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Movie Review - The Last Descent

Today I have a departure from my normally book driven schedule to tell you about a great movie opening in theaters near you tomorrow. This movie is The Last Descent.

About the movie: When John Edward Jones climbed down into Nutty Putty Cave in November of 2009 he wasn’t prepared for the adventure ahead of him. As he explored a
lesser-known area of the cave, he slid down into a narrow impasse 10 inches high
and 18 inches wide. Stuck upside down for over 28 hours, John was left with few
options but to call for help. The unique topography and geological makeup of
Nutty Putty cave created intense difficulties for the rescue team that risked
everything to save John’s life. Over 150 feet below the surface and the end of
over a thousand feet of tunnels, a unique friendship is formed as John and his
rescuers share their lives, loves, losses and dreams. As the rescue attempt
proceeds John unfolds the turns in his life that show what is most important, and
he tells the story of a love worth risking everything for.

Here's a movie trailer for you to watch!




My review: Wow, this movie really touched me. I spent a good deal of it in tears and not pretty ones at that! I remember hearing about John and how he was stuck in the cave and didn't make it, but there were a lot of details about his situation that I didn't remember. And there's no way that I could have known the story of his life, but this film shows that.

I loved the actors in the movie, especially Josh, his wife and the rescuer Aaron. I thought that they all did an amazing job portraying the characters that they were supposed to portray. 

I will admit that the scenes where they are caving in the cave were a bit claustrophobic for me. That shows you just how real it seems. I really felt from the way that they filmed it that I was down in the cave with John and it really felt scary. I liked the way they showed Aaron and John conversing about their respective lives amid the danger that John faced, and that Aaron appeared to have learned from John and wanted to change. And I LOVED the part where Aaron and John sing "Come Thou Font of Every Blessing." That was beautiful, touching and it brought tears to my eyes.

I knew from the start that this movie would not have a truly happy ending, but I thought that the ending was beautiful. It is a fitting tribute to John, his family, and his life. Make sure you go see it!

You can find out more about the movie and about where you can see it here.

I was sent a link to watch this movie in exchange for an honest review.

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