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Unbridled (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama | 18 January 2019 (USA)
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Based on true to life stories at Equine Assisted Therapy centers including Corral Riding Center in North Carolina, UNBRIDLED tells a tremendous story of redemption and triumph, with a ... See full summary »

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John David Ware

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Bonné Bartron (as Bonne Bartron), Christy McGlothlin (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Roger Donigal
T.C. Stallings ... Detective Mitchell Sangrin
Téa Mckay ... Sarah Miller
Dey Young ... Karen Miller
Jenn Gotzon ... Felicity Clawson
David Topp ... Kenny Brachner
Rachel Hendrix ... Cassie Davis
Rusty Martin Sr. ... Gerald Honor
Dakota Lee Dakota Lee ... Brittany
Lindsley Register ... Stacy
Savannah Goldsmith ... Cameron
Brittney Level ... Alison Sangrin
Melissa Lozoff ... Pamela Schutte
Nikko Austen Smith ... Mary
Avery Arnold Avery Arnold ... Elizabeth
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Based on true to life stories at Equine Assisted Therapy centers including Corral Riding Center in North Carolina, UNBRIDLED tells a tremendous story of redemption and triumph, with a message of unconditional love, with teenage girls overcoming formidable obstacles and living a fulfilling life in spite of adverse circumstances. UNBRIDLED is a story that dives deep in the human heart, and shines a light on the goodness and altruism of authentic people who view life as greater than themselves. UNBRIDLED is Inspiring Heartwarming Captivating Uplifting Refreshing Wholesome Enjoyable Encouraging Touching Delightful Memorable UNBRIDLED is a true to life story that exposes the atrocities of abuse, neglect, and trauma and the healing and redemption experienced by girls and horses who have suffered the same types of abuse. UNBRIDLED showcases how every life matters, no matter how damaged,and that redemption is just around the corner when lives will be made whole again. An emotionally gripping,... Written by Gerald McGlothlin

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A true to life story that exposes the atrocities of abuse, neglect and sex trafficking and the healing and redemption experienced by girls and horses who have suffered the same types of abuse.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including some disturbing images
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In the first week of the filming of Unbridled in Raleigh, North Carolina, there was an ice storm that rendered a normal 10-minute drive into a 2-hour drive for some of the cast & crew. But the problem with shutting down for a day was that actor TC Stallings would not have been able to finish all 5 days of his film schedule since he was scheduled to speak before 2,000 people in Las Vegas immediately following his last scheduled day on set. So, there was no choice but to shoot since that would have shut down the production. So, Executive Producer agreed to pick up all cast and crew who didn't have snow tires or who felt uncomfortable driving under the conditions. Everyone made it on set to finish the day's shoot to stay on time but it was a close call. See more »

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Touching, but a bit clumsy...

The premise of this movie is pretty disturbing. A teenage girl's mother is dating a man who has been renting her out for other men to abuse. As if that weren't bad enough, her mother is fully aware of the situation. She's just too drunk (by her own hand and by her boyfriend's coaxing) to be of any help to her daughter.

The situation begins to change when a teenage boy who goes to school with her notices that something's wrong. After some strange behavior on her part and the boy being taken aside by a teacher, the situation becomes clear. The girl is then taken away from her mother and placed in a group home, and shortly after, she ends up joining the equine therapy program.

(All of this is largely written out in summaries and is evident within the first few minutes, so nothing is being given away here.)

The depiction of the group home and the equine therapy program are both very realistic. Wounded teenagers, sometimes inappropriate, sometimes tender and caring, sometimes just trying to be kids, are shown as they try to recover from their own individual versions of Hell. While childhood sexual abuse isn't everyone's issue, it's a common denominator for many characters. The movie walks a line in terms of how much detail to depict and describe, perfectly choosing just enough so that the viewer can understand the severity and empathize, but not so much that the viewer ends up wounded by the experience, and in licking their own wounds, neglects to take in the experience of the characters on screen. The diversity of their experiences are rich, showing that these issues occur in many different family situations, that pain is a very individual thing, and that everyone has a story which is often hidden at first glance.

I was impressed with how the movie used its limited time. The situations that characters were shown in were never wasted. Every scene gave some depth to one character or another and none of them seemed wasted or superficial. (There are very few movies, particularly these days, that I could say that about.) In addition, a lot of serious issues were addressed - substance abuse, childhood sexual abuse, trust issues, trafficking minors, how humans and animals both deal with trauma, and how the system (the state) and community play a part in discouraging or encouraging these issues.

In all honesty, I'd give this movie an 8.5 if it weren't for a single line that felt so out of place that I actually shouted: "What?!" - then ended up rewinding the film just to see if I heard it wrong. It was like watching The Silence of the Lambs and seeing Hannibal Lecter pause for a moment to muse on how cute fluffy bunny rabbits are. I don't know why they added that line in. The notes about the film say that they had some issues with filming. Maybe there were other scenes cut or this was a last-minute addition. That could explain things, because it really did seem like an afterthought.

I won't give away the line, so as not to spoil things for anyone. I will say that it was around 1:44:30 (at the end of the film). You may not take it the same way I did. But, for me, it really threw a wrench in the gears.

Even with that issue, I'd still recommend the film (though with the warning to not be surprised if a line seems out of place). It is a really good film up until that point. If you can ignore that line or if you take it in a different way, you may even come out enjoying it more than I do.

As a final note, Jean Gotzon (one of the cast members) has been in a few other movies with religious overtones (one of them had terrible reviews, accusing the film of religious homophobia). This film mentioned religion once or twice, but it wasn't really a theme, if you're concerned about it.


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18 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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