Another highly-anticipated faith-based movie is on its way to Star Cinemas in Hillsboro, which managing partner Phil Roberts says he is “more than happy to present to the community.”
“War Room” will debut at the Harry Sauner Road movie theater the evening of Thursday, Aug. 27 in sneak-peek fashion, just ahead of its official Aug. 28 opening.
The film is from the creators of “Fireproof” and “Courageous,” and is described as “a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships and every other area of our lives.”
The movie is “filled with more of the authentic characters loved by millions in previous Kendrick Brothers’ films” and is “a vivid reminder that prayer is a powerful weapon.”
Promotional materials say that “War Room” “tells the story of Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a couple who seemingly have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream home. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, the Jordan’s marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage. As Tony’s heart drifts away from his wife, Elizabeth encounters an elderly widow who teaches her how to fight for her family by developing a secret prayer room in her home.”
On their website, writer-producer brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick say they seek to produce media designed to “encourage and inspire viewers and readers with resources that impact their spiritual lives and strengthen their families and personal relationships.”
Roberts said Monday that “War Room” is being distributed by Sony Pictures, giving it a much larger distribution vehicle than previous similar films. He said Hillsboro was specifically targeted as one of the distribution points for the film’s opening because of the community’s strong support of past faith-based films.
Roberts said advance ticket sales are available, and churches or other organizations can rent private screenings. He said he likes the fact that faith-based films are being produced “more and more all the time.”
“Some really get into prayer” and other faith-based themes, said Roberts. He said “Fireproof,” for instance, contained a “hard-core Christian message.” Such films are very popular, he said, and draw audience members who he does not see attend other films.
“We’re expecting a good crowd,” said Roberts.
While Roberts said films like “War Room” do solid business, no faith-based film is likely to ever duplicate the success of “The Passion of the Christ,” the 2004 movie directed by Mel Gibson that resulted in 26 sell-outs at Star Cinemas.
When “Passion” was shown, Roberts said concession sales dropped because people were afraid to leave lines..
“They were afraid to leave their place in line because they wanted to get a good seat,” said Roberts.
Still, Roberts thinks “War Room” will be another must-see for churches, youth groups and others who appreciate films with a strong message of faith.
“We’re more than happy to present to the community a faith-based movie centered on prayer,” said Roberts.
Star Cinemas can be contacted at 937-393-8400 or online at www.starcinemas-ohio.com.
Reach Gary Abernathy at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @abernathygary.