Alex Kendrick as Coach John Harrison
Priscilla Shirer as Principal Olivia Brooks
Aryn Wright-Thompson as Hannah Scott
Shari Rigby as Amy Harrison
Cameron Arnett as Thomas Hill
Denise Armstrong as Barbara Scott
My rating: Five Stars
Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Who are you? If someone asked you this, how would you respond? Is your identity defined by your name? Your background or family? Your job? Your recreation or your dreams?
In order to answer, you need to know, Whose are you?
It’s a tough one, one coach John Harrison wasn’t expecting when he stumbled into the wrong hospital room. Especially since his role as basketball coach had just been snatched away. But he’s not the only one facing an identity crisis.
Overcomer is the newest release from the Kendrick Brothers, creators of The War Room, Fireproof, and other high-quality, faith-based films. This movie meets or even raises the bar for Christian films with its superb cinematography, great acting, and transformational story.
Quite frankly, I was blown away by this movie. Within minutes I forgot I was supposed to watch critically in order to write this review, as the story swept me into each scene. I identified in one way or another with each of the major characters and yearned for redemption and resolution for all.
The actors became their characters. Young Aryn Wright-Thompson (Hannah) brought me to tears more than once, and I was shocked to learn that this was her first acting role. It won’t be her last, I’m certain.
Overcomer inspired, convicted, encouraged and thrilled me. It easily earns five stars. Highly recommended!