Before I get too far into the review, let me say this: Hidden Secrets is excellent Christian or family entertainment; safe for the whole family, even grandma and grandpa. On a 1 to 10 scale - clearly an eight-point-five or perhaps a nine.
The movie is very well done, considering the environment in which it is being produced. Other than a couple of minor but awkward performances, and a one moment of flaky scripting, I found nothing worth mentioning in the way of criticism.
Several of the performers perform exceptionally; especially noteworthy were Schnider and White. Vel Johnsons' performance (Pastor Wexler) was, well, disappointing. As a pastor myself I was somewhat offended by the mousiness of the character.
The unsaved and their secular masters, however, will see it for what it really is ... blatant theatrical evangelism ... but the producers aren't trying to hide that!
Foregiveness, in the context of struggle and faith, is the theme and message of Hidden Secrets.
From the dust jacket:What if your deepest secrets were suddenly exposed? Nine friends discover just how explosive it can be when their past becomes their present. Reunited at the funeral of hometown hero Chris Hayden, the friends find tensions escalating rapidly as their darkest secrets are revealed.The surprise ending is wonderful and truly surprising ... nuff said! The music track was by Rachael Lampa and Building 429. Both performances were quite good and, to their credit, believable tunes in context.
Jeremy (David A.R. White-"Mercy Streets"), struggling with his calling as a youth pastor, is caught in an awkward love triangle between his new fiancee and his old flame Sherry (Tracy Melchior-"Bold and Beautiful"). As the embers of the past relationship reignite. Jeremy's fiancee Rachel (Staci Keanan-"Step by Step"), who is determined to solidify their relationship, demands he affirm his commitment to her.
Meanwhile, Gary (John Schneider-"Dukes of Hazzard", "Smallville") questions everyone's beliefs as this close-knit group of friends disputes world views, lifestyles, and personal passions.
Pastor Wexler (Reginald Vel Johnson-"Die Hard", "Family Matters") encourages them not to give up but to follow the truth that Chris Hayden lived. Hidden Secrets is a story of love, friendship, redemption and ultimately faith. Humorous, touching and always entertaining.
See the trailer here. [Apparently the Windows Media links aren't working at this time, so click on the QuickTime links.]
My wife said "that is the best made for Christians movie we've seen; it's a shame people won't go to see it." I agree with the first part but disagree with the latter part.
If you and others remember that we're all in this together, you get your potato butt up off that sofa and go see this on April 30th (release date), or soon after!
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DISCLAIMER: I reviewed this DVD/Movie in association with Active Christian Media reviewers. I was sent a pre-release DVD by Pure Flix but receive no payment for my reviews in any way.
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