Reviewed by Nora St. Laurent
Seven Days in Utopia
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"...a fun filled quality movie the whole family can enjoy."
ISAIAH 30:21 “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
This Scripture is in the opening credits as Robert Duvall says, “There is something about golf that messes with a man’s soul.” The book starts out the same way. In an effort to escape the pressures of his tournament disaster, Luke Chisolm speeds off looking for peace. He comes to a fork in the road. He slows down then thinks about which way to turn. He passes a sign that says, “Utopia – Population 373!” He makes his move.
Luke see’s he’s come upon a ranch filled with animals. As he’s admiring the animals he doesn’t see the bull in front of his car. He quickly turns to avoid the animal and crashes through fences and smashes his head and this car.
Luke gets out of his vehicle, head bleeding and kicks the car. It’s a great conclusion to Lukes’ horrible no good very bad day. What made him think he could out run his problems? Now look where it’s gotten him. He’s stuck in the middle of nowhere.
In rides Robert Duvall, (who plays Johnny in the movie) on a beautiful horse checking to see if Luke is alright. Johnny takes him into town for medical help. Luke walks in the dinner to see everyone watching TV. They’re showing Luke having a temper tantrum at the tournament. Great! It’s the last thing he wanted to be reminded of, and how he was watching it broadcast to the world.
Johnny asks Luke to stay in Utopia for 7 days, heck it will take that long to repair the car and fence. He tells Luke he’ll help him find his game. Luke is skeptical until he discovers pictures and trophies Johnny has won in professional golf tournaments. He tells Luke to be ready early the next day and not to be late if he’s serious about finding his game.
These daily training sessions reminded me of the first Karate Kid movie, where Mr. Miyagi would show Daniel a task to do then leave him. Daniel would think the whole time what does this have to do with Karate? Luke felt the same way. What did all this stuff have to do with golf?
Johnny asks Luke, “Why do you do what you do? What are your convictions? Why do you play golf? What is your foundation in life?”
Johnny continues, “If you don’t have convictions comments from the crowd will ruin your confidence.” Be quite and think, why do you do what you do?
Luke never slowed down long enough to think about why he did what he did. He just did it. Went through the motions of life but not knowing why he was living it. Each day he was in Utopia a layer of life’s meaning was revealed.
A friend shows him how to catch fireflies. Luke laughs at the thought of having nothing better to do in this town so he goes along with it. They catch the flies one night. He notices that trapped fire flies don’t light up. But when you set them free they sore and glow. The friend reminds him that freedom is a powerful thing and truth gives you a new heart!
Johnny teaches Luke about SFT! But Johnny shows Luke how to See God’s face, Feel His presence and Trust in His love! Luke hasn’t heard of this before. It makes him think.
Just like in the Karate Kid movie there is a build up to a tournament. Will Luke enter and what will be the outcome? The audience is left with a cliff hanger. Thankfully producers give a website to go to so the audience can discover the end of the movie for themselves as the author reads the beginning pages of the sequel to Seven Days in Utopia.
It’s a fun filled quality movie the whole family can enjoy. You’ll
be rooting for Luke and Johnny all the way not just to win the game but
to capture the meaning of life. You’ll laugh out-loud and have a
few AH moments along with Luke. You’ll never look at life and golf
the same way. I highly recommend it!
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Nora St. Laurent is the CEO of The Book Club Network Incorporated and runs two book clubs near Atlanta, Ga., and is the former ACFW On-Line Book Club coordinator. Nora currently writes a Book Club column for the Christian Fiction OnLine Magazine and is a Book Club Talk "Columnist" for Novel Rocket. She writes reviews and interviews authors on her blog Finding Hope Through Fiction, Novel Reviews, Title Trakk, Suspense Zone and The Christian Pulse.