This little Christian film at just 61 minutes is more “showing: rather than “telling” some important lessons on commitment, obedience, and surrender. It’s the first day on the job for Luke (Andrew J. Bullard IV) first day on the job as a security guard, and it’s a good thing he’s finally going to work because his wife Candace (Phedora Evermoore) has had enough — she accuses him of being lazy, not pulling his weight, ogling other women, and overall, dishonoring her. But Luke is confused about this, that is, until he meets his supervisor Randy (Dan Lyons), who pushes all of Luke’s buttons. Randy is grouchy, rude, and resentful, and he takes it out on those around him. Together they solve a crime, but more importantly, they discover what’s missing in their lives through each other.
These two characters are the most unlikeliest of friends, and it is comical to watch them navigate their work and personal relationships. Neither believes he has anything to learn from the other, but through a series of workplace escapades, they come to see otherwise. As they search for the thief, who is stealing pills from hospitals, they learn that humility is a key component to restoring what seems to be lost.
When Luke’s wife finally leaves him out of sheer frustration and disappointment, he quickly seeks to change his ways, and looks to Randy for help. Randy’s loss of his former career and his own wife leaves him with some wisdom to impart, as he helps Luke understand that the missing element in his life is God. Through organic discussion, prayer, and repentance both of these characters come to understand that they are unsuccessful because they are not fully submitted to God. There are touching moments that challenge the viewer to question their own day to day choices, as we see Luke’s life improve when he moves closer to God.
Access Control shows us that to have access to all that life has to offer, we have to give up control and look to God. It merits our Dove-approved Seal for All Ages.
The Dove Take
Charming and quirky, Access Control delivers a message of hope above all else: The way to victory begins by getting out of our own way.