"Gripping, Inspired Drama"
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FAITH LIKE POTATOES is an exciting, gripping movie. It is very well directed, with powerful performances. It is not sugar coated, and the violence is raw at some points. However, the conversion is so powerful and the testimony so strong that this movie deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. Please caution parents, though, that younger children might be affected by the early racism, alcoholism and the violence, which are resolved in the movie. MOVIEGUIDE® highly commends FAITH LIKE POTATOES. The ending knocks the ball out of the park. The filmmakers are to be congratulated.
(CCC, BBB, L, VV, N, AA, D, M) Very strong Christian worldview with a very clear presentation of the Gospel, a conversion experience by the protagonist followed by miracles, signs and wonder, but before the conversion, the hero is a violent, alcoholic racist who beats up black people; no foul language but there are racial epithets; some intense violence, including white man beats black man, white man beats his black farmhands, boy gets run over by tractor and coughs up blood, women struck by lightning, man burned by fire; some kissing and hugging, but no sex scenes or sexual immorality; several shots of men working without their shirts; strong alcohol abuse, in one case followed by man throwing up; smoking; and, racism rebuked, opposition by clergy to converted hero trying to hold a rally for Christ, and negative remarks about Christians from African who later converts.
FAITH LIKE POTATOES is the movie that one would have hoped AUSTRALIA had been. Beautifully filmed, it is full of action, adventure, jeopardy, crisis, and conversion.
Based on a true story, the movie focuses on Angus Buckan, a white farmer in Zambia. Zambia is falling apart. Farmers are getting killed, and the Africans are rioting. Angus is a stubborn, well-off farmer who mercilessly beats his black workers when they don’t do the right thing. In the middle of the town on edge, he gets out of his car to beat up on a black driver who almost caused an accident. The sense of jeopardy is palpable.
Angus finally realizes he has to leave and move to South Africa, leaving behind a beautiful farm and a luxurious lifestyle. When he gets to South Africa, the racial situation is not much better. Farmers are getting killed, and blacks are rioting. His family has to live in a small trailer while he tries to clear a wooded knoll in Zulu land for a farm. The other farmers tell him not to trust the Zulus. A couple of them, though, come to work for him.
Angus is working so hard that his life begins to collapse. The obstacles are overwhelming. He even leaves home briefly. Prompted by a relative, his wife, Jill, takes him to a church breakfast. The next day, they go to church.
The salvation message cuts deep into his soul, and Angus comes to Christ. Miracles begin to happen. When a black girl gets hit by lightning, Angus innocently prays for her, and she comes back to life. Angus decides to rent the town hall to hold a crusade, but the local clergy oppose his plans.
When Angus accidentally runs over his nephew with a tractor, his spirit is almost crushed. The question is, will Angus be able to make a go of it? Can they survive the drought? Will there be reconciliation between the races?
FAITH LIKE POTATOES is an exciting, gripping movie. It is very well directed, with authentic, powerful performances. It is not sugar coated, and the violence is raw at some points as is the alcoholism. However, the conversion is so powerful and the testimony so strong that this movie deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. Please caution parents, though, that younger children might be affected by the early racism and the violence, which are resolved in the movie.
MOVIEGUIDE® highly commends FAITH LIKE POTATOES. The ending knocks the ball out of the park. Everyone involved needs to be congratulated.