Leans strongly toward a biblical worldview
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With a clear pro-life message centered on the inestimable value and dignity of human life and God’s heart for orphans and adoption, THE DROP BOX fully engages the hearts and minds of viewers and presents the Gospel of love and compassion in a way that captivates and convicts. Developed by Arbella Studios and Pine Creek Entertainment in association with Focus on the Family and Kindred Image, THE DROP BOX tells the true and ongoing story of South Korean Pastor Jong-rak Lee and his wife, family and fellow members of Jusarang (“God’s Love”) Community Church, who have taken in 354 abandoned babies—many with challenging disabilities—through the “baby box” he built in Seoul in 2009.
Under the sensitive and skillful direction of Brian Ivie and his team, THE DROP BOX explores underlying social mores and institutional resistance to safely accommodating unwed mothers and children with disabilities in South Korea. Told through interviews with Lee and his family, volunteers, social workers, healthcare providers, government officials, academics and others, THE DROP BOX beautifully shows God’s heart for orphans and adoption framed over the doorway to Lee’s baby box with Psalm 27:10: “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.”
Overall Faith and/or Biblical Relevance
In a culture that increasingly devalues life—particularly on the margins of society—THE DROP BOX is a heart-stirring witness to the pure, good and noble biblical call to care for orphans. And by sacrificially living out this calling, Pastor Lee and his church bring to life the Gospel message of adoption into God’s Kingdom—showing that God takes the weak, lowly, despised and foolish things of this world to shame the strong and wise (1 Cor. 1: 26-28).
Here, Lee’s humility and love for the precious souls God has entrusted him not only resonates deeply but begs the question: How many millions around the world would be won to Christ if every person who claims to be a Christian similarly lived out the biblical call to self-sacrificial love and service?
Faith-compatible Depiction of Characters and Character Relationships
THE DROP BOX clearly presents a biblical view of the family unit and Body of Christ acting in collaboration to carry out the will of God in service to others. With the message that life is more precious than the world itself, THE DROP BOX tells the story of Pastor Lee’s courtship and marriage to his wife, Chun-ja, their one-flesh union in faith and calling, and their sacrificial love for their children—biological and adopted, able-bodied and physically challenged.
We also see how Lee’s children love one another well and that their household is filled with love, joy and laughter—despite the economic, social and health toll that comes with currently raising 15 children in the home and navigating a complex and often resistant South Korean social service network on behalf of the abandoned babies that come into their home on a near-daily basis. Significantly, we see the seeds of the next generation as Ivie tracks the story of Lee’s wise and spiritually discerning adopted son Ruri—a 4th grader who desires to carry out his father’s mission when he gets older.
Faith-compatible Depiction of Situations
Whether Ivie’s focus is on the drop box, life in the orphanage, the work of the volunteers, or visits to the hospitals and social services agencies, THE DROP BOX presents not only faith-compatible, but faith-driven depictions in every situation. From Pastor Lee’s prayers over each child that arrives through the baby box to his grief over the death of precious Hanna at age six, the viewer experiences the heart of Jesus for those among us who are “the least of these” (Matthew 25: 40, 45).
Here, Lee’s love for his 27-year-old biological son, Eun-man, who was born with severe physical deformities, is particularly poignant and transformative. It’s through Eun-man that Lee learns about how God blesses us with disabled people and purposefully uses them to teach us that He looks upon the broken, discarded and unwanted and calls them His own.
Family Viewing Suitability
Although THE DROP BOX is not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, it deals with sobering issues involving teenage pregnancy and unwed mothers, the abandonment and death of some babies and physical and mental disabilities—all requiring parental discretion for age appropriateness. However, for children prepared to handle these issues, THE DROP BOX will foster great family conversations about God’s call to self-sacrificial service to others.
Another challenge for younger viewers is that many of the interviews are necessarily in Korean with English sub-titles—requiring a higher level of reading skills and comprehension. However, the animated segments are engaging and effective, and the hearts of moviegoers young and old will swell when the children—against all odds—smile, eat, play and are lovingly engaged by a community of caregivers.
At 79 minutes in length, THE DROP BOX is a well-made film with high production values and a wonderful, original musical score that gives moviegoers a glimpse into the lives of those who God Himself has called His own—the outcasts among us who have been orphaned and abandoned. Its consistent pacing and well-written script—as told through interviews—is engaging and effective.
From start to finish—and without being preachy or overbearing—THE DROP BOX educates, elevates, inspires and convicts viewers to cultivate and protect the inherent sanctity of human life from the womb to the point of natural death. And its call to self-sacrificial love is a message so near and dear to God’s heart that viewing THE DROP BOX feels like you’re standing on holy ground.