Running for Grace is a captivating, wonderfully told and beautifully gripping story that encourages us not to give up and to keep on hoping.
The film follows the story of Jo, an orphan boy of mixed race, shunned by the villagers in 1920’s Hawaii. Jo can run like the wind and upon meeting the newly arrived white village doctor, he begins bringing the doctors medicine to the coffee pickers throughout the mountainous region. The doctor takes on the role of a father figure and mentors the young boy in medicine. On an errand Jo meets the daughter of the plantation owner and a young love blossoms. However when a new and unprofessional doctor arrives in the village, Jo faces some tough challenges.
Running for Grace is brilliantly produced and directed by David L. Cunningham, the story is wonderful and coupled with some stunning Hawaii locations and strong cinematography.
Though set in the 1920’s, the film has a modern thrilling pace. The story is a gripping, emotional and beautiful love story, with many twists and turns that will have you running alongside Jo and cheering him on as he clings onto hope. Jo is fantastically brought to life by Ryan Potter, alongside great performances from Matt Dillon and Jim Caviezel.
The film is very accessible to all and will encourage many to keep hoping and not to give up. It has been created by a Christian and has a strong Christian worldview with themes of adoption, identity, family, love and hope woven through the movie without mentioning Christianity or faith directly but could easily be seen as a modern day parable.
Overall Running for Grace is an enjoyable, dramatic and captivating watch with a wonderful, well made story that brings through powerful themes of adoption, family, love and hope. This is a film not to be missed.