To End All Wars

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What Is It?

During World War II, a group of Scottish solders have surrendered. One American, cut off from his own troop, has joined them. Now, in a Japanese prison camp, the men quickly realize there is no escape, so they look for a way to survive. Here we see personalities, cultures, and world views clash, not just between the captors and their captives, but between the individual characters. Based on a true story and book by the same name, this is the first film by screenwriter Brian Godawa to make it to production (he also adapted “the Visitation“by Frank Peretti).

How Was It?

This was a bit slow at first. The film makers seem to be trying to preserve the book by using lots of voice overs. It gets going though as you meet all the players and see who they are. Then it is just exciting. The film uses actual photos from the prison camp along with photos of the actors. These blend very nicely and provide for a great effect. There is also Kiefer Sutherland, While he’s not the main focus here, he is always entertaining and adds some great mood to the film.

Is It Good For Kids?

It’s an R Rated P.O.W. film. www.ScreenIt.com does not seem to list this film, but it contains cussing, violence, and war atrocities….

(Though I do not believe anyone ever takes the Lord’s name in vaine, wich is very cool.)

How about Spiritual Issues?

(Anything I say here is going to be a SPOILER.)

The P.O.W.s start a school as a way for them to keep their dignity and to grow mentally. They begin with a study of Plato‘sRepublic and the question of “What Is Justice?”. Soon they add Shakespeare and The Bible (That’s right!). The Bible then teaches them how to do things like be self-sacrificing and love your enemies, which they live out to an amazing degree.

What Is Your Recommendation?

If you can handle a well done P.O.W. film (nothing is gratuitous, but it is a P.O.W. camp), then there is so much here. This is an inspiring film that you need to see.

 B00021R7BM To End All Wars DVD

0007118481 To End All Wars Book

0830823212 Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films With Wisdom & Discernment by Brian Godawa

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