(Movie given free for review. Summary from back of case. Image from imbd.com)
My Review: I was actually expecting a book when this came to me for review. Instead it was the film. This film hits close to home for me on many fronts: I'm from Oregon, and just roughly 30 minutes from where one of these Elders is from. I was in high school when this took place. I have many friends from this young man's home town. I have many family members and friends who've served missions and had experiences that make this scarier than I'd like to admit.
These Elders' story is harrowing, disconcerting, and as I did more research, not nearly rare enough. What they went through, how they dealt with it, and that they continued on their missions is an amazing story. Many LDS films have left me thinking they could have been done far better. I did not experience that with this film. I left with the thought that this is something anyone of faith should see. It's intense, but tasteful. Realistic, but not gruesome despite what happened. In short, it's authentic, moving, and worth your Friday night viewing. I cannot even imagine living through this, let alone knowing that this still happens and we're just not hearing about it. Raising awareness is always a good thing, and I highly recommend this film for just that reason alone.
For the sensitive viewer: It's rated PG-13 for a reason. It's scary. There are depictions of violence and possible death. But nothing is done distastefully or exaggerated for effect.
Rating: 5 stars
Sum it up: One of the many hostage situations that some missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have endured through the years.