Movie Review: Indivisible

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

School children still recite this pledge every morning at the beginning of their day; it is a cherished memory for me. The movie Indivisible focuses on that particular element of what it means to be an American…indivisible, incapable of being divided. How we need to return and remember this lesson.

Indivisible in another Pure Flix movie that tells the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather, of the soldiers and their families who serve and sacrifice for the United States. Darren and Heather are on a mission, he to shepherd and minister to combat soldiers in Iraq, she to support and encourage their families left behind. As he prepares to leave for his first deployment in May 2007, their faith and enthusiasm are bright and shiny, filled with energy and hope. Darren is confident he is going to make a real difference in the lives of the men and Heather will nurture the families, making the time pass quickly and with ease.

Darren has never seen combat and his first day in Iraq is a jarring dose of reality when the body of a dead child is thrust into his arms. Who is ever prepared for the truth of war, of death and anguished dying, of maimed bodies, traumatized spirits, and seared minds? He quickly realizes he is going to need more than cheerful words and Bible verses to help the men.

Meanwhile, the realities of single parenting hit Heather and the other wives. The days are longer and harder than they could have imagined. Children get sick and injured, pregnancy tests come back positive, the hot water heater bursts, money is tight. Tensions increase on both sides of this war.

Darren becomes war hardened dodging bullets and bombs, praying over young men crying for their mothers and wives in their final moments. His hands and his faith tremble as his love for his men deepens. Glory penetrates the dust and shrapnel when his favorite young soldier friend comes to Christ and is baptized in a galvanized water trough. If Darren can see his men through and safely home again his mission will have been a success. But, war is no respecter of what is fair; it is indifferent to the knock on the door that notifies a family their loved one is lost. By the time the Battalion returns home lives and limbs have been lost and marriages are on the rocks.

Heather thinks now that Darren is home all will be well. However, even men of God, men loved by God, can be damaged and wounded. Darren is racked with PTS and he is unable to separate from his men; they have become indivisible. He nearly loses his marriage and family before he seeks help, to truly find his way back home, as God slowly mends his brokenness. He and Heather find renewed focus and a stronger, more realistic view of the ministry they have been called to. Today the Turners live in North Carolina where Darren is still in active duty and together they minister to military families.

Indivisible is rated PG-13 for violent scenes of war. The timing of the movie coincided with Veterans Day and is a good reminder that we never forget those who serve our country so well. My Uncle Bud was an Army Chaplain during the Korean and Viet Nam wars. I have a better understanding of what he went through but, sadly, I’m too late to tell him.

~ Cheryl Kurtz

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