Saturday, October 27, 2012

1 Message --- Hope is only a click away

As has been apparent everywhere you look these days, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  (As someone who lost my best friend to ovarian cancer, I often wonder things like “Where’s the teal?” and “Why aren’t we promoting other female cancers?”)  However, I have had friends and relatives who have battled breast cancer also.  So, when I heard about the film 1 Message, and was presented with the opportunity to review it, I agreed.

Have you heard of 1 Message?  If not, here’s a bit about it:

51izM1m8dKL._SL500_AA300_Becca had it all: beauty, a successful fiancé, and the job of her dreams. Everything was going according to her plan until the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the blink of an eye, her entire life came crashing down around her.

The fiancé ran off with some new fling. The dream job wouldn’t wait for her to get better. The toll cancer took on her body made her feel like less than a woman. Broken and alone, she refused to leave the house. She wanted cancer to finish what it started. But in her darkest hour, she found a mysterious ray of hope in the most unlikely of places.

My family watched this film together.  It’s long – over 2 hours.  And there are times when the storyline seems to drag a bit, or the acting is less than stellar. However, there’s an underlying story there that is heartwrenching.  If you can watch this movie without shedding a tear, there’s something wrong. 

You see, Becca is a young, beautiful woman who is suddenly faced with breast cancer and a double mastectomy.  She falls into a deep depression and basically becomes a hermit. Her brother is the only person in her life who visits.

Things change for Becca when her brother gifts her with a computer and she meets someone online.  She is able to open up and talk to him – sometimes in a not-so-nice manner too.  He always responds with gracious, kind answers that eventually encourage her to step outside her cozy little comfort zone and feel again. 

Throughout the movie, I found myself questioning – “Is this guy for real?”  She does meet him eventually; and the movie’s climax will definitely surprise you. 

If your life has been affected by cancer in any way, this movie will have special meaning for you.  It’s worth watching.

1 Message is based on the book by Mary T. Lennox, and is a Jefferson Moore film, produced by Kelly’s Filmworks.

NOTE: I received a free copy of the above mentioned film from a larry ross communications.  I was not required to write a positive review and I was not reimbursed for this review in any way. 

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