Fun fact of the day: There’s a scene where this rattlesnake slithers up on a guy while he’s lying down. Well, the snake was real…and it was on this actor for like half a day while they were filming. I know this because I watched the ssssssspecial features.
So I went into this film with fairly low expectations, as most blatantly religious films usually don’t have the budget to produce the same sort of Hollywood-polished product that we’ve grown accustomed to in this millennium. But, like The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid, Part II, I had no problem looking past a few unpolished elements and found this movie more than worth the watch. (The reader will kindly note that I left out The Karate Kid, Part III.)
The main character does a really great job, and the movie is powerful because it’s a true story. That’s right. True story. Fake accents, but true story.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: There have been very few moments in my life when I have coveted the ability to “dance the jig” as shown in this film, but this was one of them. It was quite riveting. In fact, I daresay the jig-level was off the charts in this movie, the likes of which have not been seen since the Lord of the Riverdance reigned in ruthless rhythm over PBS in the mid-to-late ’90s.
I love it because it reminds me that I’m in control of my life. Every decision in every moment leads me in a direction of my choosing. I love this quote from a fantastic address by Neal A. Maxwell:
“Whether in their conception or expression, our desires profoundly affect the use of our moral agency. Desires thus become real determinants, even when, with pitiful naivete, we do not really want the consequences of our desires…Therefore, what we insistently desire, over time, is what we will eventually become and what we will receive in eternity.”
This movie is about a great man named Ephraim Hanks who had the faith to make the tough choices that not only saved the lives of many people but shaped him into the force for good he was meant to become.
As stated in this movie, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is opportunity.” So when the opportunities arise to rescue others, what will you choose?
“Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.” — 2 Nephi 10:23