Review: “Indivisible”

By Sarah Bryant

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” {Ephesians 6:10-18, English Standard Version}

With the overall theme of the new movie, “Indivisible,” this passage contains the lesson and hope we have in Christ to never be alone in our pains. As we just passed veterans day, I found it appropriate to view this true story about Army Chaplain Darren Turner. The movie focuses on his spiritual journey as he travels on his first tour to Iraq, and how he struggles to balance home-life once returning. It also follows the stories of several other families of those he served with, as well as the roles of the wives left at home. From missing out on family events, to healing broken relationships, to losing fellow soldiers, and the pressures of PTSD, God teaches these families several important lessons.

When soldiers return, they are left to adapt to working as a family again, amidst coping through the trauma of everything they’ve witnessed. Meanwhile, wives are expecting to finally not be caring for the kids on their own anymore and realizing that their husbands are not the same and they have no idea why can be very difficult to deal with. Children are unsure how to respond these changes, as well. The troubles of war and the challenge of home are more than enough to put doubt on one’s faith, and yet there is still hope that can be found.

As part of Turner’s ministry, he always carried around coins that had the message of Ephesians 6:13 inscribed on them. He would hand them out to his fellow soldiers as a reminder that they always had protection over them.

The pure heartache and raw emotion that the actors were able to convey throughout the story were extremely compelling. The performances were captivating and allowed for a realistic performance, while still maintaining professionalism in its filming. Some Christian films often receive a bad rep for being too cheesy, but this definitely rose above that stereotype. It is sure to bring tears to your eyes and thankfulness in your heart.

We college students can still find an appreciation for this movie in several ways. Even though most of us are not married, I think it shows important ways Christian relationships can get through troubled times in a healthy and God-centered manner. It is refreshing to see an on-screen couple yell, fight, be scared and cry with one another. This may seem odd to say, but I think it is important to show life as it really happens.

It also can apply to any viewer as it allows for the reminder of our soldiers’ sacrifice. I think we can often times forget all that is entailed with serving for our country, and the approach this movie took allowed for different sides of war to be seen.

Last, it teaches believers that we can all stray away from God in times of pain, but there is always a greater plan at work and there are ways to get through the hardships.

At the end of the movie, we get to learn more about Turner’s life since these events and see real pictures of him and his family, which I always enjoy after watching movies based on true stories.

Additionally, I should warn viewers that, as this is a film about war, there are mild sequences of combat and action, but nothing too gory or offensive.

Overall, this was an amazing movie! I highly encourage everyone to go see it, and even take a non-believing friend or family member along. It does not shy away from explaining the Gospel clearly and effectively, and I could see it being an opportunity for God to open doors for those in need of His Word and the lesson of hope we find in Him. Through the salvation we have in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are never able to be divided from His love.

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