After catching the trailer for “All Saints” before Valerian awhile back (a great flick BTW), I made a beeline to see this movie tonight. A closing church, refugees, drama and… John Corbett in the main role as Rev. Michael Spurlock, a new pastor assigned to get a job done.As a huge groupie of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, watched umpteen times with my parents and friends, I was all about catching him in this. (Corbett’s brilliant performance as non-Greek Xeno Ian Miller gets me every time!)
Once again, John Corbett delivers an amazing performance, with just the right balance of humor, confidence, angst and humility (a journey in this film.) But All Saints is about so much more than just him. I may have gone to see the movie because he was in it, but this inspiring story grabbed my attention, and my heart by the end.
Based on a true story, the movie was filmed on location at the real All Saints Church in Smyrna, Tennessee. Sent by the bishop to close this church of only 12 members, newly ordained Michael Spurlock (Corbett) and his wife (Cara Buono) and son move to a temporary post expecting to be in and out in just a few months.
Things take a turn when a group of ethnic Karen refugees from war-torn Burma turn up at All Saints Church and quickly make an impression in their lives. As Michael befriends Ye Win (Nelson Lee) and learns of the horrors they’ve escaped, he wants to do something.
Something involves planting fields around the for sale church, that requires commitment not only from the Karen Burmese, church members (including irascible ones like Forrest, played by Barry Corbin), Spurlock and his family, but also involves members of the whole community (including the big megachurch down the road) who unite their hands to pitch in as crisis strikes.
This is a story about faith, commitment, friendship, and relationships. No superheroes with superpowers, just ordinary people with extraordinary faith and a desire to do something & be something TOGETHER.
Open hearts inspiring one another, aspiring to be God’s hands & feet & arms of love.
Here’s a peek at the trailer. If you have a chance to catch this movie, it’s one not to miss! (For friends getting this in email, you need to click to Roses in the Rubble website to catch the YouTube trailer video.)
grace, peace & inspirational movies
Virginia : )
p.s. my heart & prayers are with the people of Texas, especially Houston, as the horrendous flooding continues. : /