Four things I really loved about this movie:
1. Race was never an issue. EVER. Instead of the stereotypical tough black kid from a gang with a white foster family, they switched it around and it was never even obvious, showing that we're all human, we all make mistakes, and we can all also be caring and kind people, which has nothing to do with the color of our skin.
2. The Christians were never over-the-top goody goody characters, and neither were the "bad guys" over-the-top, loud and obnoxious. They were real human beings with different backgrounds and different problems.
3. The music actually fit the scenes and never blew me out of my chair from the volume change, which seems to be a requirement for movies anymore.
4: It had a hopeful ending, but it didn't end with a pretty bow tied up nice and neat. These were people who had faith in Jesus so they could face the problems in their life, not people who had a fairy-tale happily-ever-after life because they believed in Jesus.
Just a warning for younger kids and those of us who are sensitive to violence, this film did have pretty intense flash-back scenes which included blood, one of which happens at the very beginning of the film. Otherwise there was really no objectionable content for anyone over 13.
Hope this was helpful, God bless.