Watch 5000 BLANKETS exclusively in theaters for two days only, December 12 & 13th!
Inspired by a remarkable true story, 5000 BLANKETS is filled with hope and highlights the power of family and faith. When a father has a mental breakdown and goes missing, a woman and her young son set out to find him on the streets.
5000 BLANKETS stars Anna Camp as mom Cyndi, Carson Minniear as the 7-year-old boy Phillip, and Rob Mayes as Bobby, the dad. They all did a convincing job playing their respective characters.
Mayes appears in the fewest number of scenes, but he had the most challenging role as Bobby, a good husband and father who liked to take his son fishing before being overcome by mental struggles. Fantastic editing – admittedly a bit surreal and disorienting – gives viewers a glimpse into the world as seen through his eyes.
As a result of his father’s mental illness, Phillip and his mom were introduced to a world that broke their hearts. While searching the streets looking for Bobby, they were overwhelmed by how many homeless people they saw. Cyndi actually went walking into a homeless camp after dark by herself one time, which we wouldn’t recommend. Sorry to say, not all homeless people are as nice as the ones in this movie.
One night as Phillip’s mom was tucking him into bed, an idea was sparked. “Mommy,” the boy said, “Are you warm?” “Yes, baby, I’m warm.” “Is Daddy warm?” he asked. And then he asked about everyone else – the people on the street and in the shelters. His mom told him the truth: “No, not everyone is warm.”
They both knew what they had to do. They would collect blankets and give them to every homeless person they could find. First they asked for donations at their church. Then a local reporter heard about it and wrote a newspaper article, which prompted people from all over the city to donate blankets. They were so inundated with blankets that they had to rent a storage shed!
Their efforts weren’t without heartache and setbacks, though; just like the time-honored old phrase says, no good deed goes unpunished. This adds to the drama, but doesn’t deter them from having the best of intentions. Even in Texas it gets cold in the winter, especially with a severe storm on the way. This creates suspense as they try to distribute 5000 blankets before the freezing weather hits on Christmas Eve.
Who doesn’t have at least one and probably several extra blankets around the house that they don’t need? Not only that, they’re cheap to buy and abundantly available in stores at this time of year. A simple blanket could be a lifesaver for someone living out on the streets.
Whether it’s giving blankets or something else like hats, scarves, gloves, sleeping bags, toiletries, toys, food, or even just your time to those in need, hopefully this movie will inspire viewers to help their community like this real-life mother/son did!
5000 BLANKETS is a great movie about taking a bad situation and turning it into something good. It’s incredible what can happen when you transform your heart to serve the people around you. Like Phillip’s mom said, “We didn’t ask for any of this, but we get to choose how we react to it.”
Buy tickets today to see 5000 BLANKETS exclusively in theaters December 12th & 13th only! This is the perfect film for your family, church or homeschool group to experience together. Bring your friends and let this incredible story of kindness spark a movement of compassion towards those in need – not just during the holidays but all year long. 🙂
Check out “The Heart of 5000 BLANKETS” below to hear from the real people behind this extraordinary story.
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Disclosure: Many thanks to Sony Pictures for providing a digital screener of this movie to review. Opinions are 100% my own.