Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Movie Review: The Torchlighters ~ Jim Elliot and Corrie Ten Boom

"The year was 1956. From the steamy jungles of Ecuador, news spread around the world that five young American men were mercilessly killed by members of the Auca tribe (now known as the Waodani)--a people those young men had gone to serve and befriend. That seemingly senseless tragedy a half century ago has become an inspirational marvel as that same tribe is now friends with the families of those they killed! This is the story of one of those brave torchlighters--Jim Elliot.

Jim Elliot spent his youth preparing to share the Gospel with those who'd never heard it. But nothing could have prepared him for the dangers and challenges he'd face in the jungles of Ecuador. The remote Auca tribe was suspicious and antagonistic toward even the most friendly of gestures from outsiders. Would Jim and his fellow missionaries ever be able to break down the hostile barriers and carry a torch of faith to this savage people determined to attack all outsiders?

In this inaugural Torchlighters episode we follow Jim's adventures from his college years to his work in the jungles, showing young people his faith in action as he answers God's call to do the seemingly impossible."

"Corrie ten Boom and her family are masters of their craft; they repair broken watches and return them safely to their owners. But as the evil of World War II sweeps through their city, a new kind of 'watch' comes to their care: an innocent Jewish baby, desperately needing protection from the cruelty of the new Nazi regime. How will the ten Booms keep this baby and many others out of harm's way, and what will be the cost of serving God amidst unthinkable evils? When faith is tested, hope is tried, and love is strained, will Corrie's God prevail? See her amazing story of courage, sacrifice, and forgiveness anew through this gripping episode of The Torchlighters."


Having watched and enjoyed several of Torchlighters' films with my younger siblings, I jumped at the opportunity to celebrate their 10th anniversary by reviewing two of their films: The Jim Elliot Story and The Corrie Ten Boom Story. These films provided the perfect opportunity for a couple of FMNs (Family Movie Night). Although Torchlighters films are geared towards 8-12 year olds, the whole family––no matter the age––will enjoy them. What I love most about these films is their clean, entertaining, and informative nature. Why not be inspired by the lives of real-life Christians on a FMN? The hearts of you and your children will be touched by these films, because these stories are not "make believe" . . . they are real. (I literally teared-up during The Corrie Ten Boom Story despite the fact that I have read two of her books and watched The Hiding Place movie multiple times––her story, especially, is that powerful.)

Both films are approximately 30 minutes in length, so it does feel rather short (for an adult). Because of their length, only the major highlights of the respective person's life is included--but the Special Features provided more information that I greatly enjoyed. Since The Jim Elliot Story is Torchlighters first film, it has a lower video quality than The Corrie Ten Boom Story which is one of their more recent films. Overall, though, the video quality is good and the animations are fun, cute, and sufficient enough to portray the stories. Torchilghters was wise in their choices of which life-moments to highlight and even managed to sprinkle in some humor so that the movies were captivating and clearly showed how Jim Elliot and Corrie Ten Boom lived out the Gospel. Neither you nor your children will get bored watching these films! (Plus, you'll leave edified––what's there to lose?)

I highly recommend the Torchlighters films for young and old alike. I am a passionate advocate of entertaining yet clean and spiritually edifying novels and this passion reflects in my movie choices, as well––that's the reason I deviated a little from the CBRB normal and took the time to get you acquainted with these wonderful, family-oriented films (well, that and the fact that I wanted to watch them myself;) 

And GUESS WHAT? I have for you an exclusive promo code that'll knock $10.00 off the Torchlighters 12-pack Box Set! The original retail price is $99.99, but Vision Video offers the 12-pack for $59.99. However, with this promo code, you'll receive 12 DVDs for $49.99––that's $4.16 per DVD! You could seriously schedule in 12 Family Movie Nights knowing that you'll be spending quality time with your family AND enjoying captivating, inspiring, and edifying movies with them. (No, I am not being compensated for this:) 

Exclusive Promo Code: tl12ahsj

** Code will expire on June 1, 2015. Promo Code will only work on the Torchlighters 12 pack (item #501631d).  A $10 discount will show on the cart summary on the bottom of the page.  You can also call (800-523-0226) to order as long as you mention the promo code.

If you have watched any of the Torchlighters films, which story is your favorite? For those who have not watched any, which story would you and/or your children enjoy most? Whose story  would you like Torchlighters to highlight next (for example, I would love a film on my favorite missionary, Mary Slessor)?

** Thanks to Believers Trust for providing The Jim Elliot Story and The Corrie Ten Boom Story free in exchange for my honest review, which I have given

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