Monday, January 18, 2016

DVD Review: Just Let Go

Just Let Go
2015, 106 minutes, PG-13 for accident images and thematic material
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a DVD for an honest review

Henry Ian Cusick, Emmy Nominee, as Chris Williams in the true story "Just Let Go." After surviving a drunk driving accident that killed his pregnant wife and two kids, Chris Williams struggles to 'just let go' and forgive the young man who caused it.

As we begin the New Year, this message of forgiveness is an important reminder, that forgiveness can bring peace to your soul. “It has allowed a terrible tragedy … to be turned into, in many aspects, a tremendous blessing. That has been one of the most fascinating things to experience,” Williams said in a interview with the Deseret News. “To see the lives blessed since the crash, it has been overwhelming how many positive things have come from it."

What a fantastic movie! Chris Williams lost his pregnant wife and two children in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver. This movie moves through the days and weeks following the accident and shows how he copes with life as a newly single father to two sons, one of them a teenager. There are some flashbacks to the accident and it wasn't a pretty scene.

He moves about in a fog most of the time, which is how I would imagine he would be. The bills are piling up and he's struggling to deal with the reality of his situation. The drunk driver (Curtis) is 17, almost 18, and there's a huge difference in punishment if he is tried as a juvenile or adult. Chris's family is pushing for him to be tried as an adult. Chris struggles with what to do and has his reasons for forgiving Curtis and wanting to help him, which are revealed towards the end.

I had a lump in my throat through most of this movie and there were times when the tears flowed. It's slow which is perfect for the type of movie it is. The acting is superb and the message is amazing. I've heard part of his story before and thought there might be more interaction with Curtis and what they have done since the accident. It doesn't go into that (there is one face to face meeting), but rather shows the importance of how forgiveness helps many people, especially the person who does the forgiving. It's a powerful message and a movie that I would recommend to everyone!


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