Movie Review: “Bilal” Carefully Introduces The World To A New Breed Of Hero

“I liked this movie overall. I’m not big on religious films, in fact, I’m not big on all animated films either for that part, but the touch of action in ‘Bilal’ was nice.”


A thousand years ago, one boy with a dream of becoming a great warrior is abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal finds the courage to raise his voice and make a change.

Over 1,000 years ago, a boy with dreams of being a great warrior and his sister are abducted and taken to a faraway land. Growing up in a world of greed and injustice, he finds the courage to make a change.

Religion is powerful. It motivates the oppressed and inspires the dominant. Religion is a system of belief. A belief that all is right while feeling a comfort of knowing that wrongs won’t last. A religious relationship is ultimately what we’re all looking for. Something to make us feel comfort as we continue to figure out life. Every end has a beginning and “Bilal” examines that start. Religion is love. We will continue to breathe life as long as we have love.

“Bilal: A New Breed of Hero” is based on true events and follows versions of Bilal Ibn Rabah as he becomes one of the earliest followers of the Prophet Muhammad. Bilal and his sister Ghufaira are kidnapped and sold into slavery. They are enslaved and sold in Mecca after their mother is slaughtered to Umayyah Ibn Khalaf, one of the richest traders of the time. Bilal has always dreamt of being a warrior and continues to follow his childhood dreams even after enduring his trauma.

This film is heavy on religion but features flashes of action throughout. The earlier stages of religion were a fight. A fight that still lingers on today. People believe in the things they deem to be right and they follow that righteousness. Here we see Bilal do exactly that. He fights throughout the film for his freedom as he longs for betterment.

The movie has a crisp look. It is designed with 3D animation to accompany the voices of the movie’s stars. The acting is good with the interchanging of the actors portraying the lead character. The film is historic to a degree. It’s based heavily on religious roots as Bilal’s story plays out on screen. Religion will forever be apart of our daily life and the roots of its different forms must be understood.

I liked this movie overall. I’m not big on religious films, in fact, I’m not big on all animated films either for that part, but the touch of action in “Bilal” was nice. Religion is a touchy subject and it can get uncomfortable at times. Especially when displayed on screen in a film reenacting events of the past. Life and religion can easily be understood if we’re willing to examine and understand love. Peace will truly be found if and when we take the time to cater to our love for one another.

In theaters Friday, February 2nd


Richard Caldwell

Richard is an American Television & Film enthusiast. Film & Television have always been an interest for him. Originally from Jackson, MS, Richard currently resides in Dallas, TX.
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