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The Gospel [DVD]

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  • Actors: Boris Kodjoe, Idris Elba, Nona Gaye, Clifton Powell, Aloma Wright
  • Directors: Rob Hardy
  • Producers: William Packer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Castilian
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EOTT6I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,871 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drama starring Boris Kodjoe as David Taylor, a young singer who turns his back on God and his father's church when tragedy strikes. He returns years later to find the once powerful congregation in disarray. With his childhood nemesis creating a 'new vision' for the church, he is forced to deal with family turmoil, career suicide, and relationship issues that send him on a collision course with redemption or destruction.

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I really enjoyed this film, sure it wasn't an Oscar winner but then very few Christian bias films are! The story is really that of the prodigal son returning after his time away living it up. The film looks at issues surrounding Christians and the temptations & arguments they face on a daily basis. What I love about this film is the fact that the son is given the chance to redeem himself, I am sure some religous people would never have a 'sinner' at the front of church involved in worship but the truth is that the Father welcomes the son and restores him back to his position...isn't that what Jesus preached. Anyways, the full versions of the songs on the DVD are great, the storyline is good & the acting sufficient. All in all a feel good movie worth watching, I'm sure faults can be found in it but it is hard to portray the Christian live in all its facets!
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This movies plot line is simple and old, it is as I titled my review, the return of the prodigal son retold. The son who turns his back on the church and his family is David Taylor, played by Boris Kodjoe. The son of a pastor he loses his faith when his mother dies feeling that God and his father let him down. He and his best friend Charles Frank played by Idris Elba were both studying to become reverends.

David leaves and we jump forward fifteen years, and becomes a very popular secular singing idol. We see his decadent life style where he wants for nothing. But then he gets a call that his father is ill and he heads back home. His father is played well by Clifton Powell. And by this time his best friend Charles is a self-centered egocentric man that is using the church to try and promote himself. The real story is to give us a look inside of black church society and at the same time it is a story of redemption for both of these young men. The gospel music does add to the film. It changes along with the times and what is transpiring within the church community.

So we have a low budget film about morality, faith, hope and recovery with some good original gospel music. The acting was not great and the plot line did have some holes for the supporting cast. But the story line of the main character is engaging and entertaining. So as other have said, just sit back and enjoy this simple tale.
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I thought this movie really captured the policics that can happen within the modern-day gospel church. It also had some original story lines not to mention a fantastic current gospel cast. I love the song Victory by Yolanda Adams. You will not be disappointed. A great movie!!!
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I thought this film was fantastic. I'm writing from a Christian point of view on this. But I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the many issues Christians face, and the problems that can occur in Churches, in an incredibly well made film. The acting was good. It wasn't award winning acting, but it was by no means bad.

It's an excellent video, that Christians can enjoy, without cringing. This video is down to earth, and realistic, but at the same time is full of hope and redemption.

I don't know if a non-christian would be able to relate to what happens in this video, but the story is still worth seeing, and still entertaining.
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First of all the title of this movie is completely misleading. It has nothing to do with God or the gospel. It is entirely concerned with the ego's, personal agendas, selfish ambitions and pride of human beings. These are real issues that need to be addressed but they shouldn't promote the film as being something that it is not.

As a huge fan of the The Wire I expected another brilliant performance from Idris Elba but it wasn't forthcoming. That's not really his fault, it's more to do with the script, which was stilted and full of cliches. The preaching wasn't even a realistic reflection of what you will see if you skim through the various US black preaches on the Christian TV channels.

Overall I found this film loooooooong, drawn out and boring, the only highlights were a couple of the musical numbers, in particular "Sing", and Yolanda Adams / Fred Hammond.
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I thought this film was excellent - the worship was good and just to see how it started, how he lost his way and then found it I thoroughly enjoyed
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Whilst I think the concept and plot points are good, I felt that the lack of experience in the actors used made this film look amateurish and made for television. Idris Elba is good, but even his acting alone doesn't carry this film. The 1 hour and 39 minutes needed a lot more than what it delivered. The singing and dancing of Yolanda Adams is good, and Martha Munizzi is surprisingly good. Boris Kodjoe can't act.

Special Features:
Director and Producer Commentary
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I'm in charge of my church library, so I bought this film with the intention of adding it to the library. It's not a christian film - it doesn't actually teach any Christian values or anything. It's just like a Hollywood film about people that consider themselves Christians - not the same thing. In fact if anything, it shows values that are not in accordance with the Christian faith and makes these values look okay. If you want a Christian film - don't bother. But if you just want a normal Hollywood-type film, then this might be for you.
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