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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

Review: Make Plans to See "Indivisible"

Director David Evans and a strong cast deliver on all fronts in this faith-based film.

Indivisible tells the true story of US Army chaplain Darren Turner, his wife Heather and their battle to save their marriage after he returns from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Justin Bruening and Sarah Drew play the couple and turn in convincing performances, no doubt benefiting from years of working together on the hit TV show Grey's Anatomy where they also played one another's love interests.

This picture seamlessly goes back and forth between the home front and the war zone in Iraq, bringing viewers into the challenges faced by both protagonists. The character arcs are teased out well as both Darren and Heather endure the building stress of war and separation, neither able to effectively communicate or understand the pressure squeezing them and their marriage.

Ironically, once home, Darren's post traumatic stress seems to push him further from his family until Heather ultimately throws him out of the house and tells him to get help. The couple ends up seeking counseling together from Darren's superior officer - Chaplain Rogers, played by Michael O'Neill, another Grey's Anatomy alum, who is nearly perfect in this role.

There are strong performances from several other actors, including Jason George, who plays the Turners' neighbor and an officer in Darren's unit, and Tia Mowry as his wife.

The film thoughtfully and realistically handles the hardships of war for both the soldiers and their families, and it reflects the doubts and anger that we believers at times confront when God's will does not match ours. Ultimately, though, both in the film and in the Turners' actual lives, their reliance on God and his love and forgiveness - lived out by them in their marriage - enables them to save the relationship.

This is a strong film without any real holes. The battle scenes are realistic and not overdone, comrades are lost and injured without needless gore and the home front scenes are on the mark, conveying moments of angst, grief, bonding and healing while avoiding mawkish caricatures. Christian Film Blog gives Indivisible an 8.5 out of 10 and recommends you go see it.


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