"Reconciling To Win"
What You Need To Know:
HERO is an excellent, faith-filled low budget movie about God turning a man’s heart to his son and a son learning to forgive his father. The opening is powerful. The ending is heartrending. In fact, the drama, the acting, the jeopardy work well throughout the whole movie. For a low budget, faith-filled movie, this is incredible. HERO will touch your heart, your mind and your soul. It has a strong, inspiring Christian worldview, with many positive messages.HERO is a movie about the estranged relationship between a father and his son, who learn how to reconcile using faith and baseball. HERO is a wonderful, faith-filled sports drama about God turning a man’s heart to his son and a son learning to forgive his father. It will touch your heart, your mind and your soul.
(CCC, BBB, V) Very strong Christian worldview with very strong moral elements about God turning a father’s heart toward his son and a son’s heart toward his father; no foul language; one light fight breaks out between young boys on a baseball team; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, some scenes set in a prison but nothing bad shown.
HERO is an excellent, faith-filled, low budget movie about God turning a man’s heart to his son and the son’s heart to forgiving his father.
The movie opens with Joe coaching his son David’s baseball team, the Gappers. Thanks to Joe’s coaching, they’re undefeated and win the state championship. During the game, David pitches a no hitter.
Seven years later, Joe is coming back into town. He had left to pursue fame and fortune to support the family. His wife, Hannah, is stricken and dying of cancer. She tells him not to move into their house because their son David is angry that Joe left them. After Hannah’s funeral, Joe does move into the house, and David is still angry.
Meanwhile, David is coaching the Gappers. Joe steps in to turn the team of losers into winners. Sparks fly. David tells Joe times have changed and the rules have changed. None of the fathers show up for the games, but Joe starts working to get the fathers involved.
One of the fathers is the warden of the local prison, Mr. Redding. His career mirrors that of Joe. He’s been offered a big job in Washington, D.C. and isn’t spending time with his son because he wants fame and fortune. Another teammate has a father who’s actually serving time in the prison. Joe convinces the convict father, who used to be a baseball star in the minor leagues, to help coach his son even through the prison fence. The warden, however, puts the father into isolation.
Joe and David start to reconcile, but the league rules have softened. You can’t practice hard enough to win. You can’t make players take laps around the field. The game has become so boring that the parents never want to show up. So, Joe decides to start his own league. He challenges the other teams through a showdown. Joe’s nemesis, Bill, takes up the challenge.
Can Joe shape this team into a winner? Will the hearts of the fathers turn toward the sons? Will David ever forgive his father?
HERO could get the award for most improved movie, since MOVIEGUIDE(r) first saw a rough cut a few years ago. That said, it is better than most improved. The opening is powerful. The ending is heartrending. In fact, the drama, the acting, the jeopardy work well throughout the whole movie. For a low budget, faith-filled movie, this is incredible.
The filmmakers behind HERO are to be commended. This is one of the few movies that MOVIEGUIDE® can actually say go see it. HERO will touch your heart, your mind and your soul.