Same Kind of Different as Me – Movie Review

Summary: This movie is about the lives of a very wealthy art dealer, his Christian wife and a black homeless man. As their lives fall apart, they then come together in a beautiful picture of Christian love, community and co-operation.

I will quickly admit this is not my type of movie. I am not really into emotional dramas. I read the book years ago and knew the plot, and from what I read, I knew the tears would tumble down if I saw the movies. They did. I was “forced” to go with a group of women (13 of us) from my church and as tears cascaded down the steps of the movie theater I vowed never to watch these kinds of movies again.

“Same King of Different as Me” is a very well made movie. The acting is superb and so is the story line. I was afraid they would make it too secular, but they didn’t. It is not overly religious either. Of course, like in any movie that was a book first, there is so much more I wish they put in, but I realize that directors are limited by time and money.  I did gasp when I realized I recognized Rene Zellweger’s voice, but not her face! I do remember reading somewhere that she had her uniquely beautiful, squinty eyes made larger. Pity. Either way, she did great in portraying  Deborah Hall and captured her humble and compassionate spirit. Djimon Hounsou is a tremendous actor, but he did struggle a little with Denver’s southern accent.  Other than that, the movie does inspire the Christian to get into the darkness and be a light to those who struggle being on their feet.

I recommend this movie to any drama or tear-jerker-movie lover. There is a brief scene where the couple deals with the pain of adultery, other than that the movie is very clean.

Here is my favorite Denver Moore quote: “I found out everybody’s different – the same kind of different as me. We’re all just regular folks walkin down the road God done set in front of us. The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or something in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin our way toward home.”



The 4th Monkey – Book Review


Summary: This book is about a serial killer who was hit by a bus on his way to deliver a package in the mail. His latest kidnapped victim has only days to live before she dies of dehydration. The investigation unfolds jumping between the present and the found journal of the serial killer.

My take: I didn’t like the book too much. The plot really intrigued me and I liked the idea of the killer already being dead and the tension of finding the girl he had planned to kill, but I figured a lot of it out before the end. The serial killer’s journal did seem childish, maybe that was the author’s intentions, but because of the language that was used, it lost it’s effectiveness in being serious and frightening. I did like the story of the lead detective, Sam Porter. His pain and humanity was really well portrayed, but I saw what was going on way before he did.

There are a lot of great reviews about this book, and frankly, because of those reviews I bought it. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the hype. It was okay and kept me entertained. There is a lot of foul language, sexual references and gore in the book. I would only let my adult children read this book, but would probably stir them more towards the Steven James series if they prefer these kinds of books. They’re better stories and not near as crass.

These kinds of thrillers that delve into the cesspool of humanity always remind me of man’s depravity.  Romans 3:10-18 says: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one. “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;  “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

You can buy this book here.