Starring: Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart, Tim DeKay, Ashton Holmes, and Paul Wesley
- Are answers to be found within us our from outside? What is the Biblical perspective? Does your answer depend on whether the person is a Christian or not?
- Is emptying your mind of all concerns Biblical?
- This movie says that people are not their thoughts. The Bible says that a man is how he thinks in his heart. Are these compatible?
- Do you think Nick Nolte’s character was real or a creation of Dan’s imagination?
- What do you make of the supernatural feats done in this movie by Nolte?
- Can focused perception lead to understanding people almost as well as real telepathy would?
- Should we ignore the future? Is that healthy?
- The three lessons listed during the climb up the mountain are that life is a paradox, we should have a sense of humor, and that change is constant. What do you think of these as basic life principles?
- Herodotus said, “No man steps into the same river twice.” What does this mean, and how does it relate to this movie?
- “The journey is all that matters, not the destination.” Do you agree?
- Are things like smoking and drinking only bad when they are in control of us? Which is worse, addiction or total abstinence out of fear of addiction?
- Does Nick Nolte’s character seem happy? Would you want to be him?
- “Death is not sad, the sad thing is most people don’t live at all.” What would Jesus say?
- Does competition pervert love of an activity or enhance it by pushing people? Can you enjoy competition without also succumbing to wanting to see others lose?
- “It’s how you play the game that matters, not whether you win or lose.” How does this idea fit or not with this movie? Do you agree with it?
- The core message of the movie seems to be that the results are not important, yet taking that seriously often produces great results. How can this tension be resolved? How does it relate to the idea of doing what God says in order to get the rewards and blessings which God promises to the obedient?
- The movie ends with Dan succeeding. What do you think of a movie that preaches indifference to outcomes but ends on such an emotionally rewarding victory? Would anyone care about this story if Millman had not actually come back from his injury? Is that in conflict with the message?
Overall Grade: B+ Some Christians will dislike it for good reasons, and some others will really love it for good reasons. They’re both right.