Thursday, November 18, 2010
Arrested in the 1965 Watts riots, Richard Kelly (Cedric Sanders) must serve probation at an all-white seminary. Although encouraged to break racial boundaries by its president Alan Beckett (William Devane), the school wants black followers not leaders. Even former missionary, Kate Allison (Lauren Holly), initially rejects Richard. A prison sentence looming, Richard meets Samuel Benton (Louis Gossett, Jr.) -- “the gardener in the basement.” As Samuel guides Richard through his many trials, Richard must choose between his dreams and his destiny.
I enjoy movies based on true events; especially when I was alive and remember hearing about them. But this movie still wasn't type of movie to watch. It did have very good acting, raw emotions that you could feel through the screen, and it was very moving. I did enjoy watching this Christian flick on the one hand though because it wasn't the typical low-cost, new-actors feel to it. I feel this movie represented what happened and what went on very well. This movie was and is inspirational and eye opening to those who didn't know about the Watt Riots and about doing what is right even if you know there are people against you or possible consequences.