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Not Today

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material.

Reviewed by: John Decker
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Primary Audience:
Family Teens Adults
Genre:
Christian Drama
Length:
1 hr. 43 min.
Year of Release:
2013
USA Release:
April 12, 2013
DVD: August 6, 2013
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Relevant Issues
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wealth and poverty

starving people

father sells his daughter, due to his poverty

human-trafficking / slave trade / sexual slaves

dehumanization of millions due to India’s caste system

prayer

how to get involved in ending human trafficking in India

POVERTY—What does the Bible say about the poor? Answer

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

Does God feel our pain? Answer

ORIGIN OF BAD—How did bad things come about? Answer

Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer

Featuring: Cody Longo … Caden Welles
Walid Amini … Kiran
John SchneiderLuke
Shari Wiedmann … Sarah
Cassie Scerbo … Audrey
Justin Baldoni … Eli
Wilson Bethel … Bill
Preston Davis … Z Roy
Persis Karen … Annika
Director: Jon Van Dyke
Producer: Friends Media
Chris Bueno … producer
Denise Bueno … producer
Brent Martz … producer
Jessica Brockardt … associate producer
Steven Ritchie … line producer
Siddhanta Ashdhir … assistant line producer: India
Distributor: Ocean Avenue Entertainment

“None of us are free if one of us is enslaved.”

This is the story of a young man who would be left alone to his toys, to his father’s wealth and to a very nice orange Ferrari. All of this with but a pass, courtesy of his mother and step father who pretty well fit the bill of modern, concerned but largely uninvolved Christian parents. When he ventures with his friends to party in a foreign nation (India), he is confronted with poverty quite foreign to him. His struggle to understand provides an intriguing contrast against the background of third world living. This is a very thoughtful movie which takes us into aspects of real life in India and will wake many up, a bit like “Slumdog Millionaire.” It is also motivated by a core purpose—to raise awareness of modern slavery—a practice without borders, a practice you must spend some time reading about, if you are not familiar, because it’s happening in your backyard—from L.A. To New York, Seattle to Miami, Dallas to Green Bay.

The story is important and timely. The foreign characters in this film are quite unique—from the youngest lady who has a unique and consistent innocence, to her father who is naïve in his innocence and brave in his desperation. The film starts out with some partying in the soon-to-be-changed-forever life of this young college age boy. None of the ladies are particularly revealing in their clothing or any such thing. There is an introduction to shot glasses and this carnal college lifestyle, an introduction which may be displeasing to some. It passes after probably a half hour. It’s the kind of mild carnal education your kids might get if your vehicle meandered by the local “scene” downtown, except with longer skirts and less open sexuality, in general, most likely. There would be a good opportunity to talk to them about some things on such a drive, wouldn’t it?

The first part of this film could open some such conversations about how the world does things and what the consequences are, assuming these conversations have not happened in your family. Assuming you see the importance in being the one, as your child’s parent, to open their eyes.

I admire this film for what it accomplishes in art, in raising awareness of that crucial issue of modern slavery, in general, and modern sex slavery in particular—done without lewdness or anything inappropriate in the India portion of the movie, mind you. That could not possibly have been an easy task. And it gives us a glimpse into the result of a world further down the moral, cultural and ethical spiral of Godless government than we are currently—of a world where prejudice is law, bias is deemed necessary, where the natural conscience of God-given rights was long ago traded for the security blanket of government granted rights, rules and regulations.

The toughest aspect of this film is the central topic. Again, the movie has very little sexuality, but misused sexuality is pivotal to the story and core to what the artists intend the audience to come away with. It’s meant to awaken.

The girl asks her papa, “will this be the day when the world ends?” Not if good men stand for what is right it isn’t… Not Today.

Violence: Minor / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: Minor

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