Rusty Wright: ‘A Father’s Legacy’ Movie Review

‘A Father’s Legacy’ movie poster.

Did you ever want to feel valued by someone special?  Or mourn losing a loved one?  Ever wish you could undo past decisions or take back hurtful words?  Maybe you know the right thing to do, but lack courage to do it.  The complex characters in A Father’s Legacy may resonate with you.

Starring Jason Mac (Vampire DiariesCriminal Minds) and Tobin Bell (SawMississippi Burning), this film presents an intense, sometimes edgy story about life’s relational challenges.  Mac, who also wrote and directed, calls the project intensely personal:

“This film was born out of one of the most difficult times in my life.  My father was my protector; a guardian I knew would always be there, and then one day he wasn’t. The loss forced me to look inside and really explore what it was to be a father. Too many young men have no male role model growing up, so I hope that becomes a lesson and learning from this film.”

Bad choices, new career

Nick (Mac) has made some bad choices.  With a pregnant young wife and rocky marriage, he’s exploring a career in robbery.  Running from the law, he encounters Billy (Bell), a curmudgeonly, elderly recluse with a complicated past, living in a secluded house in a forest.

If you were Billy, you’d be startled, too, when pistol-brandishing Nick bursts into your home demanding refuge…and bleeds on your couch.  Billy provides bandages for Nick’s bullet wounds – new career souvenirs – while assessing his own survival prospects.

In a pivotal moment, Nick falls asleep and Billy starts to flee, then reconsiders and stays to care for Nick.  The two – ever so cautiously – begin to interact.

Real-life struggles

Fears and hurts emerge – raw and foreboding.  Will anger, bitterness and guilt make way for redemption and restoration?  Can transparency and authenticity lead to hope?

I won’t spoil the outcome for you, but their gripping personal struggles mirror real life: Parental neglect and abandonment, loneliness, marital strife, infidelity, death, rage, regret, repair.

“I don’t trust anybody,” affirms disillusioned Nick.  “I don’t like people,” admits Billy.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service

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