“King's Faith” weaves several serious themes together for a fine blend of drama and entertainment.
It's clear from the start that this is a message movie, but what's also clear is the director's commitment to dramatic elements designed to keep viewers watching.
The film tells the story of Brendan King, a teen who has been in 18 foster homes and is headed to his next one. The story opens with Brendan's flashbacks of being arrested during a drug raid three years previously. The teen, portrayed convincingly by Crawford Wilson, is starting a new school and meeting a new foster family, Mike Stubbs (James McDaniel), a teacher and after-school Bible club adviser, and his wife, Vanessa (Lynn Whitfield).
Brendan learns early on that while Stubbs is positive and supportive, his wife is more hesitant about opening her heart and home to someone new. As the film progresses, it becomes obvious that the couple, like Brendan, must come to terms with some difficult parts of their past so that they can move forward.
The story setup includes Brendan's involvement with his foster dad's Bible club and, by contrast, his reluctant interaction with some pretty menacing members of his former gang who want him to start slinging drugs again. Into this mix comes Natalie (Kayla Compton), a popular teen who becomes involved with the Bible club to meet a court requirement because of her own past poor choices.
Everything comes to a head when Brendan, at the request of his fellow Bible club members “The Seekers,” comes up with a project that links his old inner city neighborhood and dismal past with his new community and more promising and hopeful future.
The movie does a good job of bringing relevant themes like foster care and teen drug abuse to the forefront in a very compelling and touching story. I predict that moviegoers will be inspired during the scene when Brendan takes Vanessa and some of his other new friends to the boarded-up drug house where he once lived. As the characters survey the dilapidated building with its filthy interior, it's not too hard to imagine what life was like for the young man living there — and many moviegoers may realize that youths growing up in scenarios like this are in reality in too many homes and neighborhoods these days.
“King's Faith” was produced and distributed through a partnership between Faith Street Film Partners in association with Hopefilled Media and Waking Giants Entertainment.
— Carla Hinton