Wednesday, October 9 2013, 03:14 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Saratov Appraoch
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Garrett Batty
Starring: Corbin Allred, Maclain Nelson, Nikita Bogolyubov
Genre: Action, Drama
Recommended To: Those looking for a solid thriller with an uplifting message that does well with its modest budget.
Synopsis: A pair of LDS Missionaries are kidnapped and held for ransom while serving in Russia.
Review: Based on real events The Saratov Approach is a good story told effectively by writer/director Garrett Batty and his small cast. It’s a no-frills sort of production that is rough around the edges, but never feels like a victim to its limited budget. Actors Corbin Allred and Maclain Nelson are clearly too old for their missionary roles (by a decade or so), but their performances are good enough to keep the age discrepancy from being too much of a distraction. Batty’s script doesn’t feel weighed down by any sort of religious agenda. There’s a lot of Mormonism on display, but rarely does it feel forced or overplayed.
-Ryan Michael Painter