems are clear and compelling. The characters around him are real.
The mysterious Abel has his own problems. He’s running from something. When the coach wants to hire him, he doesn’t want his fingerprints taken. It turns out he’s never forgiven himself for a heinous crime, but in his failure, he’s able to help Seth with his problems.
ABEL’S FIELD is moving and convicting. It is much better than most faith-based movies and worth watching several times and sharing with others.