Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Mar 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A struggling motivational speaker who is an expert in “deprogramming” cult victims tries to help a young woman recently inducted into a cult.
My Take on it – I saw an article about this film a few months back and it intrigued me, so I decided to give it a shot.
I liked the first half and enjoyed the journey it was taking us on but then at around the midway point, it takes a dive to very confusing territory and doesn’t manage to recover at all.
I enjoyed the performances of Leland Orser and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and really hoped that they would be able to recover once the story stumbled, but even their excellent performances couldn’t make it any more coherent.
The dialogue is great and I enjoyed much of the back and forth conversations between the characters because it was interesting and engaging.
Unfortunately tho, actions speak louder than words and despite great dialogue, the actions of the characters don’t manage to counterbalance for the better.
Instead it left me even more confused by the end instead of feeling the desired effects of being intrigued like I had hoped for when it started.
This is all quite unfortunate because I think that this movie has a great initial premise and had the followed through on it then it would have been even more entertaining and engaging for me.
Bottom Line – Very good premise that seems to have been slightly squandered. I Liked the way that the story presents itself during the first half but it totally derails itself in the second half making certain things quite confusing. Orser and Winstead are both excellent here but it would have been better if the story was actually more coherent. Some very interesting and engaging dialogue that unfortunately goes nowhere.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – To prepare themselves for the role, Winstead and Orser read the book Let Our Children Go by Ted Patrick and watched YouTube videos from that era of people in cults or people who had just gotten out of cults. (From Wikipedia)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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