Both brothers' lives are about to change dramatically and although this is ultimately for the best, it is quite a wild ride getting there.
Mercy Streets is an inspirational movie and surprisingly well done. But is is also a very well-woven crime drama/thriller. This movie was refreshing since many "Christian" movies are not this well developed, nor do they generally have a well-known and superb cast.
I think one of the best things about this film is that although it is a Christian movie, the focus is on — like any other movie — making a movie that anyone would enjoy. John and Rome bring deep and dark elements to the story, although the underlying theme is upbeat and inspirational. It is really more about people's lives, and how forgiveness, understanding, and reconciliation can make a world of difference in anyone's life. You can take away a warm, encouraging, life-affirming feeling, or more if you wish. Mercy Streets has something for everyone.
I thoroughly enjoyed the cast of stars: Eric Roberts (Julia Roberts brother, a prolific and very accomplished actor), Stacy Keach (Micky Spillane's Mike Hammer, The Blue and the Gray, Prison Break, and more), David White, who has starred in many Christian films such as Hidden Secrets and The Moment After, and of course the beautiful Cynthia Watros (best know as Libby on Lost), and a terrific supporting cast. This movie would be worth watching even if it was a bad movie, just to see Eric Roberts in the part of Rome. He does an amazing job with this character, a charismatic, devious, intelligent, and volatile con man.
There are also some bonus features on the DVD. You can watch the movie with commentary, select scenes, and my favorite, "The Making of Mercy Streets" which is so much fun to watch I found myself laughing many times. It shows some of the very interesting tricks in cinematography and staging that they used in the movie.
Mercy Streets has no objectionable content, and would likely be deemed appropriate for most all family members or any audience, except maybe the youngest of children. I personally loved the film.
Video clips from the film are available at Sony Pictures.