Movie Review: The Simplicity of Family Faith Film “La Cadena” is its Beauty

Local Katy actor Alfred Castillo is no stranger to performing. He has appeared in many television commercials and starred in nearly 300 local/regional/national commercials, web videos and industrials.

To top off his impressive resume, Castillo has also worked as a model on more than 30 Print projects and has played roles in nearly 30 feature/short films including Walk by FaithCloser to Home, Joy Comes in the MorningPastor’s Daughters and Beyond the Vows, all of which can be found on Amazon Prime.

But Castillo found it increasingly difficult to find work as an actor without compromising his Christian faith in the secular world of Hollywood, so he produced his first motion picture, La Cadena.”

No Hollywood big budget. No big-name actors or actresses. No glamorous special effects. What La Cadena lacks in those categories, it makes up for in the beautiful and hard-hitting simplicity of the script. 

La Cadena focuses on a shy and quiet Houston construction worker named Ricardo. Ricardo is a Christian who seeks to honor Christ through his faith, while enduring the small cruelties of life. He regularly experiences jabs and mocking by his co-workers, including his boss. 

About halfway to a job that was over three hours away, Ricardo’s boss realized that he left the chain, or in Spanish, “la Cadena,” at their house.

No chain means no payday for Ricardo or his crew. While the rest of the crew played the blame game, Ricardo had a noble idea, “let’s pray.”

That’s enough spoilers! My kiddos hate me when I give “spoiler alerts,” so to see what happens next, you’ll just have to watch it on Amazon Prime!

What makes La Cadena so loveable is that Castillo, in his first directed motion picture, kept the script pure and uncomplicated. It’s a story of hope. You cannot feel anything but immersed in Ricardo’s life. A simple construction worker held true to his faith and values, while suffering ridicule from those he worked with. And in the end, the Lord rewarded his resilience.

La Cadena is in Spanish with English subtitles and is available on Amazon Prime. Katy Christian Magazine gives the movie five “Thumbs up.”

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.