War Room is an American Christian drama film by the Kendrick brothers. Directed by Alex Kendrick and co-written and produced by Stephen Kendrick, this faith-based film explores spirituality and preaches an ideology. Unlike their previous movies Fireproof and Courageous, which delivered messages of repentance, redemption and transformed Christianity, this movie is pretty much about the rewards and price of faith.
The plot of War Room revolves around the life of a family – Tony, Elizabeth Jordon and their daughter Danielle. Seemingly, the family have it all for living an amazing and harmonious life - Well-earning jobs, beautiful daughter and a dream house. But the appearances can be deceiving. The marriage of Tony and Elizabeth is failing and they spend little of time on Danielle. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, he turns inattentive towards Elizabeth. That is when she bumps into Miss Clara for a real estate deal. This meeting is the turning point in the movie. Played by Karen Abercrombie, Clara is portrayed as a feisty old lady who has been widowed for forty years and is preparing to sell her house. She advises Elizabeth to pray, preferable in the seclusion of a closet to save her failing marriage and family. That is where the “war room” name fits exactly to the film title. Slowly, her prayer gives fruitful results and joy is rekindled in the relationship and family.
Heavy-handed dialogues and arrant contrivances are the noteworthy features of this evangelical movie. At the same time, persuasive sincerity and emotional potency of the lead actors have succeeded to leave a great impression among the audience. Even though Elizabeth and Tony are successful in their career, they live passionless lives. But they learn a little humanity and compassion only when life takes a downturn. The movie War room depicts the irresistible power of Christian faith and showcase how it can solve the problems of our life.