Unconditional (film)

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Unconditional
Unconditional Press Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrent McCorkle
Produced byJason Atkins and J. Wesley Legg
Written byBrent McCorkle
StarringLynn Collins
Michael Ealy
Bruce McGill
Kwesi Boakye
Diego Klattenhoff
Cedric Pendleton
Joanne Morgan
Danielle Lewis
Gabriella Phillips
Music byMark Petrie
Brent McCorkle
CinematographyMichael Regalbuto
Editing byBrent McCorkle
StudioHarbinger Media Partners
Veracity Moving Pictures
Free To Love
Distributed byHarbinger Media Partners
Release dates
  • September 21, 2012 (2012-09-21)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$700,000
Box office$3,565,800[1]
 
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Unconditional
Unconditional Press Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrent McCorkle
Produced byJason Atkins and J. Wesley Legg
Written byBrent McCorkle
StarringLynn Collins
Michael Ealy
Bruce McGill
Kwesi Boakye
Diego Klattenhoff
Cedric Pendleton
Joanne Morgan
Danielle Lewis
Gabriella Phillips
Music byMark Petrie
Brent McCorkle
CinematographyMichael Regalbuto
Editing byBrent McCorkle
StudioHarbinger Media Partners
Veracity Moving Pictures
Free To Love
Distributed byHarbinger Media Partners
Release dates
  • September 21, 2012 (2012-09-21)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$700,000
Box office$3,565,800[1]

Unconditional is a 2012 Christian drama film written and directed by Brent McCorkle, inspired by true events. It is the first film by Harbinger Media Partners, which aims to "produce high quality theatrical films that honor God and inspire viewers to pursue him and serve others."[2] The producers of the movie have partnered with a number of charitable and non-profit organizations to encourage moviegoers to meet the needs of others in their communities.[3]

The film is based on the actual story of Joe Bradford, who grew up in a rural area of Tennessee. When he developed kidney disease, Joe and his wife Denise were forced to move to a low-income area of Nashville. When they arrived, they were confronted by the needs of the underprivileged children in their neighborhood. Joe and Denise began to reach out to them and also started directing a choir of inner-city children. Many of the fatherless children embraced Joe, who became known as "Papa Joe." Together with his wife, he founded Elijah's Heart, a non-profit organization, in 2005 to help children in need.[4]

The film is the first feature-length project directed by Brent McCorkle, who also wrote the screenplay and edited the film. He previously worked on several short films, including The Rift, which won an award in the 2009 Doorpost Film Project.[5]

Plot[edit]

Samantha Crawford lives a dream life. She is happily married on a ranch where she keeps her beloved horse, and the stories she's told and illustrated since childhood have become published books.

When her husband Billy is tragically killed, Sam loses her faith and will to live. A death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with Joe, her oldest friend. As Sam watches "Papa" Joe care for and love the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to believe that the love of God is always reaching out to her.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film was released to theaters on September 21, 2012. Released on DVD March 5, 2013.

Critical reception[edit]

Unconditional received positive reviews from film critics, especially from the religious media. It currently has an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes from viewers, and 67% from critics. David Martindale gave the film a B+ on Dallas Morning News, introducing it as "a little movie with a big heart, a message film that doesn't taste like medicine." He said, "Unconditional has a lot going for it. In addition to a solid cast, headed by Lynn Collins (John Carter) as Sam and Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man) as Joe, it has an elegant script and striking visuals."[6] Gary Goldstein of the Los Angelos Times was not as favorable in his review, saying that the film included too many cliches and that director Brent McCorkle needed to have "a bit more, er, faith in his audience."[7]

The film has received an outstanding reception by Christian leaders and film critics. Russ Breimeier of Christianity Today said, "Unconditional sets itself apart with quality filmmaking and redemptive storytelling delivered with authenticity."[8] Ted Baehr of Movieguide called the film "wholesome" and "redemptive", praising the film as "a beautifully made movie with a captivating, inspiring story."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=unconditional.htm
  2. ^ "Harbinger Film - About". Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "About - Purpose". Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Elijah's Heart - Papa Joe". Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Filmmakers - Brent McCorkle". Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Martindale, David (September 20, 2012). "In addition to a solid cast, 'Unconditional' has an elegant script and striking visuals". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ Goldstein, Gary (September 20, 2012). "Review: 'Unconditional' surrenders to cliches". Los Angelos Times. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ Breimeier, Russ (September 21, 2012). "Unconditional: A woman overcomes tragic loss by learning to love and forgive in unexpected ways.". Christianity Today. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ Baehr, Ted (September 20, 2012). "UNCONDITIONAL: God's Love is Unconditional". Movieguide. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 

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