Written July 25, 2014
This is the story of a man's life. But the message is for all of us to so llive our lives as to be ready to serve others when the need arives, and arive it will. The greatest satisfaction in life comes from service to others.
Written April 26, 2015
The film feels like a sequel to 17 Miracles and in terms of its cinematic quality is at about the same level. I don't think the film was awful but I don't think it was very good storytelling. In its effort to provide a chronicle of Ephram Hanks' life it failed to develop any of its characters to an appreciable extent, other than the title character. Make no mistake about it, Ephraim Hanks was a remarkable man who accomplished some wonderful things in his life. There are some fantastic stories about his life that are worth telling but I don't think you have to try to cram so many of them into one 2 hour movie. In short, the film will appeal to LDS moviegoers seeking to reaffirm their faith but will largely be disappointing to folks not of the faith looking for something more.
Written July 22, 2013
Takes off where 17 miracles stopped. Just wanted to do the right thing. Imperfect people putting forward a good effort. Amazing trials and amazing results. After the tribulation comes the blessings.
350 miles for a rescue! That takes preparation and time to get to the destination. Foresight and dedication.
You will know what this all means after you see this movie, which you must!
Written March 29, 2015
To quote Tim Malone (my husband,) We both loved the movie although the situation was desperate and mournfully sad. It was "played extremely well by Darin Southam in the majority of the movie, I was most touched by the development of the gift of healing as it was depicted in the movie. Each time we witnessed one of these – and there were several – a feeling of reverence came over me that increased. We both cried at the pitiful scenes of the suffering Pioneers, but I’ll always remember those priesthood blessings."
The movie was made to be a source of enlightenment and strength to whoever witnesses it and to serve as a testimony that the priesthood of Jesus Christ is alive and well among the children of men in our dispensation. We do not condemn other religions, we simply state, we know you have truth in your teachings, but we have so much more, so delicious to the taste, come and feast with us.
Written March 06, 2015
A good story line that took a few turns establishing the main character. It's certainly meant for those who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. To a person whose not a member, references and vernacular would be difficult to follow and understand. Certainly not meant for the general public.
The plight of the handcart company and their struggles was fairly well defined without going into ridiculous detail. It was clear their story was tragic and extraordinary.
A good movie that tells an amazing story of human tragedy and perseverance.