Midrange – Movie Review

Midrange is a sports movie about a popular college basketball player who’s trying to make it to the pros. It’s somewhat edgy, a little gritty, and very much focused on basketball. I am in no way edgy nor gritty and know next to nothing about sports and the whole process of drafting for professional basketball. With that said, even though I live in a completely different world from the characters, I still enjoyed the movie. If I were more knowledgeable about sports, I’m sure I could have appreciated it even more.

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Midrange is the story of one young man’s search for identity and finding the courage to break free from the party life he grew up with and live a life more in keeping with his new faith. It’s a powerful story of the struggle between doing what’s easy and doing what’s right.

Midrange is nothing like any other movie I’ve seen. It doesn’t feel like a typical faith-based film. The writing, cinematography, acting, everything has a more indie feel. There’s drinking, drugs, and sex. And yet, it’s all handled discreetly and not glamourized in any way. It has more scripture quoting than a Sherwood movie and yet it doesn’t come across as preachy. It feels real. I honestly felt as I watched it that I was getting a glimpse into what it’s like to grow up as a nonChristian and see things the way the world sees things.

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A bonus feature of Midrange is that it includes a number of professional ball players in the cast. How cool will that be when impressionable young kids watch the movie and see their heroes sharing a godly message?

I thought the movie was very well done and was even more impressed when I discovered that this was the first film for writer/director/star actor Jason Fields. What talent to be able to pull off such a feat with such skill on a first attempt.

Midrange is a perfect movie for youth groups and college groups who want something that’s not going to sugar coat the gospel. It would be great for inner city ministries for a movie that the kids can actually connect with. I’m excited to see how God is going to use this movie to speak in a powerful way to kids who are desperately searching for meaning and direction in their lives.

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