Where to go to the movies and what to see can be tough to decide some weekends. Pickings can be pretty slim. But there is a film, though not expected to perform exceptionally well at the box office that might be worth a watch. It’s called “Won’t Back Down” starring Academy Award nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.
A fictional story inspired by actual events, the film chronicles the journey of two women, a struggling mother played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, and a veteran teacher played by Viola Davis, who embark on a mission to turn around their kids' failing school. Against all odds and countless obstacles, they persevere and ultimately succeed, providing a better education and better life for their children, as well as other kids in their community.
Christian conservative organization Focus on the Family’s movie review site, “Plugged In,” provides a thorough review of the film and says, "Whatever you think about the hot-button issues at play in Don't Back Down, you've gotta respect Jamie's perseverance and desire to do what's best for her daughter. She could give a pit bull lessons in tenacity."
The dramatic, tense, and emotionally charged film does have some edgier elements, according to Plugged In, that Christian viewers shoud take note of before heading out to theaters.
“Won't Back Down stays true to its PG rating. The content concerns we have with it are minor,” says pluggedin.com, highlighting a bit of the crude language. We hear "a‑‑" twice and "b‑‑tard," "d‑‑n," "h‑‑‑" and "p‑‑‑ed" once each. God's name is misused two or three times.
But all in all, it's a “pretty cool story with a pretty cool point.”
Watch the trailer below.