“Redemption of the Heart” is a fantastic film, inspiring, and tells a remarkable story. A couple of young men, Alex Montoya (Crister De Leon) and Daniel De La Cruz (David Morales), are scammers who have hatched a plot to bilk churches of money by telling the churches that the funds are going to mission work. Alex had been raised by Christian parents, but his father, a pastor, had been mistreated and is now deceased. Alex has never forgotten how his dad was treated by a fellow clergyman.
But things change when Alex meets Elaine Tellez (Melissa Dixon), a Christian woman who he is attracted to and begins dating—until she learns of Alex’s scheming. When Alex is finally arrested by FBI agents, Pastor Jacob (Joe Lambert) takes pity on him and convinces the other pastors to drop the charges if he takes Alex under his wing and works with him. Alex has to pay the churches back and apologize. He also finds God and his life dramatically changes. Soon Alex works on Daniel, who has been captured and put in prison. As Jacob moves to another ministry, Alex takes on his role and secures a release for Daniel and takes him under his wing. Just as everything appears great, an unexpected event leaves Elaine in tears. But God has a surprise ending for Elaine, an ending that will dry her tears.
“Redemption of the Heart” features a strong performance by Crister De Leon as Alex, and is a tightly written and directed story: all lean with no fat! Its themes include forgiveness, offering opportunities for second chances, and a reminder that God is with us when everything looks bad. We are pleased to award this movie our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages twelve plus. “Redemption of the Heart” soars and lifts the spirit.