Mormon Movies

By: Mormon Heretic
November 18, 2013

Mormon Cinema has had a much lower profile lately.  However, there are 2 movies out now, and I wanted to see what everyone thought about these two movies:  Ender’s Game and The Saratov Approach.

The Saratov Approach is based on a true story.  Two Mormon missionaries kidnapped in Russia.

These are the missionaries that were actually kidnapped in Russia

Ender’s Game on the other hand, has nothing to do with Mormons.  It is based on a book written by Orson Scott Card, (a Mormon) and is science fiction.  I was surprised to hear that Harrison Ford plays a prominent role.  All I’ve heard is that some are boycotting the movie because of Scott’s stance against gay marriage

Harrison Ford plays a less prominent role to protagonist Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, portrayed by Asa Butterfield.

I haven’t seen either yet.  Do you have any recommendations?

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2 Responses to Mormon Movies

  1. Daniel Ortner on November 18, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    I liked both, but recommend Ender’s Game mostly to those that have read the book… Saratov approach on the other hand is one of the better Mormon films and is a really fascinating story with good acting. It isn’t too churchy although it has it’s moments. I found it very moving and uplifting.

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  2. KMB on November 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Saratov is worth seeing — it is surprisingly tense and effective given it’s a story about a bunch of people sitting in an apartment for five days doing nothing but wait. (And the movie poster essentially gives away the ending). It’s a little “churchy” — some over-the-top comparisons between the sacrifice of the Savior and the (potential) sacrifice of the missionaries, for instance — but a good film and worthy of the praise and decent box-office that it’s getting.

    There’s a problematic scene in the middle (spoilers, I guess) where the elders are free of their handcuffs and set a plan in motion to overpower their captor and escape…and then one of them decides instead to sit back down, put the handcuffs back on, and meekly wait for their captors to decide their fate. (“Heavenly Father has a plan for us.”)

    I don’t know if that was just movie license or if that’s actually how it happened in real life, but I don’t think passively doing nothing and throwing everything into “the Lord’s hands” is a spiritual principle that stands up to scrutiny. (That certainly would NOT have been the lesson had the missionaries successfully escaped, or done nothing and been killed in the end.)

    Some of the news reports at the time said one of the kidnappers was actually an inactive member, although this isn’t touched upon in the film.

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