“This film features dramatic inspiring moments which will move the viewer,” was the dove.org verdict. “Though there are many pertinent and accessible issues explored in this film, the storyline overall lacks the necessary continuity and driving purpose that would make this movie dynamic,” boxofficerevolution.wordpress.com opined.
A reviewer at amazon.com was not as complimentary, writing the movie was “just an average film due to its script, editing, acting and direction weaknesses.”
The real Lawrence was injured in foot pursuit of two suspects in an assault. Lawrence overtook and subdued Dantonio Terrell Foster Sr. at which point the other man, William Steele Jr., kicked the policeman in the face with such violence that the blow broke his neck, injured his spinal cord, and left him permanently disabled, according to testimony in Steele’s 2009 trial for aggravated malicious wounding.
Steele was found guilty. Lawrence, who was paralyzed from the shoulders down and told he probably would never walk again, recovered to the point he testified against Steele after entering the courtroom on foot while using a walker with assistance from family members, according to Mike Allen’s reporting.
Lawrence went on to serve in the Baptist ministry, retiring in 2017.
Anchors aweighBon voyage to former Roanoke newspaperman Mike Ives, who on Election Day was making final preparations for his annual autumnal cruise down the west coast of Florida bound for balmier ports.