Recommended for ages 12 and over
Theatrical Release: 4/26/2013
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Nicholas DiBella, Paul Root
Producer: Nicholas DiBella, Taine Riggio, Marc Wax
Director: Nicholas DiBella
Runtime: 110 min.
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Crawford Wilson, Lynn Whitfield, James McDaniel, Kayla Compton, Brandon Correa, Christopher Jon Martin, Michael Leadbetter, Fiona Criddle
Limited Theatrical Release - Brendan King is a foster kid who grew up on the wrong side of the law graduating from five-finger discounts and fights on the playground to drug-dealing and gun-running as a member of the multi-racial gang called Avenue D. Arrested in a federal raid when he was fifteen, and imprisoned for three years until his parole at eighteen, Brendan has found a relationship with God and with it he has turned his life around. Upon his release, he moves in with a new foster family and starts attending high school in an affluent suburb near the city where he grew up. But while he does his best to fit in and leave his turbulent gang life behind him, friends from his past find him and begin to threaten his new-found faith, family and future.
Brendan King (Crawford Wilson) was involved in drugs and with a gang. But his life changes after a close friend dies and a police raid. Now, he is placed in his eighteenth foster care home after eleven misdemeanors and nine felonies, four convictions and, as he says, "one hair-cut at the insistence of my caseworker."
Brendan winds up in the home of Mike and Vanessa Stubbs and Mike takes a personal interest in Brendan. Brendan doesn't think he'll fit in at school but soon he becomes part of the "Seekers" club, a club that lives for the Lord and seeks God. His life begins to dramatically change and he helps save a girl's life when she wrecks her car. The girl, Natalie Jenkins (Kayla Compton), had been texting and has to do community service. She and Brendan connect and soon she is attending the Seekers club, despite her ex-boyfriend not being pleased. Eventually Brendan finds a dream, to buy an old house by raising the property tax payment that is owed on it in order to build the "Castle", a place for young adults to find a second chance. However, his old gang members including the leader Eli do not give up easily.
This is a compelling story which features solid acting and a good storyline. We are pleased to award this excellent film our Dove "Faith-Friendly" Seal for ages 12 and over.
Sex: Kissing by a couple; a teen girl says she had gotten pregnant about a year before and had not told her mother or boyfriend and she had "dealt with it" but she regrets it now and wants to live for God.
Violence: A young man is seen dying on the floor; a young man is seen after being hit by a van while riding his bike and he has bruises and a black eye and bandages; a man holds a gun on another young man; gun held on others in a scene; a young man is hit and we see he has been beaten up as he has a bloody face and is hurt; a fire is started at a house and the house is gutted.
Drugs: It's stated some young men were drug dealers and we see some heroin dug up by some men but the men responsible are arrested; it's said some people had dropped some acid.
Nudity: Shirtless man; mild cleavage.
Other: A young man believes a club has "Jesus crazy" people in it; we see a police raid and men arrested in a couple of scenes.