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A Murder of Innocence

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Earnest, faith-driven story falls short; some violence.

Movie NR 2019 103 minutes
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For fans of movies filled with heartfelt messages and affirmation of devout Christian beliefs who don't mind a lack of quality and professionalism, this film may well be a satisfying experience. A Murder of Innocence attempts to be a rare combination of spiritual reminder of God's presence and perfection and a suspenseful mystery. Filmed in the Pacific Northwest with local actors and crew, the performances and production are unpolished at best. Part of the problem: The movie is based on an incident that happened in 1971, from a book about that incident that was written in 1984, and transported to current day. Times have changed even in the small city of Sequim, Washington. Making the movie a period piece might have been better. As it stands, the film includes mostly one-dimensional characters, redundant messages about calling upon God to counter fear, and a plot that hopes to heighten drama by bolstering possible suspects, but falls flat instead.

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