When tragedy strikes, four Albany officers bring the courage they use daily in the field home to their families. When these men band together and vow to protect and serve their families as their faith directs, they face hard decisions and new priorities. “Courageous”, from the director of “Fireproof”, follows these men as they walk their toughest beat–fatherhood.
According to the Department of Justice, 85 percent of children who display behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. This and similar statistics have an effect on the fathers in the movie. After personally witnessing the consequences of fatherless youth through the crime in their community, these men discover a need to change their own parenting practices. “Courageous” is an emotional portrayal of their journey that captivates audiences. Sniffles and laughter echo through the dark theater throughout the film. This movie exceeds “Fireproof” in both humor and heartstring tests. It was interesting to see how the storyline followed these men who witness first-hand the problems that can result from poor parenting in the criminal activities they combat as they take a difficult look inward at their own fathering styles. The action scenes were strategically woven into the emotional storyline about making commitments and facing fears, creating a story enjoyable for both men and women.
From the male perspective, the movie was a happy surprise. Cadet Cody Wood said, “I was certain ‘Courageous’ would be another one of my girlfriend’s ‘chick-flicks.’ The movie sucked me into the story and kept my attention even though I entered the theater reluctantly.” The opening scene is an action-packed beginning to a film that balances action, comedy, and drama beautifully. “The movie keeps its focus on fathers and families and how they can trust God for guidance. It had good law enforcement action scenes, made me laugh, and even tear up at times. I loved the movie, and I’m convinced that it is a must-see for fathers,” said Wood. “As someone entering the law enforcement field and from a law enforcement family, I believe that officers can become engrossed in the job to the point where family is neglected. It’s nice to see a movie that recognizes the issue and tackles the problem from a perspective of faith.”
For those of us in law enforcement, we often witness the negative effects of poor parenting on the lives of criminals, victims, and the community. It is never easy to admit that we sometimes give our careers our best while settling for “good enough” at home. “Courageous” is a great movie not only for law enforcement families, but also for families everywhere with enough action to satisfy the men and a great plot that appeals to women.