Just Let Go
In the face of tragedy, Chris Williams made the most important decision of his life. On a cold night in 2007, a devoted father of four and a seventeen-year-old drunk driver both received life sentences. In one violent, devastating instant, each face a drastically different future. But as Chris Williams sat in a demolished vehicle, realizing that his wife, unborn baby, nine-year-old daughter, and eleven-year-old son had just been killed, he committed to do something extraordinary: he would forgive. Chris Williams' story is the cinematic tale of how someone can forgive despite the desire for revenge that surfaces within the dark corners of the human heart—showing the world that hope, love and forgiveness can overcome all when you just let go.
- Bonus Features
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Forgiveness Challenge
- "Rise and Fall" music video from Ryan Innes (NBC's The Voice)
- Just Let Go—A forgiveness discussion with Delilah
Region: All regions
Running Time: 106 min.
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
MY WITNESS, MY TESTIMONY— AN INVITATION FROM CHRIS WILLIAMS
I would invite those who need to forgive others, or to forgive themselves, to "just let go" of that which can't be controlled, and focus instead on what can be; our decision to have faith in Jesus Christ, assured that we will obtain his peace. No offense can ever take that choice from us.
Many have wondered why I would agree to have something so personally painful recreated in a movie. Part of the Saviors healing in my life has blessed me with a different perspective on that scene. My experience with the Savior and the Spirit while still seated in the car after the impact and while laying on my back in the emergency room is now as sacred to me as if I had been standing on mount Sinai or in a holy sanctuary.
The confirmation that my wife and children are safe in paradise, combined with the personal instruction I received that night have changed my perspective forever. It helps me to weekly remember the healing and hope of Christ’s atonement even though that involved recounting the cruelty of the cross and the admonition to endure our own.
When I contemplate the warnings against pride, contention and revenge from Book of Mormon prophets to us in our day, I feel that forgiveness, hope and healing can keep us from the societal self-destruction that claimed two civilizations they wrote about.
This movie is an inspiring and hopeful depiction that faith in Christ, hope for a better day, and charity motivated by His enduring love for the one can keep us anchored when the storms of life rage around us.
The enabling power of grace can give us with strength to forgive while experiencing His miraculous ability to heal. Trusting that ultimately no one can escape consequence, there is freedom in forgiveness that propels us through the powerful emotions that come when we are offended, without having them stop our healing.
As I reflect back on the years since the crash, I am consistently reminded that, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, I am nothing, and He is everything.
Just let go, move forward, and be healed.
By Bronson Lauper, Submitted on 2016-05-25
The acting is first rate, but the movie is not faithful to the story in the book: it downplays LDS elements to play to a broader Christian crowd, and manipulates parts of the chronology and content. That bugs me.
By Bonnie Harris, Submitted on 2016-02-02
This was a fascinating movie, although I had a hard time with some of it. I knew about the heartbreaking story and the basic details, but to see it on screen made it more real and that much more powerful. It is a life-changing story for anyone to witness, let alone live through. However, in the beginning I had a difficult time with all the switching back and forth between flashbacks and reality. Sometimes it took me awhile to figure out which time frame I was in. Then, with the movie being based on a true story, I found myself wondering through the entire movie if that was what really happened or was it artistic liberties being taken. If anything it made me want to read the book LET IT GO by Chris Williams himself. I thought the movie was very tastefully done and is an incredible example of forgiveness and letting things go that can and probably would potentially ruin us. I would recommend it to almost anyone. There are graphic images and discussions on the details of the crash that younger viewers should watch with parental guidance.
By Stephanie, Submitted on 2016-01-28
I procrastinated watching this movie. I didn't want to grieve. I didn't want to cry. But, I did it anyway... What a powerful message. You may already be familiar with the story of Chris Williams. His story, so tragic and so poignant, is true. One evening, while driving with his family, they were hit by a drunk driver. Two of his children, and his wife and unborn child, were killed. Chris and 2 sons were all that remained of his boisterous family. The drunk driver, a 17-year-old boy named Curtis, walked away with minor injuries. Chris spent weeks going through the motions of live and began to live through, what the physical therapist referred to as "a year of firsts." As Chris began trial proceedings for the accident, the fact that Curtis was a juvenile weighed heavy on his heart. The prosecution was pushing to have him tried as an adult and brought to justice but that would mean 30+ years in prison. That is a long time for a young man who, according to Chris, has "already been given a life sentence." In a flashback he is reminded that sometimes "we do things in life that doesn't make sense..." Forgiveness doesn't always make sense, but, Chris found a way to just let go...
This movie offers hope for all of us in the face of unspeakable tragedy. This movie will change lives. It was sad...of course it was...I needed multiple tissues to get through, but this movie also offered a beautiful triumph of forgiveness, justice, love and mercy.
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2016-01-13
I remember reading Chris Williams' book, Let it Go, and loving it when it came out a few years ago. I was really excited to get to watch this movie. I thought that for the most part it was really well done.
I thought that the characters were believable and really well cast. Henry Ian Cusick did a great job playing Chris Williams, I loved just how he seemed almost confused and living in a dream world after the accident. Like pretty much anyone would be. I also thought that the actors who played his sons did a great job.
The one thing that seemed a bit odd to me was the portrayal of Chris Williams' religion. He was the Bishop of an LDS ward at the time of the accident, and I would have thought that it would have been done more like Cokeville Miracle, where you could tell that it was LDS if you knew what you were looking for, but if you didn't it just seemed Christian. This one looks nothing like an LDS ward building, although they call him Bishop and show the Bishopric sitting on the stand. Just a little confusing.
I liked the way that the plot was done. There are lots of flashbacks of what happened in the accident. And I really liked that you don't quite no where his attitude towards the young man who killed half of his family comes from, until the very end when it's revealed.
This is one of those movies that you want to be careful showing your kids. The accident scenes are a bit graphic and there are a few mild swear words. It's PG-13 and there's a reason for that!
This is a great movie about forgiveness and isn't that really something that each and everyone of us needs in our lives everyday in one way or another?
By Mindy Holt, Submitted on 2016-01-13
This movie was so well done. The acting is suburb. I am a huge fan of Henry Ian Cusick's work. He does an amazing job of portraying Mr. Williams (who I think has a cameo in the movie). I enjoyed how the movie jumped back and forth to different events. The accident, the trial, Chris's memories with his wife and children that died. I loved the scene where he takes his surviving sons to watch the sunrise and shares a tragic event from his past with them. Another scene that was so touching was when Chris was in the garage, struggling with putting bins away, and a jar of seashells drops on the ground and breaks. He then loses control of his emotions and his sons hear him struggling. One is sitting outside the garage and the other calls him on the phone, seriously amazing scene. As touching as this whole movie was, my favorite part was the end where Chris is meeting with Curtis and answering Curtis's questions. I get tears now thinking about it. What an amazing man Chris is and what an awe-inspiring example of faith and forgiveness he is.
I received a DVD copy from the distributor in exchange for an honest review.