Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Kevin McAfee and Darrel Campbell
Marshall R. Teague, Hunter Gomez, Jennifer O’Neill, Jenna Boyd, Fred Williamson, Rusty Joiner, Nikki Novak
This heartwarming movie tells the story of a local war hero whose son goes off to war. His new wife brings Christian, his first son, in to the world while the young hero is away at war earning medals for valor. However, the tragedy that ensues on a cruel battlefield will change everyone's life forever as Tom Revere is laid to rest giving his ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Fourteen years pass and the young baby grows to be a teenager (Christian Revere) who, with his mother (Carrie Revere), comes back to the small town of Mount Columbus nestled in the Rocky Mountains during the holiday season to be with his family. Christian disconnects with his grandfather (Bob Revere) as they both are going through the pain of losing a Dad and the loss of a son by Bob. In this beautiful story of love and forgiveness, they discover a way to unite and to make a difference in their community by claiming their freedom of expression...
This movie is about freedom! It is right on target as it deals with today's world, a world which tells Christians to remove Nativity scenes and religious symbols and to never say, "Merry Christmas" but only to say, "Happy Holidays." This film just might inspire you to remember that our forefathers came to this land to have freedom of religion, not freedom "from" religion.
A young man named Tom dies in the war and his father, Bob, himself a war hero, loses heart and stops fighting for what he once believed. Tom's widow and infant son move away. Years later when they return for a visit, with Bob's grandson Christian now fourteen years old, Christian reminds Bob of the need to stand for what he believes. Bob is now mayor of Mt. Columbus, and he wants it to become known as "Christmas City." Bob has plenty of opposition from various political figures but he is determined to make sure that his son did not die in vain, but that he will enjoy the religious freedoms he had a part in fighting for.
This inspirational movie is well done and has plenty to say about the rights we have as a nation. Watch this one with a family member or friend and remember, someone died for our freedom. This one gets our Dove Seal for sure!
Content Description: Sex: None Language: None Violence: Archive footage of a solider shooting a rifle; an explosion hits a group of soldiers; it's mentioned a man hit a trip wire during the war and as he reflects blood is seen on a man's face. Drugs: Cigar smoking in a few scenes; wine with meal. Nudity: None Other: The fight for religious freedom; Christianity is attacked in is right to use religious symbols; the song "Silent Night" has the words changed for a play but there is an about-face with this problem near the end of the movie; death and grief; a few family tensions between a grandfather and his grandson.