“The War Within” is a powerful film! It is an allegorical story centering on one of life’s realities: death. Michael Sinclair is a Christian that is pleased that his young daughter Ellie attends church with him. Yet he is not entirely happy because his wife Amy refuses to go with them. He badgers her about her reluctance to go which results in tension and disagreements. When tragedy strikes the home, Michael allows his emotion to get the best of him. In the movie, Emotion is a character that battles with Will, the Heart, Memory, the Mind and Conscience. A wedge deepens between Amy and Michael and grows worse when he loses his job as a syndicated cartoonist and battles guilt due to an accident.
Michael accepts a job in another state and leaves with his uncertain life in turmoil. Is it too late for a miracle to occur? This movie illustrates the thought behind the Serenity Prayer very well, that some things we can change and others we must accept that we cannot. The movie is too intense for young children but is a powerful story which features strong performances by Brett Varvel as Michael, Rebecca Reid as Amy and young Ellen Henry as Ellie. “The War Within” has earned our “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and over. This dramatic movie is a powerful tool to show people who have struggled with great difficulties or loss.