A scene from the film Courageous.
A scene from the film Courageous. Contributed

Congregations flock to the movies

A NEW Christian movie has proven to be a smash hit at the Redbank cinemas.

Courageous, a film produced by a United States movie-making Baptist Church, profiles four male police officers and the family challenges they face.

Crossroads Pastor Keith Pellicaan said his whole congregation attended a Sunday screening of the film.

"People are really excited about it, it was a really action-packed but emotional movie," Mr Pellicaan said.

Pastor Pellicaan, who conducts services in the Reading Cinemas every Sunday morning, said popular culture focussed too much on negative messages.

"There's a lot of good movies, but there's also a lot of bad movies, and the media has a very powerful effect on people," Mr Pellicaan said.

"These sort of movies give a bit of hope to people.

"A lot of men struggle with identity, and this movie gives them a message about what sort of person they should be."

Mr Pellicaan said the movie would also appeal to the wider population.

"It isn't overly religious, and it's pretty action-packed, so it'll keep people on the edge of their seats, but it'll also cause a few tears," Mr Pellicaan said.

A Reading Cinema spokeswoman said that while Christian movies were rare, they often drew large crowds.



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