IMDFilms, with sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has selected Feb. 14 for the DVD release of writer/director Shawn Justice’s The Reconciler.
This Dove Family Approved faith-based film offers a clever twist on what appears to be traditional horror/genre-themed film elements. We find two seemingly ordinary people trapped in an abandoned warehouse, who are then informed that they have enough food and water to survive roughly seven days. That sure sounds like a horror film … what comes next? Does one of then have to kill the other — like a gladiator contest — to escape?
No, it is exactly the opposite. The unseen “Reconciler” brings people together who have grievances. Not just ordinary grievances, but hate-filled issues. They have seven days (until the food runs out) to work these differences out, or, well die.
Meanwhile, the police are trying to find this “kidnapper” and the local newpaper — run by a guy name Russ (Roddy Piper) — puts a skeptical reporter, Laurie (Sherry Morris) on the case. Soon more “victims” enter the story, including a team of bickering detectives who find themselves trapped in a life-and-death situation.
The Reconciler is a clever presentation on the subject of forgiveness. And if you’ve seen other faith-based films on the subject, you can understand how deadly dull they can become as the preaching can become overwhelming. That’s not the case here as the “message” is delivered in a much more dramatic, and even thoughtful manner; refreshing.