Kendrick's view of Christian devotion involves only trivial sacrifices and offers a gospel of self-help that masks its wider doctrinal implications.
An affluent African-American family is going through some domestic issues: Husband loses job, daughter is being ignored, mother has a foot-odour situation - the usual. The answer? Submit to a resurrected carpenter.
War Room is the most slickly made faith-based film I've seen yet in terms of production values, but that doesn't make it quote-unquote good, per se.
It's clear that the film, though proselytizing only at itself, is at least savvy enough to realize that "itself" doesn't necessarily look like Mike Huckabee or Pat Robertson.
Spirituality can be a beautiful thing to explore in cinema, but "War Room" has no interest in engaging its audience on a personal level.
By far the most slickly produced and insistently evangelical movie yet from the sibling team of Alex and Stephen Kendrick.
Much of what follows is turgid and, for non-believers, ridiculous.
It's not so much the plot or themes of the film that's the problem as the ham-fisted execution.
A Christian faith-based drama with fire, good performances and a nice luster to its look and feel, "War Room" is an engaging film that derails itself only when the story occasionally stops for protracted preaching.