New faith-based film, “Virtuous,” seeks to inspire women to live Proverbs 31 life

VirtuousErik Estrada stars in “Virtuous,” a new faith-based film created to inspire women to live out the principles of Proverbs 31 in modern day culture.

When college-student Simone Burner (singer/songwriter Brandy Allison) is accused of murdering the man who assaulted her, she seeks out the help of attorney Jack Evans (Erik Estrada of “CHiPs” fame)—an attorney who is still grieving over his deceased daughter—to prove her innocence. A ruthless and corrupt prosecutor engages her in a trial that brings to the forefront the past she’s longed to escape.
In addition to Allison, the film boasts a female-led cast that includes Angelita Nelson (“Courageous”), Erin Bethea (“Fireproof”), Vanessa Ore (“My Name is Paul”), Bonnie Johnson (“Big Fish”), Sandra Elise Williams (“The Shunning”) and Jessica Lynch. The story takes viewers on a journey through the battlefields of Afghanistan, to an American news studio, to a home for troubled girls and a hometown church, revealing God’s transformative love and grace in each situation.

“Virtuous” is a film with its heart in the right place but, with a 2-hour run time, it is about 30 minutes too long. There were too many storylines to try to resolve, too many plot holes that didn’t make sense and some scenes that were completely unbelievable. It would have benefited from a more judicious edit. Across the board, the acting—while serviceable—was uneven. Kyra O’Bryon (Conquering the Rose) and Sandra Elise Williams—both in supporting roles–turned in the most believable performances.

“Virtuous” was produced by JC Films, Tri-Rahn Pictures and Rock Springs Church. It was directed by Bill Rahn, written by Jason Campbell and Tara Marcelle. It is another entry into the emerging ‘church film’ genre that will likely be embraced by the church crowd but I suspect it will be pretty much ignored by rest of the home viewing market.

Not rated by the MPAA, “Virtuous” releases to DVD June 2.

For church screenings and other resources visit the  “Virtuous” film website.