Sunday, December 14, 2008


I'm sure you've heard of Fireproof, and maybe you've heard of Facing the Giants. But have you seen the movie that started it all? Flywheel was the first feature length film produced by Sherwood Pictures which is a division of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA.

I loved Fireproof (which had a budget of $500K). But Flywheel was really enjoyable (with a budget of $20K!) It is a the story of a used car salesman (Jay) who says anything to get a sale. Even though he attends church (semi) regularly, he doesn't act on his faith. Through a series of events, he decided to make some changes. This movies tells the story of the changes he makes in his life and business. The first thing he did was to commit the lot to God. It costs him greatly: he loses his salesmen, and he nearly loses his lot. But God intervenes and answers rewards his faithfulness.

I grew up watching Christian films. Many of them were either a clear presentation of the Gospel, but a weak story line; or they were "scare them out of hell" themes. This one (and the two that followed) have a clear Gospel presentation wrapped in a strong story line. The Gospel presentation was not watered down, but it was not sappy either. We are called to be salt and light in the world. I believe this film was a great start. We need more films like this.

Here's the trailer:

1 comment:

Eli's Lids said...

Found your blog while clicking around.
So cool. Our bible study hoped to see fireproof in the theatre, but I think now we'll have to have a movie party instead!