prisoners of an empty path


Dear Movie Review Folks:

For the most part, I try to refrain from reading reviews of movies I’m going to see.  I like to judge.

But it’s hard to wander through a showtime listing without getting someone’s take on the flick I’m headed to, and so I wind up guilty of catching the Rotten Tomatoes offerings.  So it went as I tried to find the showtimes for the newly released Prisoners.

Now I’ll leave the actual movie reviews to the folks on RT, and those much better equipped than I to comment on the quality and oscar worthiness of this or any other flick.  I did find it interesting that a theme emerged quickly in the reviews on RT, suggesting that movie goers would be saddled with or consumed by the over arching question that the movie purportedly drives you to ask yourself.

How far would you go?

How far would you go if someone took your kid(s)?

Without disrupting the plot or giving up the goods on the flick, I will share with you that the main character does ask himself this question.  And he answers it.    And I’m guessing that you would gather that it wouldn’t be much of a movie if he answered the question by hanging back and letting the criminal justice system do its thing.  So he takes some action.  A lot of action.

And here’s where we come in.  Here’s where we ask ourselves just what we would be capable of in order to return our child to safety.  Don’t answer yet.  Before you do, take a quick click to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.   This can wait.

You back?  Did you look at some of the missing from your state?  From where you live?

Apparently lost on the theme followers and movie reviewers, is the obvious fact that the protagonist in the movie has a path to follow.  He has something he can do, and so he does it.  Therein lies the critical dimension.

The children and young adults that line the National Center website have parents and siblings and relatives who have answered a not so hypothetical question, likely a million times over in their minds.  They would do anything.  They would go anywhere.  They would sacrifice everything.

They are missing their children.  They are missing a path.

I’m struck by the photos and the time that has passed leaving both the missing and the families, prisoners of a horror filled seemingly endless path.  In many of these cases, while hope remains, the trails are cold and we hold a small part of the path through observation and knowledge of the missing, and support of the National Center.

I guess the movie was OK.  I think the reviewers missed the question.

observationally yours,

Prison Cell

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