|'Paradise' mystery raises questions of faith|
|Written by Staff|
|Monday, 07 December 2009 03:30 PM America/New_York|
End-times disappearance drama offers an outreach tool for churches
Mix Groundhog Day with the "Left Behind" series and you might end up with In the Blink of an Eye (8-93261-00185-1, $19.95), a thriller from Pure Flix Entertainment that released last month.
The 85-minute end-times drama stars David A.R. White as a detective plunged into a recurring nightmare when his wife and friends disappear during a dream vacation. Unraveling links with the crime underworld, the cop is also forced to investigate his personal beliefs and recognize that earthly paradise is only temporary.
The film was shot in March on a 120-foot yacht in Mexico's Sea of Cortez and saw White wearing several hats. As well as taking the lead role, he helped write and produce the movie, which also features his wife, Andrea Logan White.
In the Blink of an Eye also reunited White with Eric Roberts (L.A. Confidential, The Dark Knight), with whom he appeared in 2000's well-received Christian drama Mercy Streets.
"He has told me that he really likes doing films that he knows his daughter can watch," White said of Roberts' recurring involvement in Christian-themed films.
Like Roberts, White enjoyed mainstream acting success before appearing in and producing faith-based movies, spending four years in the cast of Burt Reynolds' TV series Evening Shade. In recent years the one-time Moody Bible Institute student who quit school to pursue a career in Hollywood has devoted himself full time to Christian filmmaking, helping found Pure Flix Entertainment.
"We make these films primarily to encourage the church, first and foremost, and for them to use as outreach tools," White said.
But In the Blink of an Eye "will have some crossover appeal for the suspense and the action."
In the Blink of an Eye is distributed by EMI CMG Distribution. To order, go to www.emicmgdistribution.com or call 800-877-4443.