It would seem that Seth McCardle has been dealt a losing hand in life. After his mother died, his father abandoned him and his two young sisters. His own brother, Keith, wants nothing to do with him. He works multiple jobs trying to provide for his sisters. He is bullied daily at school by members of the football team. It couldn’t get worse.
Or could it?
When he fights back to the bullies, he is singled out for punishment and is assigned to work detail with the groundskeeper, Abel. As it turns out, Abel may be the only person on the planet that understands the struggles that young Seth faces.
Abel’s Field is a compelling story that shows that you always have a choice, even when it may seem there is none. It showcases the devastating effect alcoholism can have on a family, as well as the determination of one young man to rise above it all. The friendship between Abel and Seth, though unlikely, is believable and both are struggling with decisions they have made and that they need to make. It also emphasizes that Jesus forgives sins, and that we have to forgive ourselves.
Hubs and I enjoyed watching this movie.
That being said, I was disturbed by the fact that Seth left his sisters in the care of Abel when he barely knew them. I am a freak about who I let watch my kids, and that would never happen. It also bothered me that it wasn’t until the school offered him a full time position that they would run a background check, with fingerprints, on Abel. I don’t want anyone working with my kids, part time or not, that hasn’t submitted to a background check.
All in all, we are glad we added Abel’s Field to our DVD shelf.
***Product sample received to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.***