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The Journey Is the Destination

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Biopic of young photographer is violent and sad.

Movie R 2017 123 minutes
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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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