*Spoilers coming in discussion; more after ads*
If you read the synopsis or saw the trailer for this movie, you know what’s going to happen. In that sense, it’s like the Titanic. I tend not to like those kinds of stories. Abby Johnson’s journey from clinic director and champion of Planned Parenthood to Pro-Life Crusader is both powerful and haunting, regardless of which side of the debate you fall on.
- Not sure which details changed and how, but they at least told a coherent story.
- They definitely pulled some film making stunts I am not a fan of. Started with a point from 3/4 of the way in then backed up to tell the rest of the story as flashback…8 yrs ago sort of thing.
- Music was mostly tasteful and excellently paired with scenes. But the discordant, painful to hear violin notes during the part where she had the chemical abortion falls in the cheap-tricks-I-don’t-appreciate category. I get it, but it still stunk.
- Lady who played Abby certainly had to cry a lot. She pulled off the performance pretty well. Some of the others were a tad less polished, but overall the acting earned 4/5 stars.
- Opening weekend and probably for awhile there will be only pro-lifers seeing this. That’s fine. It can still do good. Love it or hate it, a LOT of people are going to have an opinion of it. Funniest sad review was 1/2 star saying they refused to see this rubbish. Do people not realize they only put their ignorance on display when they do stuff like that?
- Definitely going to be a polarizing movie. Cliche as it might be, yes, they are preaching to the choir here, but I am not sure that has ever been done on this topic. My favorite review was by a pro-choice lady challenging others to go see this and test their beliefs. Don’t blindly pick a side because it feels right in the moment. Know what you believe and why
Who should see this?
Youth groups, high school students, college Christian fellowships, anyone ever considering an abortion, die-hard pro-choicers, etc.
It’s only in “select” theaters, but they’re definitely there. I saw it in an AMC. I know there are several other AMC’s that also have it, though it might not be all of them.
Why is it Rated R?
It’s rated R because there is definitely disturbing content. That’s probably the most blood I have seen in a movie ever (because I don’t do stupid slasher movies). It’s all tastefully handled but the details about abortion alone are enlightening and disturbing. I think there is one curse word.
Is it approved for teens?
Go see this movie. Then, go find a friend and see it again.
Associate links to follow…
The Collins Case – 2 FBI agents track down a kidnapped family. Kid friendly.
If fantasy’s more your thing, go Redeemer Chronicles. The first, Awakening, is available as an audiobook.
Ashlynn’s Dreams Shorts – a kid deals with her parents’ divorce, bullies, and the wonder of discovery.
Try The Dark Side of Science – Genetically altered kids fight for the right to live.
Where did I cry?
I have never cried so much at a movie. First off, I’m a sympathetic crier, so if somebody is crying, I tend to tear up too. Second, wow, this is powerful stuff.
I don’t remember the 5-7 times I cried during this movie, but here’s what I recall:
- When they are praying over the canisters of medical waste (all the aborted fetuses)
- When Rhonda’s mother was pleading with her not to abort her baby … and Rhonda was striding into the clinic with her 4-5 year old.
- When Abby wrestled with the 22,000 abortions she helped with/felt responsible for during the course of her career.
- When they portrayed the abortion itself. That scene is essentially in the movie twice. Once at the beginning and once where it should be in the timeline.