This past Saturday I had the opportunity to go to the movies. I know this isn’t an unusual thing by any stretch. What might be a little unusual, though, is the movie we went to go see. This particular movie had opened in Utah, in select theaters, on October 9, 2013. Because of its success it was released in other surrounding areas where many Mormons might live. On January 10th it was released Nationwide in select cities. Kessabug just so happened to find out about it, so we went on January 11th. The movie was The Saratov Approach starring Corbin Allred ( from Saints and Soldiers) and Maclain Nelson.
The film is about two Mormon Missionaries who are serving in Russia in 1998. Both are about half way through their two-year missions when an unexpected kidnapping takes place. This movie has a little bit of everything. Humor, wit, drama, action, heart and faith. I do believe anyone, regardless of faith or belief, would enjoy this movie. The only complaint I might have is that some of the shots were very jumpy and bouncy. I can understand why though, because this adds to the tenseness we feel as we watch. The number of inside “jokes” or comments about the Mormon faith are minimal enough that anyone can connect with these boys. The acting was phenomenal, which is something that is usually lacking for movies with LDS connections.
I will have to admit, before I’m outed, that I did shed some tears while watching. If I had to venture a guess, I think you probably would too.
This is exactly the movie (and message therein) that I needed to see at this point in my life. I’ve become more and more discouraged and downtrodden over the last few weeks. Not having things go as I have them planned makes me very nervous, but the thing that this movie taught me is that over time, light always overcomes darkness. Things will be okay.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ~ Jeremiah 29: 11