Wayward: The Prodigal Son
Prone to wander, Tyler McMillan had it all but never appreciated how good he had it. Always living in the shadow of his over-achieving brother, Tyler asks for his inheritance and gets his wish. He almost loses everything, including his life, while his father keeps tabs on him from a distance, hiding a secret of his own. Although he finds help to get back on his feet, Tyler doubts he can ever return home or find forgiveness, and his time is running out. Can a child stray so far a father’s love can’t save him?
“Wayward: The Prodigal Son” does a terrific job telling a modern prodigal son story. The acting is solid, with Landon Henneman playing Tyler McMillan, the prodigal who has a gambling problem and leaves home only to worsen his lot in life. He takes his inheritance early, $500,000 worth, and heads to Las Vegas where he is soon robbed and then winds up getting deep in debt with a death threat hanging over his head. Tyler’s older brother, Will (excellently played by Blake Webb), is hard on Tyler as he runs the family business and expects more from his brother. Their dad, Robert (Rob Diamond), loves them both and encourages Will to be more patient with his wayward brother. Rob Diamond is superb as the compassionate and patient father. Viewers will truly believe that he would do anything to get his son back home, safe and sound.
Another prodigal in the story is Annabelle, played by Crystal Udy, a prostitute in Las Vegas who had a Christian upbringing and whose loving father waits at home for her return as well. Annabelle and Tyler’s lives intertwine in interesting ways. The movie plainly shows the gambling, drinking, and rebellious living of Tyler, but the ending is priceless. We are most happy to award this film our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages twelve plus. The movie clearly demonstrates that God is a God of second chances.