LOS ANGELES, December 8, 2013 – “King’s Faith” is an independent, Christian-themed film that will surprise audiences with its redemptive storyline, gritty characterization and quality acting.
Brendan King (played by Crawford Wilson), released from juvenile jail after being convicted on drug charges and aging out of the foster care system, lands in a small suburban town. Fortunately for Brendan, he is taken in by Mike (played by James McDaniel) and his wife Vanessa (played by Emmy Award-winner Lynn Whitfield), a couple that lost their police officer son during a deadly traffic stop incident.
The irony of their dead son being “replaced” by the convicted felon Brendan drives much of the film’s emotional drama. So, too, does Brendan’s developing relationship with local high-school class president Natalie (Kayla Compton) who carries her own dark secrets.
Actors Whitfield, McDaniel and Wilson are all excellent in their respective roles. As a result, they take “King’s Faith” beyond what could have been just a pedestrian, cookie-cutter story and transform this film into an enjoyable, inspiring tale.
As the film’s plot develops, Brendan, who became a born-again Christian during his incarceration, struggles to make a new start in life after turning his back on his former one. Compounding his problems is the arrival of his old gang and its leader Eli (played by newcomer Brandon Correa), all of whom were convicted and incarcerated for the same crime as Brendan.
Believing he knows where their drug stash was hidden, the gang seeks him out. That’s a most unfortunate development for Brendan, who is continually hounded by his former gang mates who are increasingly desperate to get their stash back and out onto the street for fun and profit. Not finding Brendan open to helping them, Eli and the gang make life difficult for him and those closest to him until he is forced to make the most fateful of decisions.
While Brendan’s story is foremost in this film, “King’s Faith” has other interesting character storylines, which play very well on screen and pay off nicely at the end of the film.
“King’s Faith” is an uplifting, spiritual film that will keep faith based and non-faith based audiences anxiously waiting to see what happens next, which, in turn, will keep them guessing until the very end. Director Nicholas DiBella and his team did a great job in scripting and producing an entertaining film while sustaining the larger message that our pasts don’t have to determine our future.
“King’s Faith” has some gunplay, discussions of drugs, threats of physical violence and actual violence. Distributed by Faith Street Films and Provident Films, it is currently available on DVD via www.kingsfaith.com and retail outlets.
Rating: *** (3 out of 4 stars)
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