Thursday, February 17, 2011

Most – the Movie ~ Review & Giveaway

CONTEST ENDED!  The winner is commenter #4 – Kimberly.  Congrats! 

My family and I were given the opportunity to review Most – the Deluxe Edition DVD before it’s actual release to the general public on March 1st.  Here is some information about Most:

179873_180236338681473_180221128682994_378465_5389835_n 33-minute short film directed by Bobby Garabedian

MOST, the Czech word for "The Bridge," is a fitting title for this 21st-century parable about a loving father, his young son, and the fateful day when they attempt to head off an impending rail disaster. Hundreds of passengers aboard an oncoming steam train are completely unaware of the danger that looms as they head toward an open drawbridge.

As a desperate young woman witnesses an act of mercy beyond imagination, her life is changed forever—as are the lives of all who see this film. Both heart wrenching and glorious, MOST vividly portrays the greatest offering of love, sacrifice, hope, and forgiveness known to man.

You can learn more about Most on Facebook and Youtube

From the Press Release:

What if everything in our lives came down to one ultimate decision? What if we were forced to choose between all that we know and love … and the welfare of others? What would be the aftermath of this kind of life-altering decision?

In other words, what would John 3:16 look like if it were turned into a modern-day parable? Chances are, it would look like MOST . . .

I don’t want to get into a theological debate here, nor do I claim to have all the answers; but, I do disagree with this movie as a modern-day parable of John 3:16.  Here’s why:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (emphasis mine)

Though, in this movie, the father figure has to make the ultimate sacrifice – choosing between a train filled with people or his own son – it’s NOT the same thing.  God’s giving up His son results in our ETERNAL LIFE – no human being’s sacrifice can ever compare to that. 

So, if I had to choose a Bible verse to relate this movie to, it certainly wouldn’t be John 3:16.  I’d probably choose Romans 8:28, I John 3:16, or John 15:13.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

That being said, I still really appreciated this movie – subtitles and all. I could feel the father’s pain as he recognized the reality that was his son’s sacrifice.  And I was very moved at the end, when he was able to witness some of the  good that came about as a result of what, to him, was a horrible situation.


GIVEAWAY!  I have a 2nd copy of this DVD to give away to one of my readers!  The DVD includes:

  • MOST (33-minute film)
  • Making of MOST (32-minute feature)
  • Bonus Scenes
  • Extended Endings
  • Introduction and Commentary by Luis Palau
  • Study Guide
  • Scoring Sessions (1-minute featurette of symphony recording session)

If you would like to win, please view the trailer (by clicking on the Youtube link above) and come back here and tell me what most appeals to you about this movie.  Simple enough!

For an extra entry, click through the Facebook link and “like” Most.  (Leave a 2nd comment if you do this.)

I’ll select one random winner next Thursday, February 24th, at noon.  GOOD LUCK!

NOTE: I received the movie mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe to be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Beckyb said...

We love family-related movies - I'd LOVE to see this!!

Shannon R said...

Oh Heidi.. thank you! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who didn't fall head over heels in love with this "parable". I guess you articulated better what I was thinking, "Yes, this is a great demonstration of sacrifice for the benefit of others, but no one "believed in the son" and their lives weren't changed for eternity, only extended for the moment" ... you wrote it better.

I have a giveaway at my blog too for the same movie, only I'm worried with this confused press, they might not get much call for it. It's a really good short film... no complaints, but not exactly what it's pressed as being.


Sheri said...

Sacrifice...very sad thing but with glorious results...that and the love of a father. :0)
(and I watched it all w/out sound cuz it is broken on my puter)....

enter me!

Kimberly Kovach said...

I know this story and so sad, yet a good lesson learned. Imagine if you had that choice. Don't know if I could do what he did. No, I am pretty sure I could not.

Kimberly Leui Kovach said...

I did click "like", even though I know it will make me sad to watch it!

MeritK said...

Wow - this looks like such a quality film and I appreciate your commentary on the Biblical implications in it as well- thanks Heidi!

Anonymous said...

This story is in a devoational book Scott has had for a long time. Makes me cry at how modern day it makes it for us.

Lorna Holcombe

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