Written December 24, 2013
Last night we were privileged to see this movie! Please see it if it comes to your area (and it will be available through Netflix)...I was mesmerized by the touching story and faith and strength and even compassion shown by these two amazing Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their families. We were blessed to have two of the cast members and the director talk to us after the showing...what fun! (The webpage has a Q&A entry - after you see the movie)...PLEASE support this film. You won't regret it!
Written October 13, 2013
This is a must-see movie! It is very powerful, ESPECIALLY due to the fact that it was a true story. The original missionaries to whom this actually happened revealed during an interview that they were very pleased with the accuracy of the portrayal of the events, and the emotions of all involved, in the actual incident.
What a deep admiration I feel for those missionaries, because of the decisions they made -- and for their families, and all those who prayed for them, and for the difficult decisions they made, as well. What a celebration of the human spirit and sacrifice and of faith in God! A great movie for any Christian!
Saying more would ruin it for those who want to see it, so I will stop. Just be prepared to come away from the movie having been deeply touched -- to the point of soul-searching. This has the potential of being a life-changing movie!
Written October 23, 2013
Anyone will have an awesome experience seeing this film! It was a super neat story and really captivates any viewer, especially knowing it is a true story! Pretty amazing to see how much people care about what they believe in.
Written October 27, 2013
This movie will appeal to an LDS audience that only requires that their faith be sustained at the end of the evening. As far as the movie goes, it's quite obvious in places. For example, the very obvious parallel drawn between the sacrifice Christ had to make on behalf of all mankind anda grieving mother who can save her son, but won't, crying to her husband about the sacrifice her son must make for the good of others.
This film tries but doesn't quite make it. From the shaky camera work reminiscent of the Bourne Identity to the hit you over the head character development of the two missionaries that began their ordeal weeping scared victims to finding their strength in Christ and willingly sacrificing themselves for a higher good. There is no subtlety here.
The movie gets an E for effort but a C- overall. If you tend to get weepy at Fast and Testimony meeting, you'll probably like this movie. If not, not so much.
Written November 02, 2013
It's an amazing story told by a small cast. Redemptive moments. Beyond the theme of self-sacrifice, there is another valuable theme: listening carefully to one's heart and to the Holy Spirit. Enjoy.