Strong performances, excellent direction and powerful story made THE LAST DESCENT well worth watching. Unfortunately LDS viewers will likely avoid the experience because it is too real. We seem to be able to accept hardships in our films if it involves our pioneers but shy away from true modern stories like FREETOWN, THA SARATOV APPROACH, JUST LET GO and this one because they are too close to home. A parent sending a child on a mission finds their fears surfacing when they see SARATOV and the tragedy of losing family members is too hard to experience in JUST LET GO. Challenges in our lives are part of the mortal experience and a well made film (or written book) helps give us strength and understanding to meet our trials. I for one am grateful for filmmakers who do an honest job of telling difficult stories. THE LAST DESCENT could offer the viewer and a family the opportunity to talk about being careful about choices that we make and realizing that sometimes they can lead us to a tragic ending.
I previously reviewed this movie and only gave it one star. That isn't right. It was a really good and well done movie but for me one that was very, very sad. To correct my rating to what I should have given before I am rating it 3 stars.
Definitely need a box of tissues handy. The movie itself is well done and shows life as it really happens but it left me feeling sad and my heart aching for all involved for several days. A one time watch only for me.
When I received a request to view this film for review, I was very hesitant. I am not good with tragedies. I knew how this one was going to end. I took my time responding to the request and missed the tour. The wonderful publicist (Thanks Michelle) sent me a copy to review even though I missed the tour.
The DVD begins with the birth of a baby boy and then takes the viewer to meeting John, his wife, his daughter, and his brother, Josh. The movie starts out with the brothers going to Nutty Putty Cave to explore. I honestly paced around as he went off on his own. It took a bit for me to settle myself down to listen as John tells of his life and his family.
While the movie is full of heartbreak, there is peace and hope. I enjoyed watching how Search and Rescue keeps hope up in terrible situations. The fact is that this tragedy affected many wonderful people. I also enjoyed the flashbacks as he talked about meeting his wife and other key life events.
When all seems lost, there is hope. That is the message of the movie. There is peace and hope.
Ugh. It's almost impossible to review movies like this one. It's based on a true story and honestly, it's just sad. I know it was supposed to inspire me, and I came out of it feeling extraordinarily grateful, but I was just not inspired. I was sad.
John Jones and his brother decide to go explore the Nutty Putty cave in Utah. They weren't well equipped and they just shouldn't have gone in that cave as unprepared as they were. It is well know to be dangerous. Long story short is John gets stuck. Wedged in an impossible position, upside down. It's horrifying.
My gratitude expands for the many, many people who fought so hard to save him. Emergency crews, rescue crews, the sheriff's department, doctors and so many more, working so hard and trying for so long. So many people giving their all to try to save this one man from a very dangerous circumstance at personal risk to them all. That is amazing to me and shows the best part of humanity.
As the movie goes on, we get glimpses into John's past, including the courtship of his wife. It's a sweet story, but just made the reality of his situation all the more heartbreaking. John is a champion through it all- so humble and grateful. But in the end, he still dies. It's just sad. The whole deal. Sad.
So, if you want a tear jerker story- this is your movie. If you are into movies based on true stories, then you should check this one out. If you have a loved one who loves to explore caves, you should NOT watch this movie. :)
I knew going in to this that it would be emotional since it documents the final hours of John Jones' life in the Nutty Putty Cave. He gets caught in a hole in the cave very early on and we get flashbacks of his life as a rescue worker stays with him until they can pull him out.
This movie is well done! There are a few intense scenes when John gets stuck and then when the rescuers attempt to pull him out. He reflects on his life and expresses his regrets as well as the things that have brought him great joy. His relationship with his wife, Emily, was what he focused on the most, and it was interesting to hear their story. Most of his conversations happen with a rescue worker named Aaron, who takes a deep interest in John and is determined to get him out alive. I enjoyed all the actors and thought they did a great job portraying the different characters and bringing this story to life.
The bottom line on this movie is that, yes, it's hard to watch at times due to John's suffering, but there are happy parts as well. It contains a powerful message which will stick with me for a long time!
I received a copy to view. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars! I thought it was well done. The actors did a great job, and I was totally sucked into the story. It's difficult to watch in some parts because of his suffering, but there are many important lessons and morals to be learned. There's no profanity or "intimacy" beyond a few brief kisses. There isn't any violence either, but the man is trapped underground in a cave, upside down, for over 24 hours, and it's really hard to watch him suffer. It has a PG rating, but I would recommend it for kids and adults 13 years-old and up. I think it's a little too much for those younger viewers. You may read my full review on my blog: the-readathon.blogspot.com.
I'm a big fan of a happy ending, so when I was given the chance to review The Last Descent (a film based on the true story of a failed rescue attempt) I was a bit hesitant. However, my curiosity won out-I knew there must be more to this film than just depicting the loss. When the DVD arrived I started second guessing my decision to review it, BUT I am really happy that I took the time to watch this beautiful film.
It is definitely sad, but not a crushing, depressing sadness. There are scenes of joy and light throughout the film (mostly through flashbacks), and the way it ends actually feels hopeful and happy.
When the credits were rolling I had some questions. A day later I'm still thinking about the movie (and isn't that a sign of powerful art-when you keep thinking about it?). This is based on a true story, but obviously with over 127 viewpoints (at least that many people were involved in the rescue attempt), it does take artistic license. I wanted Aaron (the lead rescuer) to be real, and I wanted to know more about him. He's a composite of many rescuers; however, I'm left hoping that both through the actual event and this film that peoples lives were (or will be) touched.
The Last Descent is a film worth watching.
I didn't realize this was a "not a happy ending" movie and so we watched it for family night. Not a good idea. This left us all depressed and uneasy. Some members in my family even had bad dreams about it. I was unfamiliar with the story of John Jones and naively bought it--do your homework on the movie first to see if it is something for you or your family.
The camera shots and editing in the beginning were a little dizzying, but the rest of movie was fine. We did enjoy the flashback scenes. I only gave it 2 stars because of the depressing impact it had on our family.