A few weeks ago I was able to screen a copy of the new movie Indivisible, starring Sarah Drew and Justin Bruening. This movie is a story about a military chaplain, his family, his marriage, his deployment, and his faith.
INDIVISIBLE is based on the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather. With a strong, faith-filled marriage, the Turners are ready to follow their calling: serving God, family, and country.
Fresh from seminary and basic training, Chaplain Turner and his family arrive at Fort Stewart. Yet before the Turners can even unpack their new house, Darren is deployed to Iraq. Heather is left taking care of their three young children alone … as well as serving the families of the other deployed soldiers.
Despite a desire to stay connected with their loved ones, the harsh realities of war take a daily toll over the course of the Battalion’s extended deployment. Meanwhile back home, babies are born, kids keep growing, and nerves are frayed with every late-night knock on the door.
With deeply etched battle scars, the soldiers’ long-awaited homecoming is much different than any of their families anticipated. Carrying burdens the other can’t comprehend, the Turners must decide if they’re willing to face one more battle: the fight to save their marriage.
From the director of THE GRACE CARD and the studio that brought you FIREPROOF and WAR ROOM comes INDIVISIBLE, the story of one marriage … one family … under God. In theaters this fall, the movie stars Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Jason George, Tia Mowry and Madeline Carroll.
What I liked most about this movie is how they would go back and forth between the soldiers in Iraq and the families back at home. To tell the story of the soldier and their family, we need to be able to see what everyone is doing and they did that well.
Heather Turner (Sarah Drew) looks on proudly with her children (L to R) Ellie (Samra Lee), Meribeth (Abigail
Hummel) and Samuel (Lucas Boyle) during an awards ceremony in INDIVISIBLE–in theaters October 26, 2018.
(Photo courtesy of © 2018 Provident Films LLC and TheWTA Group, LLC. All rights reserved.)
There were many times during the movie, that I started to tear up. From seeing what FOB the soldiers first went to in Iraq (my husband had also been sent there) to a lot of the emotions Sarah Drew’s character felt as the spouse of a service member.
While this movie is faith-based and has that element, it is also a very military family-based too. They had many different characters who experienced the deployment to Iraq a little differently and I think a lot of military families could relate to at least one of them.
Jason George plays Michael Lewis in INDIVISIBLE–in theaters October 26, 2018. (Photo courtesy of © 2018
Provident Films LLC and The WTA Group, LLC. All rights reserved.)
That being said, this movie might be hard to watch. The movie does deal with PTSD, and what can happen in a war. It takes place in Iraq in 2007, and during that time, things were so very difficult over there. So please, keep that in mind before going into this movie.
What one service member or military spouse can handle is different from another so use your best judgment when it comes to this movie. And plan to bring your tissues if you go. You will need them.
What soldiers and military spouses go through can be so complicated and fragile. To portray them on screen isn’t easy and they might not always get everything right. I really appreciate when movie studios want to make a movie about our lives as military service members, families, and spouses. This one gives us some pretty real and raw scenes that can hit you emotionally and I feel as though they did their best to show us what one family went through during a deployment to Iraq as well as what life was like when they came back home.
L to R: The Turner family, Heather (Sarah Drew), Meribeth (Abigail Hummel), Samuel (Lucas Boyle), Darren (Justin Bruening) and Ellie (Samra Lee), pose after an awards ceremony in INDIVISIBLE–in theaters October 26, 2018. (Photo courtesy of © 2018 Provident Films LLC and The WTA Group, LLC. All rights reserved.)
If you are a fan of Grey’s Anatomy you will recognize “April” and “Matthew” and I think they work well together as a couple, no matter the setting. Jason George, who plays “Ben” is also in the movie as a fellow soldier. I loved seeing these actors again as well as other actors you might recognize, Tia Mowry, Michael O’Neill, and Eric Close.
Indivisible comes out October 26th, 2018 and hopefully will be coming to your local theater.
Have you seen Indivisible? What did you think?