Courageous movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This Christian fatherhood tale is touching, has nice messages and themes, and is very entertaining. Despite average talents of the actors, it’s a powerful film with good intentions and hope.


The lives of four police officers as they deal with faith, their responsibilities as husbands and fathers, and a tragedy that strikes close to home. Together, they make a decision that will change theirs and their family’s lives.

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Movie details

Director: Alex Kendrick
Cast: Alex Kendrick, Robert Amaya, Kevin Downes, Ken Bevel, Ben Davies, Renee Jewell, Angelita Nelson, Lauren Etchells, Rusty Martin
Writer: Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
Release Date (Australia): 10 November 2011
Runtime: 129 minutes/2h 9m
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains themes relating to death, grief, police corruption, drug dealing, crime and criminal activity.

Violence (M)

The film contains violence in the form of people being beaten and shot.

Drug Use (PG)

The film frequently features verbal references to drugs, drug use and drug dealing.

Sex (G)

The film contains a very mild verbal sexual reference, including a man telling another man he “hooked up” with a cheerleader in college.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for some violence and drug content)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This Christian fatherhood tale is emotionally touching, funny at times, powerful and very entertaining, but not for everyone. The fact that this movie runs just over 2 hours of slow-moving story revolving around parenting, crime, family and faith makes it just a bit too bland and bloated for some, mainly considering it keeps going on and on and you never know which scene is gonna mark as the ending.

Courageous is attached to a period of life of a police officer, husband, father and friend named Adam Mitchell, who is played quite securely by Alex Kendrick, an actor with clear potential and talent. The main cast’s characters, consisting of a group of strong and faithful men, deliver acceptable performances, making their characters’ stories sympathetic and easy to connect to.

But on the other hand of the acting segment are the child performances, which compared to average acting skills and other child actors, are hopeless. Every child/teen in this movie is laughably bad and extremely hard to take seriously, mainly when performing emotions like grief. Although the adults in this movie can overlap them, it creates a cringey sensation that leads the way.

Looking on the bright side, how entertaining this film is is absolutely brilliant. However, the slow pace is not meant for everyone and will utterly bore some. But Courageous is a memorable and powerful film that does have good intentions and notably puts in effort. Due to the messages, this is a really good film for fathers and husbands, and it has a compelling focus on faith.

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