The Saratov Approach Director: Garrett Batty Writer: Garrett Batty Rating: PG-13 Released: 2013 Genre: Action, Drama
I spent my Saturday night watching The Saratov Approach, newly out on DVD, with my husband. I had seen it while on a brief visit to Calgary’s movie theaters, but I wanted to watch it together so that I could ask him his opinions on the matter, seeing as how he was a missionary at about the same time that this occurred.
The movie is a based on the true events of two LDS (Mormon) American missionaries who are serving for their church in Russia. They are kidnapped, bound, blindfolded and beaten. They are taken to a remote cabin and tied for 5 days. The movie becomes about the HOW and WHY rather than the what, because we know how the movie ends before it begins. We know that they make it home alive, but there are so many questions to ask.
Compared to other church type movies, The Saratov Approach is not the cheesy satire movie you would expect. Considering that the entire story takes place in a house where nobody can move, the story manages to be fast paced and interesting. The actors looked a bit old to be playing 19 year old missionaries, and I think in real life they are in their mid thirties? Once you get over that fact, the acting was great.
[su_quote]I always say, if your going to get shot, I would rather it be on a dirty Russian mattress.[/su_quote]
Final Verdict: Worth Watching! 4.5 / 5 Stars