To Save a Life (Blu-ray Review)1 Aug, 2010 By: Daniel Xu
Box Office $3.8 million
$24.96 DVD, $34.95 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for mature thematic elements involving teen suicide, teen drinking, some drug content, disturbing images and sexuality.
Stars Randy Wayne, Deja Kreutzberg, Joshua Weigel, Robert Bailey Jr., Sean Michael Afable, Bubba Lewis, Steven Crowder.
Jake Taylor (Randy Wayne) is the star of his basketball team, has the school’s hottest girl as his girlfriend and a prime university scholarship. His life couldn’t be better — until the childhood best friend he cast aside in pursuit of high-school popularity commits public suicide.
Based loosely on The Fray’s hit song “How to Save a Life,” this film advocates inclusiveness and compassion in teenage social circles. The message is common to teen flicks, but To Save a Life makes a valiant yet prudent effort to examine the issue’s dark consequences — clearly the works of writer-producer Jim Britts, a youth pastor with real life experiences guiding struggling teens.
Along Jake’s way of evaluating his life’s meaning (and finding God — this is a Christian film after all), the film picks up subplots dealing with teen pregnancy, abortion, school violence, parents’ divorce, drinking and drugs.
The drama’s production value far surpasses the average church-made feature film. Director Brian Baugh’s skillful pacing and competent acting by Wayne and other lead actors combine to produce a movie that — although not The Breakfast Club by any stretch — should no less highlight troubled youths’ cry for help front and center.