To be honest, I’m not sure why I was so keen on seeing this movie. I’m not a big fan of the actor who plays the main character and anything that focuses too much on religion is not usually my thing. So, I decided to branch out and try something new. The anticipation surely built up over time as well because I had to wait even longer for it to arrive on demand. At least it was worth the wait!
Jeremy Camp (K. J. Apa) an aspiring music star, moves to California so he can attend a special school in order to help and perfect his craft. Coming from a humble family who scrape by on what they can, he is a fish out of water in his new surroundings.
Enter Melissa Henning (Britt Roberston). Jeremy spots her in the crowd at one of his gigs and the rest is history. He falls completely head over heels for someone he barely knows and vows to do whatever he can to make her his. However, Melissa is adamant that she will focus on her studies this year and have no romantic entanglements. Still Jeremy is persistent and while they begin to spend more time together, Melissa finds herself falling right back.
But this is not your typical happy go lucky romance story. In fact, it is the complete opposite. Melissa has a secret and it is one that could upend both her life and Jeremy’s. Before he knows it, he is forced to decide what is truly important to him, his family and above all, his faith.
Based on the true story of Jeremy Camp’s life, this movie is a tearjerker that had me sobbing long after the credits stopped rolling. The extreme selflessness and love that Jeremy depicts throughout all the obstacles that are thrown at him is inspiring and touching. I had no idea that these events actually happened. This only had a stronger impact on me while watching.
Despite me not liking one of the celebrities, even I have to admit that he did a brilliant job at portraying the young musician. It was refreshing to see Apa in a role outside of Riverdale and to witness his range. The rest of the cast consisting of Melissa Roxburgh as Melissa’s sister Heather, Nathan Parsons as fellow Christian star Jean-Luc La Joie and even Shania Twain as Mrs. Camp were also perfect in their roles.
I’m not lying when I say that I was worried about the heavy religious influences, but it actually didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. The most important thing was the story and how beautiful it was. Love sometimes really is all you need.