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“Break Away” on DVD April 23, 2013!! 119 minutes long!
What excited me to first agree to review “Break Away” was the fact it had cycling in it and was a Christian movie. Now after watching it, I’m even more excited to share about this DVD with you.
Francois is a family man and a business man. But with the recession he loosing his job, along with his co-workers. He doesn’t share this information with his family right away, he tries very hard to fix the problem and make money some other way. But things just weren’t working out and soon he found himself riding his bike making deliveries for other companies. His wife is upset with him at first for not sharing this problem with her but soon through prayer, she becomes very supportive.
Francois meets a man named, Eli. He owns a bicycle shop and helps makes Francois’ bike fast for fast deliveries and so he can race these guys he sees very day on the road. Eli and Francois become very close friends and find out each of them are Christian. Eli tries to encourage Francois in his situation by sharing the story of the “5 loaves and 2 fish” story of Jesus. He doesn’t get it at first but by the end of the movie you can see how God took what little Francois had and changed his life and the lives of those around him.
I really enjoyed this movie. It’s perfect for all Churches and Christian homes. I would not only categorize it as a Christian Sports film but a good, fun family film. The movie takes place in South Africa, most of the time it’s filmed in English but other times it’s spoken in another language that they close caption for us.
One part of the movie Francois is training very hard to win this bicycle tournament. Eli is helping train him and asks, “Why is it so important for you to win?”. Francois replies “I’m tired of people telling me what is not possible. With God all things are possible.” This would be what I think the main theme of the whole movie is, the purpose of this film. It’s to tell us to not give up, to trust in God, even in the toughest times.
I want to share this story with you. Lately life for my family has been tough, with Moo being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and with me dealing with kidney stones while being pregnant. The other day I ended up in the hospital with the worst kidney stone pain I have ever had, even pain meds weren’t helping. I started praying and then singing the song “How Great Thou Art”. It was my mentor’s favorite song and I was clinging to it with hope in God. Towards the end of “Break Away” a hymn is being sung in another language. I had to stop the movie, it was “How Great Thou Art”. It hit me hard, I know God is with me. And I find it no coincidence that I happen to watch this movie on the same day I struggled in the hospital. Thank you God.
The movie ends with the scripture from Jeremiah 29:11 and I want to end my review with the same.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”