Indivisible (2018)

My fiancĂ©e suggested this Pure Flix film to watch, so that’s just what we did. This drama is based on the true story of Darren Turner, a chaplain in the U.S. Army who is shipped to Iraq in the late 2000s and struggles to balance his duties to his family and his country. Former GREY’S ANATOMY co-stars Justin Bruening and Sarah Drew star as Darren and his wife Heather.

If you know about my stance on “Christian films,” then you know where I stand about a film’s ability to incorporate an inspiring message of faith into a solid, well-written story. INDIVISIBLE, for the most part, actually manages to do just that. It mainly focuses on the many struggles, both on the battlefield and on the home front, which millions of military families have had to deal with, yet it does so here while being very authentic about the people they’re portraying and never neglecting how much the characters’ faith plays into their lives.

The perils of war and its aftermath are balanced out with touching and uplifting moments which further heighten the emotion. Although some of the dialogue is clearly meant for audiences like myself who are already Christian, this film is still able to keep its faith-based message without being preachy or hamfisted about it, effectively broadening its appeal.

Overall, this was very nicely crafted and even those of us who cannot attest to a life influenced by military service should still be able to enjoy this inspiring human drama.

This review is dedicated to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, whose service and sacrifice to our great nation will forever be appreciated. They truly are the epitome of what it means to #BeBrave.