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The Gospel (PG)

Release Date: October 7th, 2005 by Screen Gems.
The Cast: Boris Kodjoe, Clifton Powell, Nona Gaye, Idris Elba, Aloma Wright.
Directed by Rob Hardy.

BASIC PREMISE: David (Kodjoe), a successful R&B artist comes back to his small hometown when his father becomes ill.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This movie’s soundtrack is the most exciting and memorable part. Everything else, including the plot and characters, are all clichéd and unsurprising. The opening scene already blazes with gospel music that hooks you right in. David’s father (Powell) is a pastor at a church and, after he dies, he assigns the associate minister Frank (Elba) to be the new pastor. Frank and his gospel music immediately intimidate David. It is funny how different they are: David’s hit song is “Let me Undress You”. The plot is very predictable, along with a cheesy romance between David and a woman with a typically stubborn ex-boyfriend. The only truly refreshing and engaging scenes are the ones with the gospel music—you will want to rush to the store to buy the energetic soundtrack.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: It is inspiring for a grown man to finally come to terms with his family after years of being to busy with success. Religion is also an important part of life and, for some people like David, it is also part of his family traditions. The gospel music is truly uplifting in the way that it unites all of the church members.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Predictable plot and clichéd characters.


THE BOTTOM LINE: Despite an unoriginal and unsurprising plot, the gospel music is exciting enough to make the film moderately engaging.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)

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