DVD Release: June 14, 2019


After two marines make it home following an ISIS interrogation, one struggles to survive while the other fights his way back into the mixed martial arts world that he left behind years ago … looking for a fight worth living for.

Dove Review

Fighting. In the film, it is surely representative of so much more than the surface of bare knuckles and bloodied leftover pulp of humanity. Sometimes it is the measurement of what we fight for, or even whom. Sometimes our fights externalize; sometimes they manifest from within.

Blackbear demonstrates the duality of fighting, from Blackbear’s (Scott Pryor) fights in the ring to Cowboy’s (Darrin Dewitt Henson) medical struggles. Both pave a narrative line of the price of fighting, what is at stake for themselves and for others. Viscerally, the film paints its portrait with no nonsense.

As faith-based films go, one wonders about redemption via violence. As aforementioned, fighting and action can prove concrete and visual form of struggle that audiences can see and instantly respond to. Yet on the same wavelength, do these messages inherently encourage violence in a faithful portrait? Blackbear clearly takes the hard road down the walk of faith, but some may find questionable that blood and broken bones are the height of communicating struggle and redemption.

The Dove Take

The case is made clear that this is a film intended for faith-oriented audiences. It may prove divisive in its messages. In the end, the film is not suitable for its level of content, and regrettably cannot be awarded with Dove Approval.

Content Description

Faith: Doctor and friend make attempts to encourage patients to read the Bible; character reads from the Bible in climactic moments.
Integrity: Characters struggle with varying degrees of PTSD, drug use, and past sins.
Sex: None
Language: Minor name-calling
Violence: Scenes of combat—shooting, blood; menace/threat of torture; fighting including kicking, punching, blood is shown; rough martial arts fighting
Drugs: Injections during an interrogation scene; characters use heroin; character takes prescription medicine; character drinks from a flask
Nudity: Shirtless men fighting
Other: None


Company: Gravitas Ventures
Writer: Scott Pryor
Director: J.M. Berrios
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Rory P.