Against the Sun
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It is an unusual story of epic proportions, and well told. I was mesmerized to say the least upon seeing three men’s courage, inventiveness, determination, strong tenacity of survival, and yes, their devotion to God. I felt the pain they suffered as well as the joy they experienced in this true tale of adventure. My only question is why it took so long to make it into a film.
These type of movies are not for everyone. I have seen most of this genre. We have Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat", Tom Hank's "Cast Away", "Swiss Family Robinson", "Shipwrecked", "Unbroken", "Sea Wife", "Robinson Crusoe"...I mean the list goes on and on...I am probably not thinking of or missing some other great films here. What my point is that considering what they had to work with budget wise, this is a very well made movie. Yes, it has it's production flaws, and I don't know who any of the actors are, but in a way, that is what makes it more real. "Against the Sun" is not a home run movie for the casual fan. Many may not like it at all. However, for those of us history freaks, we will take what we can get in 2015. Why? Because most movies today are all about CGI, superheroes, transformers, video games and things like that.
Finally, this is one of those movies where you need to watch the special features. It will only take about 10 minutes as they are short production clips, maybe 7 or 8 in all. But these will give you a greater appreciation of how the movie was made. Thank you The American Film Company. I look forward to watching your future movies based on history and facts.