WILD FAITH

"Overcoming Racial Prejudice"

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Summary:

WILD FAITH depicts a civil war veteran ten years later after he promises a dying black soldier to take care of the man’s wife and daughter back in Michigan but runs into racial prejudice. WILD FAITH suffers from some uneven acting and slow pacing, but it’s a morally uplifting movie with strong Christian content.

Review:

WILD FAITH is a historical fiction movie that depicts a civil war veteran ten years after the Great American War. Emmett has taken a black woman, Haddie and her daughter Gracie, under his wing. As the rag-tag family travels into town one day, they stir up negative attention from the members of the town center because of their race. A group of four men take issue with Gracie and Haddie and throughout the rest of the movie there is a wild goose chase to sell Gracie and Haddie into the circus for $300, while simultaneously there’s a tiger from the circus on the loose.

Emmett suffers from PTSD, and he has recurring episodes where he sees Haddie’s husband dying and him making Emmett swear that he will take care of his daughter and wife. Despite the town’s objection to his care of Haddie and Gracie, Emmett remains faithful to his promise and even ignores the mockery from the father-in-law of his late wife. His father in-law is the preacher of the town, and he thoroughly disapproves of Emmet’s relationship with Haddie and Gracie.

As the family travels back home the following night, a train breaks down which carries a circus and all of its attractions, from bearded ladies to tigers. The tiger is accidentally set loose and the town all go to search for the tiger so that they may retrieve the $200 award. During this chase, some of the men realize that they can sell Gracie and Haddie to the circus as novelty acts. The men capture Gracie and set off a second chase during the town wide search for the tiger.

At the end of the chase Emmett, successfully saves Gracie from the men, Haddie shoots the tiger, and the men are surrounded by the town even though the sheriff put the men up to stealing Haddie and Gracie for profit. In the end, it is a relatively happy ending as Haddie and Emmett kiss, and he claims Gracie as his child.

WILD FAITH is morally uplifting, but the second rate acting, cinematography and slow pace drag the movie down. Nevertheless, WILD FAITH is a faith-centered movie and should be commended. It contains references to Christ, positive moral content, themes of forgiveness, and people singing hymns. There are obvious mental battles that Emmett fights and resolves by the end of the movie, and Haddie forgives the preacher for his lewd comments about her race and daughter. Due to some racial innuendos, MOVIEGUIDE® suggests younger audiences wait until they have matured a bit before watching WILD FAITH.

Content:

(CCC, BBB, FR, V, S, A, D, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian worldview with a faith based Christian worldview, scenes in a church, multiple scenes with hymn singing, and a grandfather has a dream of the Angel of Death as does a young girl, with some Gracie, a character has a bear claw which he claims can “ward off evil spirits,” an American Indian woman prays to the Great Almighty One whom she calls “Mantu” and also refers to a tiger as “Mantu”

Foul Language:
No obscenities or profanities

Violence:
Several scenes where fighting breaks out with guns, no blood is shed although there are several gun threats throughout as characters pull out guns frequently

Sex:
No sex, but man and woman kiss and a man refers to a black woman as “Chocolate Bourbon”

Nudity:
No nudity, but a circus owner is pictured wearing a low-cut dress

Alcohol Use:
Bourbon is sold in one scene, and at the dinner table the family as well as trackers drink ‘Rattle-snake Juice’ Smoking and or drug use: In two scenes, a man smokes a pipe, and in another a man smokes a cigarette; and;

Miscellaneous Immorality:
The old-fashioned word “Negro” is used.

In Brief:

WILD FAITH depicts a civil war veteran ten years after the Great American War. Emmett has taken a black woman, Haddie, and her daughter Gracie, under his wing. As the ragtag family travels into town one day, they stir up negative attention from the townspeople because of their race. A group of four men take issue with Gracie and Haddie. The rest of the movie depicts a wild goose chase to sell Gracie and Haddie into the circus for $300 while simultaneously trying to capture an escaped circus tiger.

WILD FAITH is morally uplifting, but some second rate acting, poor cinematography and slow pace drag the movie down. Nevertheless, WILD FAITH is a faith-centered movie and should be commended. It contains references to Christ, positive moral content, themes of forgiveness, and people singing hymns. There are obvious mental battles which Emmett fights and resolves by the end of the movie, and Haddie forgives the preacher for his lewd comments about her race and daughter. Due to some racial innuendos, MOVIEGUIDE® suggests younger audiences wait until they have matured a bit before watching WILD FAITH.

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