Last month I received an invitation to go to the world premier of Saints and Soldiers - The Void. I was told I could bring a guest. I ignored the invitation because I was worried I might not like it. I thought the first Saints and Soldiers was really well done. It was touching and gritty and emotional. So when the second one came out (Saints and Soldiers - Airborne Creed), I bought the DVD and we watched it as a family. We really didn't like it much. The whole romance angle felt contrived and I never felt emotionally connected to the movie. That's why at first I ignored the invitation.
Then I told my family about it and my teenage son wanted to go and everyone thought I was crazy to not take the chance to go to a world premier for free. So I RSVPed and Joe and I attended the premier.
I've never been to a premier before. The director said a few words and then the movie started. When the character Sgt. Jesse Owens came on the screen, Joe leaned over and whispered, "I think that's him sitting right there." Sure enough, K. Danor Gerald was sitting just a few seats away from us on our row.
And much to my relief, I really liked the movie. A lot. The characters were interesting and there was emotion and great conflict and a satisfying resolution. I was so glad it was so well done so I could encourage all of you to to go to it and I'd know I wouldn't be encouraging you to waste your time or money.
After the movie, the actors, the director, and the producer took questions. I enjoyed that part a lot. The movie is quite serious and it was fun to see the actors joking and teasing each other and it was interesting to learn some of the logistics of filming the movie. I found out it was filmed in the foothills just a couple of miles from where I live. Crazy.
Joe and I both liked the movie a lot and I feel confident that most moviegoers will enjoy it. When a new movie comes out, the first weekend is crucial. Fair or not, that first weekend determines how long the movie will be in theaters. So if you're going to go, I'd encourage you to go this weekend to help it get off to a good start.