To Save A Life

2009

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IMDb Rating 7.1

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Reviewed by reduxinflux-1 7

Listen - although I understand the passion behind this movie, I&#39;m not going to sing uncritical praises as some have. It has flaws but it&#39;s also not as bad as the weighted user rating suggests (at the time I wrote this review, it was hovering around a 4.6) However, after viewing it tonight, I would not say this movie is for the public at large (thus the undeserved 1 star ratings its garnered - which I believe is more a rejection of the worldview espoused by the film than an authentic impression of the movie itself).<br/><br/>Although I contest the sincerity of the low ratings, I think I know why: To Save A Life is produced by a church and it feels like it. Primarily - it&#39;s a film exhorting Christians to BE followers of Jesus rather than passive egocentric judgmental consumers. Secondarily - it&#39;s a powerful listening ear to the hurt, depressed and marginalized among us who may feel invisible to the cold world around them. It also empathizes with those who wrestle with fundamental questions of purpose and meaning. Where I appreciated this about the movie, I&#39;m not too sure how well its narrative will translate to disinterested audiences. It might come across cliché or as religiously charged melodramatic propaganda. And I wouldn&#39;t blame anyone for feeling this way. Regardless, you can&#39;t go into a horror movie and expect a comedy. Know what to expect: It&#39;s a Christian movie. <br/><br/>That being said, for what it is (and what it was intended to be) my wife and I both thought it was solid. Narratively and artistically. Our 17 year old cousin Nathan agreed. I&#39;m 30 and my wife is 29 so we&#39;re not too far removed from the high school experience ourselves. As Christians, we all found the story very authentic. The characters followed natural paths and the emotion captured never felt disingenuous. Dialogue can be tricky - and save a few perfectly-timed cliché moments and pedestrian deliveries, it was engaging and believable. We also appreciated the humility of Jim Britts writing - self-indicting the Church as a major contributor to the pain its trying to heal was both surprising and refreshing.<br/><br/>Also, this may sound lame, but I went in with the preconceived notion that this would be another &#39;rich white person&#39; saves &#39;poor disenfranchised minority&#39; movie. Ironic - I&#39;m white - but for whatever reason, it&#39;s something I&#39;ve noticed in movies and television lately and it&#39;s been bothering me. But To Save A Life isn&#39;t like that. When I saw the trailer, I almost wrote it off, thinking it would just carry the torch. Angry black dude kills himself. Stud white dude saves the day. I was pleased to be proved wrong as minorities play prominent positive roles in this movie and its not the rich white kid who rides off into the sunset as hero as you might have reasonably assumed. Turns out - dude needs saving too.<br/><br/>On a technical note, as someone who loves film (context - my favorites include Godfather, John Hillcoat&#39;s The Road, PT Anderson&#39;s Magnolia, American Beauty, Children of Men, Fight Club) I&#39;m always mindful of the cinematography, editing, etc. I especially pay attention in Christian films - which are typically inept. But not so here. The crew should be proud. <br/><br/>No matter what harsh criticisms will eventually befall To Save A Life (there will be plenty), this movie exists for people who need to know they&#39;re not alone. Leaders and outcasts. The churched and unchurched. We all need saving.<br/><br/>7/10

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Reviewed by inshock 10

We seldom go to the movies because most aren&#39;t worth watching (in our opinion) but my husband &amp; I went to see &quot;To Save A Life&quot; yesterday (opening day) knowing it was a faith based movie. We&#39;re 40-50 something in age &amp; have been in prison ministry for around 14-15 yrs. This film is a true-to-life movie that shows the reality of what the kids &amp; youth of America go through every day. The suicide rate for teens is unbelievable. Too many of those who don&#39;t kill themselves, kill someone else or get into crime &amp; end up in prison...all because they believe nobody cares &amp; life is hopeless. We were impressed with the movie in many ways &amp; found it to be made as very true. I left bawling (that&#39;s Texan for crying hard) even though it was humorous in places, too, because we&#39;ve seen the results of those who have managed to stay alive on the street, but get sentenced (most for the majority of their lives) to prison, just to fight &amp; struggle to survive. Prison life isn&#39;t living, only existing. It really is true that we each can save lives...you never know what someone is going through &amp; sometimes just a smile or friendly gesture can make the difference in life &amp; death. We don&#39;t think this is just a young people&#39;s movie - everyone should see it! We are Christians &amp; have been quite some time, but after viewing this movie, I left changed. Go see it...you won&#39;t regret it.

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Reviewed by cathywatson-642-817845 10

Saw this with my 14 year old daughter this weekend. This is an excellent movie for teens between the ages of 13-17. If you&#39;re deciding whether to watch it, don&#39;t be swayed by the overall rating as those who gave the lowest ratings do not belong to the intended audience group (males over 45 have given it the lowest rating - not sure why they felt the need to review it as it wasn&#39;t a movie for them?) I teach leadership to 14 and 15 year-old students at my school, and they were so excited when I showed them just the trailer! If you work with students then you know that what is portrayed in this movie is not exaggerated, but issues that they are actually dealing with on a daily basis. Even at my private, Christian school bullying is an issue. This movie has an excellent message and will help teens have the courage to stand up and be themselves, instead of just following the crowd.

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