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Movie review: Chariots of Fire
July 1, 2008, 12:05 am
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First of all, I need to apologize for not posting any Monday motivation. Looks like instead, it’s going to be Tuesday motivation, which isn’t as catchy, and probably won’t be very motivating, since there isn’t a whole lot of time left to write the post.

For today, I’m going to post a movie review of the second movie Christian and I have watched together thanks to Netflix. We are looking for cheap entertainment since both of us are trying to save money, and although our current Netflix plan is $9/month, now that we’re not students anymore, that’s how much it costs for one of us to go to the movies. So Netflix has been a really great investment, since we can choose the movies we want, and they generally come within 1-2 day of sending the previous one back. We both love watching movies, so this has been a really fun way to spend time together and see movies that neither of have seen.

Last weekend we went to Asheville for Christian’s best friend’s wedding. We had some free time on Saturday, so we took my laptop with me and watched Chariots of Fire.

The Academy Award winner for Best Picture in 1981, Chariots of Fire tells the story of Eric Liddell and H. M. Abrahams, two men who are very different from each other in their character, but both resolute about competing at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.

Liddell is a Christian whose family is pressuring him to go to China to continue his family’s missionary work. He wants to go, but he also wants to run. Abrahams is a Jewish man who breaks a running record at Cambridge’s Caius College. He wants glory.

The basic plot of the movie follows the two men on their journey to the Olympics. One of the main points of conflict is that Liddell refuses to participate in the 100m dash because the heats are on Sunday. The Olympic Committee tries to get him to change his mind, appealing to his love for his country and his national pride. Liddell is resolute.

“God made countries, God makes kings, and the rules by which they govern,” he says. “And those rules say that the Sabbath is His. And I for one intend to keep it that way.”

I won’t tell you how the problem is resolved, but Liddell ends up running in a different event, fulfilling his dream.

Christian and I were both a little disappointed at the ending of the movie. We wished there had been more about what Liddell did after the Olympics.

This is a family friendly movie that is not only entertaining, but teaches biblical values – keeping the Sabbath, missions, trusting God and faith. It’s two hours of worthwhile viewing.


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