After police officer Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, years of bitterness and pain erode his love for his family and leave him angry with God... and everyone else. Can Mac and his new patrol partner, Sgt. Sam Wright, somehow join forces to help one another when it's impossible to look past their differences - especially the most obvious one?
Too black and white
- The Grace Card review by Swambi
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This film has a lot of potential. The message of hope, family, forgiveness, faith, reconciliation, the difficulties of loving your neighbour is positive and uplifting. The extent to which it is believably interpreted and applied in the film is more questionable.
On the positive side, the filming and music are good. The acting generally reasonable, the storyline potentially interesting, involving contrasting families, colours, viewpoints, a 'good cop' and bad cop' and with some scenes well made and emotionally moving. however, many scenes lacked credibility. The story tended to go 'over the top' with contrasts so stark that I doubted they reflected reality. Also, as the film progressed there were some enormous co-incidences, as well as major errors in medical facts, which detracted from the overall experience.
Originally written as a play for a Memphis-based church, ‘The Grace Card’s is adapted to the screen by director David Evans, a real-life optometrist whose directing credits include passion plays for Easter for his church. For a movie debut, it’s impressive but then again, ‘The Grace Card’ should have premiered on TV first.
‘The Grace Card’ is the story of Bill ‘Mac’ McDonald (Michael Joiner), a racist cop whose family life is falling apart because of a tragedy that happened years ago. Mac’s son was killed when a black driver fled from a drug arrest – he hasn’t been the same ever since, not to his loved ones and especially the blacks around him. Then one day his police department decides to give him an unlikely partner – a black and religious man named Sam Wright (Mike Higgenbottom) who also happens to be a pastor. Will Mac be able to endure buddying-up with Sam? Or will this be a recipe for disaster?
‘The Grace Card’ has the makings of a decent movie, but it has limited itself to melodrama instead of going deeper with Mac’s issues on criminals, blacks, and the death of his son. It seems the only way to reconnect with God is a mere reflection and deep prayer. Well, in reality, you can’t just pray your troubles away. Sometimes miracles happen when you make a decision to fix yourself.
Louis Gossett Jr. gives ‘The Grace Card’ some film cred with a substantial role playing Sam’s also pastor grandfather, who becomes the catalyst in advising him to do ‘an act of grace’ with regards to Mac’s situation. For ‘The Grace Card’, it’s a blessing that Mac is finally partnered up with a decent black man. After what happened to his son, Mac is in dire need of true enlightenment and ultimately, he must forgive that one black person who had hurt him the most.
Although simplistic in resolving serious issues, ‘The Grace Card’ is a welcome attempt at focusing on race relations. With faith, race, color, beliefs – the differences should not matter after all. We’re all human beings.