Wed, 11 Jan 2012 - 6:48 PM CST
Stanley Walters has lost it all. His son was killed in an accident two years ago, and his writing career and marriage have spiraled downwards ever since. When his wife Lisa is given an old brass oil lamp, it unleashes a strange, toast-crunching messenger who attempts to convince the Walters to believe in a miracle. As Stanley and Lisa attempt to believe the message of hope they've been given, two foster children living next door help Stanley to find freedom and forgiveness for the guilt he feels over his son's death. With impassioned and convincing acting and a stellar performance by Lou Gossett, Jr., "The Lamp" will challenge and inspire audiences of teens and adults. This reviewer thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the resolution of the story lines.
Pros: A positive portrayal of a couple in crisis working through their problems and making their relationship whole again. A realistic depiction of the challenges of children in foster care.
Cons: Scenes of severe marital discord and fighting. Two instances of suggestive adult behavior (one within the marriage, one of a woman being encouraged to cheat on her spouse). Wine is served at a dinner. A genie acting as God's messenger without biblical support.
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.