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The Saratov Approach (2013)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 9 October 2013 (USA)
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This riveting drama tells the true story of two young American Mormon missionaries held captive and brutalized for a week in a remote part of Russia.

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Elder Tuttle
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Nikolai
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Sergei
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Donna Tuttle
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Senator Smith
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This riveting drama tells the true story of two young American Mormon missionaries held captive and brutalized for a week in a remote part of Russia.

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Kidnapped, Ransomed, Saved

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Action | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some violence

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Reféns em Saratov  »

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$90,589 (USA) (15 November 2013)

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$2,137,705 (USA) (28 February 2014)
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According to Andrew Lee Propst, he and Tuttle were blindfolded and had their feet tied together for nearly all of their captivity. Obviously, this would have been hard to film. See more »

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How to ruin a good story on film
8 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, before I get attacked for this review, I want it known that I am LDS. That said, I'm not the type of LDS blindly submissive follower, I'm of the free-thinking variety and as such, this is not a critique of the story or religion. as a person who studied film production in a major university, however, I must say this is one of the most poorly made films I have ever seen in a very long time.

The story is fine, if you can get past the mostly-awful acting, intrusive music, continuously shaky camera work - obviously in competition for the largest number of nauseated viewers since 99's 'The Blair Witch Project' and quite a bit of filler involving 1990's basketball references and ineffective waiting family scenes, you might actually enjoy it.

The film has its moments, two exactly, but the other 100 minutes are not worth watching for those brief moments of redemption. Had this film been made another way, it could have really been something, the basic story is good, the script, screenplay and film production isn't up to par, even considering other low-budget films.

Personally, I wish I would have just bought a ticket to see 'Saving Mr. Banks' or 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' again.


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