When I saw this film on my pile of those to review I have to admit to rolling my eyes. I was expecting another low-budget Christian themed film that was poorly done, but I have to admit it was better than I expected. Now, as it is a film starring that well-respected thespian Kevin Sorbo of Hercules fame don’t expect Shakespeare quality or you will be sorely disappointed. But if you go into it tempering your expectations and enjoying a small film where you can overlook little flaws in order to cheer for the underdog teen then it will be a pleasurable watch.
Life has not been easy so far for high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis). His mother died and his father has pretty much abandoned the family. It is now up to Seth to take care of his two young twin sisters by himself. Without an adult around Seth has to work a couple of part-time jobs in order to feed him and his sisters. School is not much of a haven either as he is the target of bullying by several football players.
This targeting leads to Seth getting in trouble and having to help the janitor, Abel (Kevin Sorbo), after school take care of the football field and install a new sprinkler system. Despite a rocky start due to Abel silence, the two end up enjoying each other’s company and forging a friendship.
There was a little cheese around the edges of the story though it was nothing that I couldn’t handle. What really carries the film is the likeability of the young actor playing Seth. Samuel Davis really turns his character into someone you want to come out on top in the end. Your heart goes out to Seth as he wants to keep what is left of his family together and is sacrificing what should be his “funnest” years to do so.
The role of Abel is also a perfect one for Kevin Sorbo in that not much dialogue is required of him. He just has to be physically imposing (check) and be able to maintain silence (check).
-From the Sidelines: The Making of Abel’s Field
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