The Inspiring True Story of College Football Player Brandon Burlsworth
Starring Chris Severio & Neal McDonough
Debuts on Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital December 20
Bonus Materials Include Bloopers, Deleted Scenes & Commentary
GREATER released in theaters this past August. I was among those who were privileged to get to see it. While faith-based films are often followed by negative reviews due to any number of variables including small budgets, I have only positive to share regarding the movie, GREATER. It is a well-made film with a heartfelt message based on the true story of Brandon Burlsworth. Words like “inspiring”, “motivating”, “meaningful, and “thought-provoking” come to mind. It is a film that would be a great addition to anyone’s movie night.
If you missed it in the theaters but fear not! Or if you would like to watch it again, as I do, GREATER is being released on DVD and Digital on December 20th. Consider adding this film to your “must watch” movie list. It’s more than just another faith-based film. It’s more than just another football movie. It’s where faith, family, and football come together to inspire, motivate, and possibly even change the hearts of those who watch.
Here is a snippet of what our staff writer, Kelly Smith, had to say about GREATER. Click on the link below to read her full review.
Newcomer Chris Severio gives a breakout performance as Brandon Burlsworth. He brings a quiet strength to the screen, a striking contrast to the bullish brutes he meets on the gridiron. He embodies Brandon’s meekness, the kind Jesus encouraged while teaching on the mountainside–“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5, NIV).
Neal McDonough (Minority Report, Flags of Our Fathers,) delivers a powerful performance as Brandon’s brother, Marty. He channels the nuances of his character—both brooding and broken, displaying both strength and vulnerability. Brandon’s mother is played by Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy).
Intriguing characters introduce a spiritual good-versus-evil element to GREATER. Brandon’s father, played by Michael Parks (Kill Bill), strums a guitar, sings, and plays a good drunk. Even in the haze of a hangover, his inner struggle is evident on his gray face. Nick Searcy (Nell, The Fugitive) plays the Farmer—the devil personified. He delivers doubt and lies with a menacing tone. In a nod to Jesus’ forty days in the desert, Searcy’s character turns scripture on its end, tempting toward doubt and anger. With an eerie wind to back him, He snarls, “I believe I’ll get you before it’s all said and done.”
GREATER dares to ask difficult questions surrounding justice and faith. Why do bad things happen to good people? If we do everything right, shouldn’t everything to work out to our advantage? These questions aren’t brushed away with platitudes; rather, the script walks us through a lifetime of faith where the answers aren’t always seen but are still believed. We cannot escape the fight between good and evil. This is the time to remember that adversity is not what defines us; it is our response to adversity that makes the difference. The power to fight evil is discovered through faith.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. (2 Tim. 4:7, NIV)
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Photos courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment.