1500 Steps is a transformational drama about running the race God has set before us.
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1500 Steps is a 2015 Australian Christian film directed by Josh Reid. It was published by Bridgestone Multimedia Group and tells the story of Jobe o’Brien, a runner with a difficult home life who struggles with his relationship with God. If you’re interested in finding out more about this film after our review, you can find it on our website at www.fishflix.com.
“1500 Steps” is a transforming journey toward self-belief and brilliance. A cross between “Chariots of Fire” and “The Karate Kid,” this high school drama is set in the beautiful, Sydney beach suburb of Cronulla. Jonas “Jobe” O’Brien, a homely sixteen-year-old, lives in a struggling single-parent family. His mother is dead, his father is an alcoholic who was once a champion runner. Jobe, a misfit and loner, has inherited his father’s athletic ability and love for running. After a fatal mistake at a party, Jobe seeks revenge against the perpetrator as an emotion and power wells within him that he has never experienced before. A retired ex-Olympian, Harry White, sets about mentoring Jobe’s athletic ability when by chance he sees him run. It is now up to Harry White to encourage Jobe to dig deep and decide what type of man he wants to become. This is a touching coming-of-age story.
1500 Steps is an enjoyable Australian film that truly has an encouraging and uplifting message. When we meet Jobe, we begin to see what very rough life he has. His father is an alcoholic, his mom has passed away, and it seems that there’s no way to pull himself out of his difficult situation. He doesn’t know where to find hope and while he tries to cling to a belief in God, there comes a point where he simply gives up, believing that God hasn’t helped him with anything.
This whole movie is really an analogy to the lesson found in 2 Timothy 4 about running the race. In this passage, Paul talks about how our lives are essentially a race, an endurance battle. And what matters is that we keep our momentum and finish strong, having fought the fight and having finished the race. In the story of Jobe in this movie, we see that his life has a whole lot of ups and a whole lot of downs. But when he begins to find his hope in Christ, he begins to stand strong against the storms in his lfie.
As a runner, he understands endurance and the need to go on even through the tough times. When he begins to apply that to his life, he begins to experience a revolutionary transformation that reshapes his life. He is able to endure and stand strong against everything going on in his life.
This is an important message for all to hear, and I really appreciated the sincerity behind this film. While it certainly has a lower budget and some scenes really begin to show that, it has an important message and a very inspiring soundtrack.
Overall, I liked this film and found it to have great heart and an excellent message. I’d highly recommend you check it out.
This movie has a couple of issues keeping it from being entirely family-friendly, including a few instances of violence, sexual themes, and several scenes involving alcoholism and drug use. We always like to follow the Dove Foundation which approves this movie for ages 12 and up. But as always, we recommend that you watch the movie first and decide if it’s appropriate for your particular family.
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