The film follows Bob Collins, a husband and father with two children and a business partner with his younger bother. Bob and his brother Seth are about to open an antiques store, that was previously owned by the sheriff’s brother, who has two trouble making sons, Snake and Matty. Snake and Matty recruit a driver name Jake, who has a wife and two children. The choices of Snake and Matty leave Bob with bitterness in his heart and gives up on God and sends Jake on a downward spiral down the wrong road. Can Jake turn his life around and and will Bob choose love over hate, forgiveness over revenge? Or will they both continue down Gallows Road?
This is a low budget film, but don’t let that put you off, it is very well made, the direction and cinematography add to the tension and drama with a storyline that will grip you and take you on a journey through various twists and turns, and at times leaving you on the edge of your seat.
The film features and great cast and in particular Ernie Hudson, Bill McAdams Jr, Kevin Sorbo and Rett Terrell bring great performances and carry the story well, with their emotions, anger, questions and spiritual searching and advice.
This film has the potential to open up discussions and would work well for a men’s movie outreach or a film night with friends. Through the themes and storyline, the subjects of racism, faith and forgiveness are woven in, but not preachy, making it open and accessible to even the hardest of hearts.
Overall Gallows Road is a gripping and entertaining film that does bring across the theme of forgiveness, can we forgive when something terrible happens, would we seek revenge, or would we forgive as Jesus forgave us?