Five ‘true story’ movies now streaming on Amazon Prime that you’re going to need to watch

Five ‘true story’ movies now streaming on Amazon Prime that you’re going to need to watch

Hacksaw Ridge tells the highly effective true story of Christian pacifist Desmond Doss.(Photo: Lionsgate)

You would possibly despair on the negativity and depravity in lots of fashionable movies, however in the event you’re already subscribed to a streaming service, there are hidden gems to be discovered of their huge databases, together with massive funds movies which have a optimistic message and small, unbiased Christian movies. Here are 5 you may entry on Amazon proper now:

Hacksaw Ridge (rated 15, 2016)

If you catch this earlier than it leaves Prime on Wed 22 May (although it is more likely to return), this unmissable movie is expertly made. It’s uncommon for tales of Christian miracles to be produced in Hollywood, and even rarer for these movies to be actually glorious. Both are true of Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the extraordinary experiences of WWII hero Desmond Doss and is directed by Mel Gibson.

It was so good once I watched it first within the cinema, that I returned to see it twice on the large display screen. Both instances, the viewers was fully astounded – which is its impact on each individual I’ve ever watched the movie with, on a DVD or on Prime.

Without betraying the plot, Doss achieved feats that may realistically be described as miraculous whereas being doggedly decided to obey God’s commandments within the USA’s battle with Japan, particularly ‘don’t kill’. He even refused to hold a gun on the battlefield, bringing every kind of mockery and ill-treatment upon himself. An added bonus is a really healthful love story woven by means of the movie.

Andrew Garfield’s efficiency as a humble and religious farmer from Virginia dealing with extreme stress to desert his ideas is excellent. Supported by comedic moments from Vince Vaughn and a strong efficiency from Sam Worthington, the viewer is transported into the ethics and dilemmas of wartime America and left awed by the facility of religion.

Sensitive viewers needs to be warned that the warfare scenes are extraordinarily graphic, however on this explicit case I consider the violence is justifiable, not solely to point out the human catastrophe of warfare, but additionally simply how unbelievable Doss’s story is.

Apollo 13 (PG, 1995)

Older generations could have seen this extraordinary movie that received a number of awards, and options on many ‘finest ever’ lists – but it surely’s properly value watching once more, and will probably be an actual deal with for anybody who has not seen it earlier than.

It tells the true story of the 1970 NASA house mission that went fallacious, and the unbelievable battle to reach the seemingly unimaginable mission to carry the astronauts again safely. The virtues of affection, hope and religion are interwoven all through the story, which is gripping all through.

Ed Harris provides an unforgettable efficiency because the flight director who doggedly refuses to contemplate failure and abandon his males, whereas Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton shine because the troubled crew of astronauts.

‘The Case for Christ’ stars Mike Vogel as Lee Strobel.

The Case for Christ (PG, 2017)

This is a surprisingly gripping and prime quality adaptation of the story of Lee Strobel, a Chicago Times journalist and atheist who was incensed when his spouse discovered Christian religion, and set out on a mission to show her new beliefs to be false.

Most Christians will pay attention to his final failure at this activity and later profession as an evangelist for the religion – his books, sharing the title of this movie, offered of their thousands and thousands and made tutorial Christian scholarship accessible for a mainstream reader.

This movie touches on the apologetic arguments for the resurrection that Strobel got here to seek out compelling. But its actual allure is the love story between husband and spouse, expertly portrayed by Mike Vogel and Erika Christensen, wearing a cool Nineteen Seventies wardrobe.

There is much more deal with their relationship than within the e book, and it makes for compelling viewing, and never only for evangelicals, although it undoubtedly comes from this attitude. Still, a non-Christian viewer advised me that they thought it a superb movie.

Beautiful Boy (15, 2018)

This movie doesn’t make for snug viewing, although that may be unimaginable for a sensible rendition of the agony that addicts and their mother and father endure. Some of essentially the most surprising and horrifying components of the written memoirs of father and son David and Nic Sheff have been omitted nevertheless, which could be a aid – however it’s definitely not household pleasant.

Neither is religion a powerful factor of the story, however the themes of the movie will probably be acquainted to anybody who has wrestled with the bounds of affection, and the despair of dependancy. When ought to we respect private freedoms, even when it results in catastrophe? What can we do when all hope appears misplaced? How can we deal with the ache of observing self-destruction and discovering we’re solely impotent?

The lead roles of father, Steve Carell, and son, Timothée Chalamet, inform the story superbly. Happily, the actual life story has a Hollywood ending.

Unplanned (15, 2019)

Another well-known Christian testimony dropped at the large display screen, this film is commonly utilized by pro-life teams to show the darkness of abortion. But the movie’s best success is in displaying a well-intentioned Planned Parenthood director, who genuinely believed she was serving to ladies, be introduced horrifyingly all the way down to earth when witnessing an abortion for the primary time.

Some of the opposite pro-abortion characters lack this complexity and are depicted because the “baddies” of the story, which is that this movie’s primary weak spot. But nothing can take away from the distressing actuality of the subject material, and also you would possibly discover that it provokes highly effective feelings.

The actual lady it depicts, Abby Johnson, is now firmly established as a conservative pro-life campaigner. Though flawed, the movie affords a window into the naivety of liberal sympathies and the banality of evil.

Heather Tomlinson is a contract journalist. Find her at or on twitter @heathertomli


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