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I’ve been following Taken By Grace on facebook and found the concept and trailer to be intriguing, so I was excited when the director approached me about reviewing the movie. I watched the movie last night, and it was exactly what I was anticipating and more.

The story is pretty simple. A young couple is camping when they’re carjacked by a just released prisoner and and forced to participate in his plan to assassinate his son’s killer. What makes this movie a riveting thriller, though, is the way it’s written. We never get more information than we need, and it’s always just enough to solicit more suspense.

The casting in this movie could not be improved. Angus MacFadyen is my new favorite actor. He plays Lucas Blackstone with the perfect mix of childlike innocence and psychopathic creepiness. Haylie Duff and Bradley Dorsey portray flawed Christians who manage to share spiritual truths without ever sounding preachy. What’s particularly impressive is that Haylie wasn’t signed on to the movie until the day before filming. How she managed to grasp her character so quickly is amazing.

Danielle Hoetmer gave a powerful performance in the closing scene. Kevin Downes and Jaiden Kaine were both convincing as detectives who patiently solved the mysterious crime. And rounding out the cast is the fun-loving touch of comedian Torry Martin as the convenience store clerk.

Fellow filmmakers will definitely want to read the behind the scenes story of the movie to fully appreciate the movie. I love to read stories like this of God’s hand at work on movies.

This is a great movie for teens and adults who want an edge of your seat thriller with a powerful story of forgiveness and grace.

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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