CK Erwin is a man who’s lost his family as well as his will to live. But, when he takes a job as a mechanic at a small Auto Restore shop, he is soon involved with a new ragtag family who needs him every bit as much as he needs them. Especially feisty Samantha “Sam” Collins, a high school wrestler, who needs a private coach for her last shot at Finals this year.
“Restoration” is a movie that aptly fits the title in its story and theme, and it is nicely done. Starring Ken Stewart as C.K. Erwin, he’s a man with great knowledge regarding cars and wrestling, but he keeps his private life–and past–private. He works for a man named Pop (John Quick), and he becomes involved with his family, including a scrappy young woman named Samantha (Victoria Anastasi), “Sam” for short, who wrestles on her high school wresting team but who needs a few pointers to advance and to win. Once Sam learns C.K.’s background in wrestling, she pleads with him to coach her. He refuses at first, but she begins to wear him down. As a young girl tells C.K. regarding the mechanic’s garage, she likes to see broken things get fixed.
This is a well-written story that shows how two characters help each other, as Samantha and her younger sister Abbie (Elle Whitfield) begin to get C.K. to open up. They share their faith with him, but he is dealing with a lot of anger. Can he find restoration?
This touching film features themes of family devotion, reaching for one’s dream, and looking to God to bring good out of bad situations. The miraculous ending will have viewers cheering. We are happy to award the movie our Faith-Friendly Seal for ages 12-plus.