Steeped in Christian tenets of forgiveness, brotherhood, and prayer, and rife with earnest platitudes about race and family, The Grace Card is one overwrought piece of work. Well-meaning, to be sure, this evangelical soap opera calls out for, well, absolution.
Set in Memphis, and directed with a beat-too-long obviousness by David Evans (an optometrist in his filmmaking debut), The Grace Card follows the tortured life of Mac McDonald (Michael Joiner), a cop whose world was smashed to pieces when his 5-year-old gets run down by a drug dealer fleeing from the police.
In the years since the tragedy, Mac and his wife, Sara (Joy Moore), have shared an empty marriage with their troubled teenager, Blake (Rob Erickson). Mac's views toward blacks - the driver who killed his boy was African American - have turned ugly, which doesn't help the relationship with his new partner, Sam Wright (Michael Higgenbottom). A part-time preacher, Sam has just been promoted to sergeant, even though Mac has seniority - another factor that makes the officers' patrol time together especially uncomfortable.