I was anxious to watch the movie Freetown because I'd heard so many good things about it and it didn't disappoint me. I put my youngest children to bed and the rest of my children (12 and older) watched it with me. (Which I recommend because of the violence and war might be a bit too much for those under twelve.)
First of all, I loved the music and how we were transported immediately to the war taking place in Liberia. The opening scenes are of rebels approaching a man whose car is stuck in the mud. They have automatic weapons and he has nothing. It is so tense! My older son who served an LDS mission where there were a lot of Liberian people told me that they all had stories of how they'd escaped the horrors of this war, but at a great cost, including, sometimes, leaving children and spouses behind. It sounded like it was devastating and the movie really put you right there.
We then meet the LDS missionaries who are trying to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ during the violence. After one particularly terrifying event, they decide to go to Freetown, Sierra Leone where they might have a chance to teach the gospel without fearing for their lives. And so begins the incredible journey of what these people went through to do that. So much faith was required and so many miracles happened, it truly was amazing, especially since this is based on a true story.
I was impressed with the cinematography and the music. I thought the casting department did a great job. I did miss some of the dialogue at times because of background noises and music, but other than that, I thought it was inspiring and shone a light on the bravery and courage of our brothers and sisters in Liberia.
If you would like to a chance to win a free DVD of Freetown, all you have to do is tell me in the comments what was the best movie you saw this summer! Contest open to the continental U.S. and the winner will be announced on Aug. 21.
Or, if you can't wait and want to buy your own copy, you can get it here for $17.99
Here's what it's about:
Freetown: Caught in the middle of a brutal civil war, six Liberian missionaries in Monrovia flee the widespread violence in their native country. Their destination: Freetown, Sierra Leone. With the help of local church member Phillip Abubakar (Henry Adofo), the missionaries make the difficult journey, only to have their troubles compounded by a rebel fighter bent on killing one of their own. Based on incredible true events, FREETOWN is a thrilling and inspiring story of faith, hope and survival.
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