My wife and I had the opportunity yesterday to see the movie, Amazing Grace, the story of William Wilberforce and the successful battle he waged to end slavery in the British Empire. Since most of the movie was made up of dialog around the issue of abolition, the movie relies on the acting, since there is no "action" to speak of. I think the actors delivered on what they had to do.
The movie accurately depicts Wilberforce's faith as the motivating factor in his crusade and the dialog is openly Christian and God-focused. The film runs two hours, so it may be a little long, but the theme and the price Wilberforce paid to see his cause through to the end are gripping. I would strongly recommend seeing this movie. You had better hurry, however, for it won't be around for long.
One interesting thread in the story is Wilberforce's relationship with John Newton, former slave ship captain and author of the song Amazing Grace. Newton is played by Albert Finney, who turns in a strong performance.
As the world remembers what Wilberforce did 200 years ago this year, it would be good to read up on his remarkable career. It is also a good time to ask if there is any contribution that you need to make to your generation like Wilberforce did to his. If there is, what are you doing to see it take place?