Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Reign over Me

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Reign Over Me is about two old friends who fell out of touch and are re-united in post-9/11 New York City.
A chance run-in with an old college roommate becomes the catalyst for healing in writer/director Mike Binder's tale of friendship and understanding in post-9/11 New York. When the Twin Towers went down on that fateful morning in 2001, Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) lost everything that he had to live for. Five years have passed since Charlie lost his family, and now the once-successful and sociable man has become a withdrawn shadow of his former self. When fate brings Charlie and his former college roommate Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) together once again on a Manhattan street corner, Alan is shocked to see just how far his old friend has fallen. Though on the surface it would appear that Alan has it all, the pressures of his family and career have been weighing heavily on the successful dentist and loving father's shoulders as of late. At that pivotal moment when Charlie and Alan both need a trusted friend to help them work through the seemingly insurmountable challenges they face in life, the restorative power of a rekindled friendship provides just the lifeline needed to move forward into the future with hope and optimism

and this is my highlight and heartbreaking moment in this movie. Mr. Fineman finally faces the reality and say something to the world.

I ask myself how much I understand somebody who lost his most lovable wife or children at the sudden. No Doubt, they could not stand and bear to accept the reality. It is usual for them to deny the fact and isolate themselves from the surroundings which remind them of all he lost. As a counselor and church leader, how can I help them? Is it right Question? Let me change the Question. How can I be with them? What can I say? I am reading the book, Conneting, written by Larry Crabb. I need to connect them by the power of Jesus who can restore our wound and sorrow. But still I need something more for this solution. When I watched this movie with my wife, I could sense that my spirit shouted that I have to be a bystander for my family members and church members.

1 comment:

  1. I love this movie and had forgotten how powerful it was. I am crying thinking of the impact one human soul can have on a wounded individual. It is beautiful to see two men grow in the understanding of what it means to be intentional with each other, and connect in ways neither one imagined. I honestly think that as future counselors, one of the hardest things I am going to have to do is learn how to connect with others with appropriate boundaries. It is easy to connect with others who you can develop a friendship or relationship with, but how can we still connect with others, keep it professional, and still allow the Lord to use us to bring healing to their soul. I look forward in continuing to learn and discover what it really means to connect with our diverse future clients, in the most effective way to promote ideal functioning.


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