About Abel’s Field
AFFIRM Films/Provident Films
Releases January 22, 2013
Left motherless by tragedy and abandoned by his father, high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) faces enormous pressure as he strives to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. But fighting back only finds him singled out for punishment and assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of the reserved groundskeeper, Abel (SOUL SURFER’S Kevin Sorbo). Much to his surprise, Seth discovers that Abel may be the only one who truly understands his struggles. As dark times lure Seth toward desperate measures, the reluctant Abel may be the one person who can point him back toward the light.
My Thoughts on Abel’s Field
I was expecting a family movie, but it wasn’t – not for my family. My girls are 7 and 9 and they quickly lost interest although 2 of the characters in the movies are girls just a few years younger than they are. In my opinion, if your kids are older than mine, this movie may hold their interest better.
Seth, a high schooler, and his younger sisters are trying to make it after their dad’s abandonment and their mother’s passing. He works several jobs just to keep food on the table since they’re living in the family home. And although the local pastor is on his side, he wants nothing to do with a God that allowed his mom to die and his dad to leave him and his sister.
Abel, who has many secrets, meets Seth when they start working on the football field’s irrigation system together. After several tense meetings they become dependent upon one another.
Generally, I don’t apply “stars” to my reviews, but with this one I’d like to. I give it 3 stars out of 5. I wasn’t drawn in by the movie. I was getting there, at first, when I saw that Seth was a high schooler taking care of his younger sisters – I wanted to know the backstory. But once I understood it, it became difficult to pay attention to the movie.
I wish my review was better, but it is what it is.
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