Kirk Cameron’s new film, Unstoppable, is one you won’t want to miss. This film is intimate, edgy, bold and full of the unexpected. Let me explain.
It is intimate. The idea for the film came from the life and death of a 15 year old son of one of Kirk’s friends. The young man battled cancer for ten years. His death hit home to Kirk in a personal and painful way. The deep and heart-rending impact comes through powerfully in the film. When something like this happens, we want to know why. Why would God bring cancer to a family that only wants to serve him? Kirk addresses the universal question, why do bad things to good people. Unstoppable provides truly satisfying answers from God’s word and the story of redemption.
It is edgy. The film is edgy because it presents God’s answers without regard to the artificial comfort zone created by our modern culture. Today we attempt to shield ourselves from death and the unpleasant consequences of sin. We also attempt to shield ourselves from the raw truth of the fall and the impact of the great flood. Unstoppable takes these issues head-on and shows how the pain and suffering of our lives is connected to these two events. When you portray evil the way the Bible does, it is not a pretty picture.
It is bold. The film is bold because it tells the Bible’s story. Unstoppable tells the story of the early chapters of Genesis. We see the awesome power of God in response to evil. Adam and Eve were created into a world at war. Adam was told to guard the garden as well as to subdue and occupy the earth. Our first parents were charged to bring honor to God and join with him in the war against evil. The imagery in the film is taken from the words and scenes of Scripture. The murder of Abel, the crying out of his blood, the destructive waters of the flood, are just as much a part of creation’s story as the idyllic imagery of the garden. These events are necessary to help us understand why God brings evil and why his grace provides peace and calm in the face of life’s tragedies.
It is unexpected. Unstoppable is unexpected because it highlights realities we usually ignore. For example, there is the righteous blood of Abel, the blood that cried out to God from the ground. Also, there are many visual representations of the creation of Adam and Eve that we are familiar with. There some that are not so familiar. Since we weren’t there at the beginning to observe, no one has an exact idea of how things really looked. Our visual images are not inspired, but because the evocative language of Holy Spirit’s narrative, we all have some visual connection to what we read about the creation account. Unstoppable works with the imagery of Scripture to provide scenes that are true to the story and yet unexpected. Additionally, we don’t expect to hear about the death and destruction of people being so closely associated with God’s grace. But this is indeed the way God’s narrative reads. Mercy triumphs over evil.
Unstoppable is not a documentary. It is one man’s personal journey and a story of hope. It helps us make sense of the bad things in this world. Most importantly, Unstoppable will help you and your family love God more deeply and shore up the foundations of your faith. Unstoppable. Watch it!
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.