Sometimes the simplest stories are the most powerful: ‘War Room’ a movie review

By Debra Tash

My husband and I rarely go to the movies these days.  It isn’t the fact that we have to pay as just much for the popcorn and two soft drinks as it cost to get our tickets.  No, it’s the story.  Blood and guts, and more blood and sensory war.roomoverload, nudity, sex and rock and role wrapped up tales with twisted plots that in the end are forgettable, always leave us asking – why go?

But I’d heard good things about, War Room, which from the title made me think it was, well, a war movie.  It is in a way, but the battlefield this simple story covers is one we can all relate to, the inner landscape where we struggle at times with what we want and what we really need.

The movie is unabashedly Christian in content.  Obviously made on slim budget, $3 million, with an unknown cast, it still delivered its message, one that has become a common theme in America today.

The film’s synopsis: “Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all-great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.” (C) Sony

Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick, are the film’s writers and its director (Alex).  The brothers have turned out other faith based movies with success, “Courageous” in 2011 and “Fireproof” in 2008   two name of their two more recent screenplays. 

Maybe for some critics it’s easier to enjoy supernatural horror and find it more entertaining.  For my husband and I it was well worth the price of admission to be uplifted by a story that strikes home.  We’ve all tried to find happiness from one another, instead of sharing the joy with each other.  Apparently we aren’t alone, the film has grossed over $27 million domestically thus far and taken the top spot in this weekend’s box office.  From Entertainment Weekly: War Room bests Straight Outta Compton in Labor Day race. 

If you missed War Room over the Labor Day holiday there’s always next weekend.  Why not be uplifted by a simple story told well.  It’s worth the ticket price and even some popcorn to share.


Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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