Movie Review

tells a soldier’s story

“Indivisible,” now in theaters nationwide, is based on the true story of U.S. Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather. They are the only active duty military family to have a film made about them. At the beginning of the movie, the Turners, with their strong, faith–filled marriage, are ready to follow a call to ministry—serving God, family, and country. But they soon learn how complicated military service truly is.

Fresh from seminary and basic training, Turner and his family arrive at Fort Stewart. Yet, before they can even settle into their new house, Darren is deployed to Iraq. Heather is left to take care of three young children—as well as serve the families of the other deployed troops.

Despite a desire to stay connected with their loved ones, the harsh realities of war take a daily toll on the battalion. Back at home, mothers give birth, kids grow, and nerves fray with every late–night knock on the door.

The soldiers’ long–awaited homecoming is different than any of their families anticipated. Carrying burdens and battle scars their loved ones fail to comprehend, the troops essentially return different than when first deployed. The Turners must decide if they’re willing to face one more epic battle: the fight to save their marriage.

“Beyond being a movie about war and the military, it’s about how to make your marriage stronger,” said David Evans, director and co–writer. “There is no challenge that we face as husband and wife that is too big [for God].”

Heather Turner said, “We fully trusted [the studio] to tell the story in a way that would honor the Lord. It feels strange that it’s our story that’s being highlighted because it is such a common story for many people.”

Said Darren Turner, “A strong family will produce a strong soldier. But a struggling family will produce a struggling soldier. However, we want people to know that there is hope beyond this crisis that you are in.”

“For soldiers to see their chaplain mess up, gives them permission to admit that they need help too,” said Heather.

“Indivisible” stars Sarah Drew as Heather (Grey’s Anatomy, Moms Night Out), who is also the film’s executive producer; Justin Bruening as Darren (Grey’s Anatomy, Hawaii Five–O); Jason George as Michael Lewis (Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Station 19, Sunset Beach); Tia Mowry as Tonya Lewis (Sister, Sister; The Game); and Madeline Carroll as Amanda Bradley (I Can Only Imagine). It’s supported by the Kendrick Brothers Studio, which produced “War Room,” “Fireproof,” and “Courageous.”

by Warren L. Maye

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“As a retired Army chaplain, watching ‘Indivisible’ was like experiencing reality for me, because I lived through much of what it portrayed. I cried at numerous points in ‘Indivisible,’ because the movie tapped into my emotions, experiences, and the tragedies I have experienced and personally helped many soldiers work through. ‘Indivisible’ was indeed true to life, reflecting the experiences of tens of thousands of soldiers. I highly recommend ‘Indivisible’ to all military personnel, and to every family, church, synagogue, mosque, or organization — secular or religious.”

—Chaplain Major James F. Linzey
USA retired, founding president,
Military Bible Association

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