The Saratov Approach is a true story about 2 young men who went to Russia to serve missions for the LDS church. While on their mission they were kidnapped in Saratov, Russia and held hostage for $300,000. Here is the trailer for the movie.
Just watching the trailer makes me want to go see it again. This movie was directed and written by Garret Batty. Sometimes when I watch movies of a serious nature the whole movie can be so draggy and/or intense the whole movie. This movie not only has it's intense moments, but comedic relief and breaths of fresh air. The story moved and progressed perfectly. I also loved the ending. All to often the movie ends with the seen of the victims free and running away in the snow, with a quick blurb of where they are today. I loved that this movie went further. How did they get back home? How did their families react? and so forth.
The acting in this is phenomenal. Corbin Allred portrays the roller coaster of inner emotions spot on. He is and has always been an actor to keep your eye on in my mind. I wish I could expand on how great the acting was, but there is no better words or ways to describe it. They nailed the emotions so much on the head that at times I found my heart racing with them because I felt like I was right in the room with them.
Although this movie is what is considered "low budget" I would never have guessed. I thought it was so well put together and done. Keep in mind this is a true story. The actual victims helped in the process of the movie making. That is why I recommend bringing tissues to this movie. A rare request from me, I assure you. The movie could be easily daunting and horrific, but it is uplifting and full of hope. An inspiring message for anyone trying to overcome any kind of struggle. "Light always overcomes darkness" is a common theme through the movie.
Check out their Facebook page. If you go see the movie before October 14th you can get their soundtrack for free! The more people that see it, and spread the word, the faster it can go to other theaters outside of Utah. You can also request it to your area at