Friday, July 24, 2015

Press Film Review: The Good Lie.

07.24.2015 – “The Good Lie” at first appears to be a documentary of Sudan survivors, but as the movie rolls it shows how harsh reality can be somewhere in Africa. The poster lures you away from its true narrative that features Reese Witherspoon.

But the movie tells more about these survivors of their tribe and how they had a second chance at life. It was originally screened during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival a well-deserved movie that teaches us a lesson and importance of life.

In beginning it would appear that this would look like another bio film, but it gives you view about the harsh reality in some remote part of Africa regarding death and violence that some other civilized countries had never experience.

It shows how a group of Sudanese refugees (some of the lost boys of Sudan) go through everyday how to survive. If you think you’re situation is dire straits then you could pick up something here to appreciate how these young men have to through with a very difficult situation dodging bullets and trying to find food in the jungle.

Basically the first part of the film was really hard to watch at the same time show pity how these boys became young men trying to live everyday.

Of course there will be a chance for them to leave this insanity and they’ll take it just to live a better life and this what makes this film more compelling and gives you reason to find content in the life you live at the same time strive to be better moving forward in the rest of their lives.

These first few scenes might not appear to be interesting to you, but just to give another reason why this film deserves a second look is how things unfold in its own pace. Not all ‘slice of life’ movies reveal its story this one takes patience and understanding as their journey moves from the harsh world of Africa to travelling to land of the free in America.

This is not ‘Cool Runnings’ since there’s no sport related in the narrative. But close enough to see how the surviving Sudanese make their journey to America and learning how to fit in. The conflicts of cultural differences are evident and how they adjust to more civilized community. But the journey is not all that drama there are a few humorous instances that will show you understanding how their lifestyle is contrast to living in civilized country.

The film features an interesting cast which already have Reese Witherspoon who is known to star in independent films like this and then you have Corey Stoll. For those who have seen Ant-Man and has no empathy for the Yellowjacket he’s here too.

Overall “The Good Lie” teaches about sacrifice, resilience and finding content in what we have. At the same time learn to appreciate and show respect that not everyone live the same life in other parts of the world. The story is inspiring and relatable in the real world that’s compelling at the same time interesting recommended for everyone to see.

The Good Lie” is an Ayala Cinema Exclusive set to be shown on July 29, 2015. Reserved your tickets at!

RATED: 4 out of 5 Stars

NOTE: This film is screened privately in advance by invitation from Ayala Cinema. This is reviewed and rated personally to build interest about the film.

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