I recently attended a preview of the Cokeville Miracle, a new film about a real elementary school hostage crisis that took place in 1989. The Cokeville Miracle was written and directed by T.C. Christensen, who is best known for the films 17 Miracles and Ephraim’s Rescue. It is produced by Mormons but does not make overt references to the LDS faith. However, to anyone familiar with the LDS faith and culture, the Mormonism in this film will be obviously apparent.
I checked my watch in confusion when the hostage crisis ended in the film. It didn’t seem like the movie had lasted long enough to be over yet, and it wasn’t. The movie continues after the crisis ends, following one of the parents of the child hostages as he tries to process the horrific event. It is refreshing to see a film probe into the aftermath of violence, instead of stopping with the action, but the transition between these two parts of the film is a little rough. It almost seems like the film is two short films of completely different genres glued together. The first part of the film feels like a crime/action movie, with the audience looking on omnisciently. The last half is more like a promotional religious film, told from the perspective of one of the people affected. The last half of the film almost feels like one person’s testimony, illustrated in video.Read More