Movie Review: Last Ounce of Courage
Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman
When the Republicans convened in Florida last month, delegates watched two new movies: the documentary "2016: Obama's America" and "Last Ounce of Courage."
Since then, "2016" has done well at the box office, becoming the top-grossing documentary of the year and drawing Republicans and others who appreciate director Dinesh D'Souza's interpretation of President Obama's background and political influences.
The other movie from the convention, "Last Ounce of Courage," opens today in Austin and on about 1,200 screens nationwide.
Directed by Kevin McAfee and Darrel Campbell, "Last Ounce" stars Marshall R. Teague as Bob Revere, a pharmacist and mayor in a small town called Mount Columbus who takes a stand on religious liberty.
Having lost his son in a foreign war, Revere's attitudes about religious freedoms begin to evolve. He wonders why his son died if religious freedoms — a foundation of American society — are being eroded.
Part of the change in Revere's feelings involves an old church Revere has bought and turned into a veterans' mission. When a local citizen complains about the "Jesus Saves" sign on the building's exterior, Revere reluctantly agrees to take it down.
But the breaking point comes when Revere's grandson, Christian (Hunter Gomez), faces possible suspension after bringing a Bible to Mount Columbus' high school.
Revere eventually decides to fight back. He starts putting up Nativity scenes around town as Christmas approaches, and he supports the staging of a Christian-oriented play at the local school. He's also determined to restore the "Jesus Saves" sign to his building.
As politically savvy readers know, these themes have become rallying cries for conservatives, who contend religious freedoms have been eroded by secular groups that question such traditions as prayer before high school football games and overtly Christian symbols during Christmas.
Press materials for "Last Ounce of Courage" state that the people who "clamor for further removal of religion from public spaces" are treading "the line of infringing on other people's rights, including the right to pray and the right to worship." "Last Ounce of Courage" certainly makes that point. Your reaction to the movie will be related to whether you feel the same way.
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Rating: PG-13. Running time: 1 hour, 41 minutes. Theaters: Cinemark Galleria, Cinemark Southpark Meadows, Cinemark Round Rock, City Lights, Gateway, Lakeline, Tinseltown Pflugerville., Tinseltown South, Westgate.