In Pure Flix's latest original film Nothing is Impossible, David A.R. White portrays Scott Beck, a former promising basketball player whose life didn't go quite the way he planned and he's stuck working as the janitor at the high school that once considered him a legend in the making. When the local NBA team announces open try outs, Scott gets a second chance at both love and life.
Nothing is Impossible is an undeniably feel good film, an inspirational faith-based sports flick about an awful lot more than sports. Exclusively on Pure Flix starting October 6th, Nothing is Impossible is the kind of film that Pure Flix fans will love with valuable lessons about trusting God's timing, leaning into God during times of uncertainty, and learning that our lives can be transformed by changing how we respond to past hurts.
White has always possessed a quietly confident swagger that works well here, though it must be said that Nothing is Impossible is definitely the kind of film that requires a certain willingness to suspend reality as there was never a single moment that I bought into the idea that White, who is 52-years-old according to his IMDB page, could possibly get a second chance at anything other than perhaps making the starting five of a quality seniors league.
However, Nothing is Impossible is ultimately about exactly that - "nothing is impossible" and that's the heart and soul behind the light, entertaining film that's a good view for the entire family and easy to appreciate for its positive messaging.
White, who was one of the co-founders of Pure Flix, has always been one of the faith-based film industry's more charismatic actors and that charisma is on full display here even in the early going as Scott becomes increasingly frustrated with the obstacles and complications of his daily life from mundane work to a truck that frequently won't start. White seems to effortlessly take us on Scott's journey of transformation as he learns to trust himself, trust God, and connect more authentically with those around him.
Those around him include Ryan Aikens (Nadia Bjorlin), his high school girlfriend from the other side of the tracks who just so happens to now own the fictitious Knoxville basketball team that Scott is trying out for, and Nick (Robert Amaya), Scott's longtime best friend who's now the high school's not so gifted basketball coach and a wannabe pastor who needs to resolve his anger issues first.
It needs to be said again and again. Robert Amaya can do no wrong. He's simply priceless here.
Steven Bauer is here as the film's obligatory baddie while Harry Lennix and Mark Christopher Lawrence shine in supporting roles.
I must confess that Nothing is Impossible is an ever so slight miss for me as I simply never bought into its central concept and while both White and Bjorlin are terrific individually the chemistry lacks that convincing transformational spark that would effectively preach "Through the years, you've always been the one."
Modest quibbles aside, Nothing is Impossible is a feel good, inspirational flick that benefits greatly from David A.R. White's tremendous charisma and from the kind of story that charms and entertains faith-based audiences. For families with athletes, the lessons contained in Nothing is Impossible are rich and meaningful and for those who need a reminder that second chances are always available to those who lean into God Nothing is Impossible will be a rewarding and entertaining view.
Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic