Reviewed bybkoganbingVote: 5/10/10
Taken from the title of that old Protestant hymn, Faith Of Our Fathersis a project of Christian actors David A.R. White and Kevin Downes. Assuch it has certain parameters it has to stay in. The evangelicalmessage of it is a given.
Nevertheless it does show rather well the Vietnam War experience of twomen, the fathers of Downes and White. This all begins when a lot of thebelongings of Downes's father are shipped to him and he gets the nameof White who is the son of his father's friend in the army.
Downes's father is a born again considering taking up the ministry whenhis service is concluded. White's father is a good old boy who hasn'treally thought much on religion. Nevertheless we see in flashback howthey bonded.
The modern story is best, Downes and White roughly parallel theirfathers and the two resolve to go to the Vietnam War Memorial to seetheir dad's names and pay respects. They don't do well together astraveling companions at first. Funniest part of the film is Whitegetting in a brawl with two other rednecks at a filling station andDownes helping in the end, but not sure what to do. Basically theseguys brawl because there's no other excitement in town. This is wherearmy enlistments come from.
Without the preachy religion Faith Of Our Fathers might find favor witha wider audience. But then again that's why the film was made.
Reviewed byCleveMan66Vote: 5/10/10
Christian movies sometimes get a bad rap. Now, I'm not talking abouttheir theology. I'm talking about their quality, which has generallysignificantly improved in recent years. Many critics are quick todenigrate a faith-based film because of its overtly religious message,but they forget that every movie has a point of view. I believe thatmovies should be judged on their overall quality, not on how the personwriting about the movie feels about that film's particular perspective.If a film is written, directed, acted, shot and edited well and, mostimportantly, if the finished product as a whole is entertaining, thenthat movie deserves a good review. Of course, I also believe theopposite. So, regardless of whether I personally agree or disagree withthe film's message, I'm ready to practice what I preach in reviewing"Faith of Our Fathers" (PG-13, 1:45).
This film tells two parallel stories that unfold 28 years apart. InVietnam, in 1969, a squad of U.S. soldiers, including Bible-totingChristian Stephen George (Sean McGowan) and skeptic Eddie Adams (ScottWhyte), are led by battle-hardened Sergeant Mansfield (Stephen Baldwin)on a mission behind enemy lines to recover the crew of a downedaircraft. In the U.S., in 1997, Stephen's and Eddie's sons, John Paul(Kevin Downes, also the movie's co-writer), who lives in California,and Wayne (David A.R. White, another co-writer), who lives inMississippi, meet and go in search of answers about their fathers, bothof whom died in the war. (By the way, that's not a spoiler. It's thepremise of the movie.) John Paul (not named after either of the twopopes who used that name, but after three of the Beatles, since hislast name is George) is to be married in three weeks, but his fiancée(Candace Cameron Bure) encourages him to pursue the questions raised bythe discovery of his father's Vietnam War memorabilia. Starting withjust a name mentioned in one of his father's letters, John Paul findsWayne, the son of the man mentioned in the letter and travels toMississippi to meet and talk with him.
John Paul, like his father, is a clean-cut, strong Christian man. Wayneis a reclusive country boy who is more likely to shoot at an unwelcomedvisitor than invite him in. The one thing both men have in common is adesire for answers about their fathers. Wayne coerces John Paul (who,naturally, he calls "Ringo") into joining him on a road trip to findtheir fathers' names on the Vietnam War Memorial ("The Wall") inWashington D.C. Along the way, Wayne allows John Paul (for a fee) toread Wayne's fathers' letters to see what he can learn about his ownfather. The personalities of the two men clash, but we witness theirshared history draw them closer together, as we also see flashbacks oftheir fathers bond on the battlefield.
"Faith of Our Fathers" is a well-named film with a well-constructedstory. The movie appropriately honors the sacrifices of those who haveserved our nation in combat, while another prominent theme is the loveof fathers for their children. The two main plots each unfold logicallyand the editing of the film tells the story well. Unfortunately, mypraise for this film ends there. Some of the decisions the charactersmake and some of the things that happen to them either don't make senseor feel contrived. The acting in the scenes on the road trip isunconvincing and dialog that is meant to be funny is just silly. Theacting and the dialog are both a little better in the Vietnam scenes,but the scenery in those segments is decidedly low rent. There is adecent twist late in the movie that connects the two story lines, buteven that plot point feels like it's only there to serve the film'snot-too-subtle purpose. The Bible verses, talk of salvation and sinnersprayer make it obvious that this movie was made mainly to convincecasual Christians and non-believers to become born-again Christians.But regardless of whether you're up for a conversion message or not,"Faith of Our Fathers" features an engaging story, albeit one withsignificant deficiencies. "B-"
Reviewed bypeterchapman-76310Vote: 5/10/10
This is a portrayal of US Senator John McCain he might now be a famouspolitician but during the Vietnam war he was a held as a prisoner ofwar for several years of the conflict. The film itself is mostly set inhis prison in Vietnam or the US Navy School. The film shows McCainbeing shot down and parachuting into a village, locals help him andthen turn him over to authorities.
Compared to the real events this film is so tame its just stupid. Theychose to remove most of the real violence that are in the book. I guessbecause they didn't want the film to get an adult rating.
I think its just better to read the book.
With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty. A man of great faith and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne and John Paul (David A.R. White and Kevin Downes), meet as strangers. Guided by handwritten letters from their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to The Wall-the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they discover the devastation of war cannot break the love of a father for his son.