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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Portrays the savagery of war and political upheaval. Journalists are shown to be valiant warriors themselves. Honors its real-life subject for his passion and commitment to the besieged populations in war-torn cities. A cautionary tale about how good intentions may lead to tragic consequences.
Positive Role Models
Based on true incidents. The central character, a multitalented artist, is idealistic, courageous, determined, and thoughtful. However, a degree of naivete dooms his mission. In spite of the danger, the journalists (both male and female) depicted are committed to record events and reveal the outrages inflicted on the innocent. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Violent war footage, including many visuals of the aftermath of massacres: bodies dead, bleeding, skinned, burned. A soldier is slashed by a sword. Explosions, populations under fire from helicopters. Civilians (including children) run for their lives. Actual photographs of children who died of starvation. Journalists are ambushed by forces of a warlord. Mob violence; important characters are stoned and beaten. Character reveals that she was a victim of sexual mutilation as a child.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sensual dancing. Kissing, embracing, flirting.
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Occasional profanity includes "s--t," "f--k," "p---y," "screwed," "Jesus."
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Products & Purchases
Reuters news service is integral part of the story.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and some drunkenness among colleagues in some scenes. Party drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Journey Is the Destination is a docudrama about Daniel Eldon, a news photographer and humanitarian who was killed in Somalia in 1993, at the age of 22. A talented idealist, Eldon committed himself to "changing the world" by advocating for the people of Africa under fire and facing poverty, as well as by using his photographs to make countless others aware of their plight. In addition to a number of tragic deaths in the movie, there are many scenes that show the horrors of war: civilians under fire, explosions, armed combat, and many shots of the dead -- victims of massacres who have been burned, skinned, and mutilated. Photos also show the emaciated bodies of children who died of starvation. Characters swear (e.g., "s--t," "f--k," "p---y") and are shown drinking and getting drunk. Spoiler alert: A young woman refers to her sexual mutilation as a child. Disturbing and graphically violent, this movie is not for kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Meant to inspire, and to acquaint audiences with an accomplished artist and compassionate citizen of the world, the film tells a true story, but without the depth and grit that would make it special. The Journey Is the Destination is a colorful portrait of idealism and talent without restraint, and a poignant tribute to Daniel Eldon, a young man who made the most of his many gifts. But, despite the fine performances and technical proficiency, the film doesn't have the impact the filmmakers must have hoped for. The origin and facts about the Somalian conflict are given short shrift. It's clear that Daniel was driven, but why? Quotes from his writing reveal the conclusions he's drawn from his experiences, but not how he came to those conclusions. Daniel's journey begins with his big heart, his passion for adventure, and an idealistic, out-sized view of what he might accomplish. Sadly, those very qualities contributed to his tragic end.
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