To Save a Life

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To Save a Life

Postby ktfahel » Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:55 pm

A movie I saw recently was "To Save a Life".

Two young boys, Jake and Roger, are friends. One day, Roger saves Jake by pushing him out of the way of an oncoming car, resulting in Roger getting injured. As they grow older, they grow apart, as Jake becomes the BMOC and big sports star in school while Roger, due to his injury, is left behind. One day Roger comes into the school with a gun: he fires it into the air, causing everyone to panic and duck. Jake approaches Roger, trying to talk him down. Roger looks at Jake...and kills himself with the gun.

The rest of the movie deals with Jake trying to make sense of his life in the aftermath, and how that life is drastically changed.

I loved this movie because it is fairly realistic in a lot of its portrayals. Stereotypes are stepped on, and things you predict will happen...don't. It shows how you can't really judge anyone by their background or their circumstances. It also doesn't pretend to have ALL of the answers.

Highly recommended.
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