Thursday, December 16, 2010

Review: The Least Among You

The Least Among You

If you are a person who only likes to watch movies that sweep you along from one intense moment to the next, making you sit on the edge of your seat, then this movie is not for you. If you are a person who only likes movies that end with the boy getting the girl, this movie is not for you either. This is not a sci-fi thriller, not a futuristic fantasy, not a western nor a documentary. This is a movie that examines what it is that makes us humans. It is a look back at a history of our nation that some would like to forget and others still live. It is a soul-searching drama that makes you “feel”, and makes you want the main character to excel. It is “inspired” by a true story.

But what exactly does that mean, “inspired” by a true story. Movies inspired by or based on true stories often contain only the barest hint of the truth behind the story. Often, Hollywood takes true stories and use artistic license to shape and form the story into something that will sell without worrying too much about the truth until they have wandered so far from the real story that it is almost unrecognizable as the reality it is based on. I wondered about this movie given this fact. How “true” was this story?

Fortunately, the DVD has special features that answer that question fairly well. The main character in real life has a different name then in the movie. But much of the story…the “core” of this drama, is indeed true-to-life. In view of this fact, I found this movie to be well worth the viewing and would recommend it to my family and friends with the disclaimer that it is a real-life drama.

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