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.
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.
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.