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Redemption Road

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence, language and sexual.

Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan

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1 hr. 30 min.
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USA Release:
August 26, 2011
DVD: August 7, 2012
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Featuring: Michael Clarke DuncanAugy
Kiele Sanchez … Hannah
Tom Skerritt … Santa
Taryn Manning … Jackie
Luke Perry … Boyd
Catherine McGoohan … Annie
Melvin Van Peebles … Elmo
Lee Perkins … Security Guard
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Director: Mario Van Peebles
Producer: Heavy Duty Entertainment
Liberty Road Entertainment
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Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

“The only chance you get is the one you take.”

Our story takes place in the city of Austin, Texas and focuses on a man named Jefferson Bailey. Jefferson has not had the easiest life. However, when a stranger named Augy offers him a chance to ride with him to Huntsville to claim Jefferson’s grandfather’s belongings, little does he realize he is in for the surprise of his life. And so begins Jefferson’s road to redemption.

A movie like “Redemption Road” is not an easy movie to review. It’s a different type of movie, one that requires the viewer to dig deep within himself and truly try and relate to what things or issues need redeeming in his/her own personal life. As I sat watching “Redemption Road,” I couldn’t help but enjoy this film, from start to finish. I’ll admit it. I was impressed. The message, as my father (who sat and watched this movie with me) and I agreed, was clear and to the point, and that’s what made this movie work for me. It’s a story of, well, redemption.

In terms of cinematography, I was thoroughly impressed. The acting was well done, minus a few performances. The music was good. The story? It needed a little work, but, for the most part, was not too simple, yet not to complex. Like I said, I enjoyed this film.

There is some objectionable material that I have to mention.

Violence: Minor. There is one instance where Jefferson gets punched in the face, and there is a scene where one of the characters gets shot several times.

Foul language in this film, like most films I have seen, was unnecessary. I tallied nine instances of “d**n,” one instance of “mother f***er,” one instance of “son of a b**ch,” three instances of “a**,” “sh*t” (9), “bull sh*t,” the Lord’s name is taken in vain three times. Other profanity includes the term “nut-sac,” some conversations about alcohol and being sober, a mild drug reference, one character mentions a woman having a nice “rack,” a reference is made concerning “groupies,” and lastly the terms, “hotties,” “balls” and “screw” are mentioned.

Sex/Nudity: Mild (by today’s standards). One woman wears a cleavage bearing outfit. There’s a scene where Jefferson “makes out” with a waitress, and lastly there is some sexual talk from one of the characters about someone being “sterile.”

Other: There are some scenes of alcohol use, and several characters are seen smoking cigarettes. There is also a scene where Jefferson vomits on someone. There is, lastly, a scene of blood.

This movie is all about redemption and forgiveness. What we can take away from a film like “Redemption Road” is the fact that there is only one person who can redeem us of our sins and that is Jesus Christ. If only Jefferson had come to the realization in the film that Jesus Christ died on the cross to redeem us of our sins and forgive us, no matter what we have done, or where we’ve come from. He loves us, despite all of that. My favorite Bible verse (that I quote frequently) says it best…

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son. That whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” —John 3:16

Having said all that, it all comes down to whether or not I recommend “Redemption Road.” And the answer to that question is yes, I do recommend it, to teens and adults only. Just remember that when you think that no one can redeem us, there is one who can… Jesus Christ.

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Movie Critics

“…A lightly enjoyable road pic about a circuitous road to redemption, ‘Black, White and Blues’ offers simple, down-home pleasures while spinning an undeniably familiar but emotionally satisfying tale about a young man in need of a mentor and an older fellow in search of forgiveness. Directed in atypically easygoing style by Mario Van Peebles…”
—Joe Leydon, Variety

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