Movie Preview: “Ordinary Angels”
By Randal C. Hill
“Ordinary Angels” is based on a true story of Sharon Steves (Hilary Swank), a recovering alcoholic hairdresser in small-town Kentucky. When she is told, “Find a reason to be here that’s bigger than you are,” she discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she learns about Ed Schmidt (Alan Ritchson). He’s a local widower working hard to make ends meet for his two young daughters. Michelle, the younger, needs a liver transplant.
Sharon becomes an “ordinary angel” when she decides to help the family and take on seemingly impossible odds, among which is a $400,000 charge for the transplant. When Sharon asks for the entire $400,000 to be erased, a panel of hospital power folks offer collective smirks. “Was that funny?” Sharon asks defiantly.
The worst snowstorm in recent memory adds to the woes when Ed’s daughter Michelle needs to be flown to a hospital 700 miles away for her transplant.
At one point, Sharon is asked, “How did it become your responsibility to save her?”
Her response: “Because I’m here…because I can.”
Two-time Oscar winner Swank tells why she signed to do the film. “I was drawn to this beautiful true story because it’s such a powerful reminder that angels reside everywhere among us. And that faith, hope, grit and positivity are all powerful fuel for miracles. It’s also a story about the power of organ donation, something incredibly near and dear to my heart. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this story and message.”
Producer Kevin Downs finishes, “I hope this film inspires many to not just talk about how we can love our neighbor but actually show how we can love our neighbor in ways that put others in front. I’m hoping that this gives an example of what one community did in the face of extraordinary circumstances and how they rallied together and lifted each other up. We could use a lot more of that, I think.”
“Ordinary Angels” opens nationwide from Lionsgate on October 13.