'War Room' focuses on the power of prayer


ALBANY — The wait is almost over for Southwest Georgians wishing to see the first film product of Kendrick Brothers Productions.

"War Room" focuses on the power of prayer through the eyes of a family that needs it. In the film, Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, seem to have it all — great jobs, a beautiful daughter and their dream home. In reality, they are not as lucky as they appear. The couple's world is crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage, Tony basks in professional success and flirts with temptation while Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness.

Their lives take a turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a "war room" as well as a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony's hidden struggles come to light — and he must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove that victories don't come by accident.

The film is the first to be made by Kendrick Brothers Productions since the company was formed in 2013. Under Sherwood Pictures, Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick — while serving as pastors at Sherwood Baptist Church — were involved in the production of "Flywheel" (2003), "Facing the Giants" (2006), "Fireproof" (2008) and "Courageous" (2011).

The brothers, while not on salary anymore, still minister and are active with Sherwood while traveling, speaking and working on movies. Praying about the next step has preceded every part of the movie-making process for the Kendricks.

That, and the belief that prayer can cure any ill, prompted the subject matter for "War Room," Alex Kendrick said in an Aug. 4 interview with The Albany Herald.

"We spent a season of prayer after 'Courageous' came out, just asking God what we should do next," the film's director said. "After about a year of praying, we felt prompted to focus on prayer and remind the church to return to prayer. Jesus said that my house should be a house of prayer. He did not say it should be a house of programs."

While not against church programs, Alex Kendrick said to The Herald that they alone are not enough to equip God's followers for battle.

"We called it 'War Room' because, like the military, we should seek God for the right strategy before going into combat," he said. "By combat, I mean daily issues we face in our culture."

The four prior films have made a combined $78 million in the domestic box office, and the production budget for the movies increasing after each release. Figures from Box Office Mojo show that "War Room" was made with a production budget of $3 million, $1 million more than its most recent predecessor.

The cast includes Priscilla Shirer, a widely known speaker and Bible teacher, as Elizabeth. T.C. Stallings, who was in "Courageous," plays Tony, and Alex Kendrick — who was on the cast of "Facing the Giants," "Moms' Night Out" and "Courageous" — plays Coleman Young in the film. Karen Abercrombie from "My Name is Paul" and "Mountain Top" portrays Miss Clara.

Tony and Elizabeth's daughter, Danielle Jordan, is played by professional acting newcomer Alena Pitts. Comedian Michael Jr. plays Michael and Beth Moore, who has a televised Bible study on "Life Today with James and Betty Robison," portrays Mandy in the film.