Monday, May 02, 2011
It could happen to any of us. A moment of distraction, and the unthinkable happens -- a child goes missing. Many of us can relate to being pulled into different directions all at once. How do you cope as a family when the head of the household repeatedly puts work ahead of family, and as a result, a two year old child in his care vanishes?
Will the missing child be the breaking point, or the saving grace?
We received the movie "The Way Home" from BookSneeze to watch as a family in exchange for an unbiased review.
As described on ChristianCinema, Dean Cain stars as Randy Simpkins, a husband and father torn between the demands of his job and family. Asked by his wife to watch their two-year-old son Joe for a few minutes, he becomes distracted by work. When he returns, Joe is gone.
Personally, as the mother of a child on the autism spectrum who has disappeared a handful of times, this movie hit very close to home. My heart was in my throat -- I have felt those same emotions, and the movie brought it all back full force. In spite of the familiar topic, the movie still gave me much to reflect upon and really brought home the importance of the ultimate order of priorities -- God, Family, Other. The characters were well played, especially the role of the father. Even though it would have been instinctive to be upset with him, my heart went out to him -- it can happen to the most attentive of parents too.
Although it was a really emotional and suspenseful movie, it was appropriate for our entire family to watch, including our youngest who is 9. The way the story included the faith and the church community without being overly preachy and religious was perfect for watching it with members of my family who aren't believers.
All in all, I found it to be a great movie, but I'm not sure that it'd be a movie I'd want to watch over and over again. It'd give it 4/5 stars.
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