EXTRAORDINARY

"Perseverance Wins the Race God Sets Before Us"

Quality: Content: +4 "EXEMPLARY"
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Content:

(CCC, BBB, V) Very strong Christian, biblical worldview; no foul language but the word “poop” is mentioned once as in a party pooper; light violence includes main character falls from exhaustion a few times and blood is shown on his knee, four ladies smash plates in a parking lot and get a visit from the police, students rip pages out of a text book; no sexual content, with a kiss between a married couple; no nudity; no alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, nothing else really objectionable, though the main character struggles with making his family a priority.

Summary:

EXTRAORDINARY is a Christian drama about Liberty University Professor David Horton, an ultra-marathoner, who runs the Trans America Race from California to New York despite legitimate protests from his wife, Nancy. The cinematography of EXTRAORDINARY showcases the beauty of classic Americana vignettes against the turmoil of Dave toiling through the race. With a strong Christian viewpoint and positive references to God and Scripture, EXTRAORDINARY is a positive, God-honoring, well-made movie that’s acceptable for all audiences.

Review:

EXTRAORDINARY is a Christian drama that focuses on the marriage of Liberty University college professor Dave Horton and his wife, Nancy.

Dave loves to run. He loves to run so much that his cumulative miles have taken him around the Earth four times. His peers refer to him as Mr. Extraordinary. Dave has dedicated a large portion of his life to running ultra-marathons, including the Pacific Crest Trial and the Appalachian Trail. Now, he wants to run the Trans America Race from Huntington Beach, CA to New York City.

Nancy, who had hoped to go on a family vacation together, views Dave’s decision to run the race as a mixture of lunacy and family betrayal. She’s frustrated that the races have damaged Dave’s body. He’s had heart surgery and needs a knee replacement. Moreover, Nancy feels abandoned since Dave has missed so many family birthdays and special events. So, the Trans America Race is the last straw.
As Dave prepares to depart, Nancy asks if he were forced to choose which would he pick: his wife and family or run the Trans America Race. Dave skirts the issue, saying he feels he’s supposed to run. He feels called to run and believes that he should make good on his promise since so many students and peers look up to him for inspiration. Nancy informs him to consider carefully since she can’t promise she will be there when he returns. Prior to Dave’s departure, DJ Barry Armstrong (played by Kirk Cameron) interviews him before the race providing some levity to the otherwise serious tone.

Dave embarks on the race heavy-hearted, however. Each step he takes closer to home forces him to consider Nancy’s words. Nancy meanwhile is on her own journey at home with her children, her friends and God. Nancy begins to learn how Dave has impacted his students via visits and radio interviews. With Dave’s body in pain and their marriage in jeopardy, can Nancy and Dave repair their marriage and finish well?

EXTRAORDINARY features some very nice cinematography showcasing classic Americana vignettes throughout Dave’s race. Positive references to God and scriptures from the Bible are quoted throughout the movie. The characters are real people with everyday relatable problems. The filmmakers encourage viewers to run the race that God sets before them (see Hebrews 12:1). EXTRAORDINARY is a positive, God-honoring movie that’s acceptable for all audiences.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And, let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. . .”
– Hebrews 12:1 (NIV).

In Brief:

EXTRAORDINARY is a heartfelt Christian drama highlighting the final marathon of Liberty University Professor Dave Horton. Dave is no stranger to running. His cumulative miles circumnavigate the Earth four times. Dave’s wife, Nancy, is livid with Dave’s decision. He’s had heart surgery and needs a knee replacement. Moreover, Dave has missed many special family events over his years of running. Nancy informs Dave to carefully consider his decision to run. She may not be there when he returns. As Dave runs toward home, will they be able to repair their marriage?

EXTRAORDINARY features some excellent cinematography showcasing classic Americana vignettes throughout Dave’s race. The movie contrasts the beauty of the American landscape against the turmoil of Dave toiling through the race. Each step he takes forces Dave to consider Nancy’s words. Positive references to God and scriptures from the Bible are quoted throughout the movie. The characters are real people with everyday relatable problems. The filmmakers encourage viewers to run the race that God sets before them (see Hebrews 12:1). EXTRAORDINARY is a positive, God-honoring movie that’s acceptable for all audiences.