SURRENDER

"True Healing Comes Through Surrender to Jesus Christ"

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SURRENDER is an evangelistic documentary about veterans from the Iraq War who have been transformed by Jesus Christ. The movie opens showing soldiers grappling with alcohol abuse and suicide. The soldiers discuss near death experiences while fighting Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some admit at being unduly angry, both in battle and at home. For some, the only escape is alcohol and domestic abuse. At their lowest point, however, God continued to draw each of the soldiers to Him. Eventually, their lives were given hope through Jesus, who made way for healing and restoration in their lives.

SURRENDER is a touching docudrama with engaging re-enactments, and a powerful testimony of God’s transforming grace. The movie is a little heavy on the talking side, and some edits are jolting, but it’s shot and lit well. SURRENDER honors the sacrifices these soldiers have made, and continue to make on a daily basis. It also addresses the need for outreach to distressed veterans grappling with substance abuse, violence and suicide. A light caution is advised for these mature elements, but SURRENDER is a worth watching.

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(CCC, BBB, PPP, VV, S, A) Very strong Christian, biblical worldview extolling faith in Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of sin, redemption from darkness, and overcoming suicidal tendencies, with very strong patriotic elements extolling support for veterans, especially those struggling from PTSD; a muddled “Oh my God,” soldier says “crap”; strong and light action violence, soldiers are in gun fight, one soldiers is seen shot with some light blood, the subject of suicide recurs throughout the movie, explosions, footage from the 9/11 attacks, a dead body wrapped in a sheet is seen, man verbally abuses his wife and is seen pushing her once; pornography is referenced once, but as a sin; no nudity; alcohol abuse, though not condoned; no smoking or drug use; no other immoral content.

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SURRENDER is an evangelistic documentary about veterans from the Iraq War who have been transformed by Jesus Christ.

The movie begins by showing soldiers grappling with alcohol abuse and suicide. The movie then cuts to a dramatized scene in a conference room where a general speaks to military personnel about the growing problem of suicide among veterans. In between showing actual war footage and dramatized reenactments, real soldiers are interviewed, though their names aren’t revealed for privacy reasons.

The soldiers discuss near death experiences while fighting Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some openly admit at being angry, sociopaths both in battle and even at home at times. While the adrenaline at times allowed them to get over all the death surrounding them, once they returned home, the pain and horrors of what they saw wouldn’t leave. For some, the only escape was alcohol and even abuse. Marriages fell apart, and many wanted to end their own lives.

At their lowest point, however, God continued to draw each of the soldiers to Him. Eventually, their lives were given hope through Jesus, who made way for healing and restoration in their lives.

SURRENDER is a touching docudrama with engaging re-enactments and a powerful testimony of God’s transforming grace. The movie is a little heavy on the talking side, and some of the cuts are unnecessarily jolting, but it’s shot and lit well.

The movie honors the sacrifices that soldiers have made and continue to make on a daily basis, while also addressing the need for outreach to distressed veterans grappling with substance abuse, violence and suicidal thoughts. Most importantly, SURRENDERS gives the ultimate solution to anyone struggling with hopelessness, which is Jesus Christ. If soldiers trained to defeat a dangerous enemy can go against their instincts, and surrender their lives to Christ, then anyone can. SURRENDER is an important movie with a life-changing message for anyone service member or individual battling a dark past or present.

A light caution is advised for some thematic elements including suicide, domestic abuse and alcoholism.

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