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Deliverance Creek

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tense, violent Civil War drama boasts strong female roles.

TV Lifetime Drama 2014
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Marking the TV-producing debut of celebrated author Nicholas Sparks, Deliverance Creek is tense and dramatic, filled with impossible choices of an unimaginable time. Strong female roles dominate the story, each representing not only her singular character but also an entire group of women from this period in history. War widows, abolitionists, slaves -- each has a voice in the rich casting of these remarkable characters, and it's not hard to imagine the fictionalized circumstances being reality for some. What's more, the broader question of morality each faces in balancing what's lawful with what's morally justified in a corrupt society always has relevance. In other words, their choices may not always be legally sound, but their willingness to fight for their beliefs makes them admirable role models.

This movie's violent content and strong language make it iffy for all but the sturdiest teens, and even a few of them may find some of the scenes tough to watch. There are a lot of different stories playing out at one time as well, leaving viewers a little befuddled initially, but once all the pieces fall into place, you'll start to see how the characters and their stories relate to each other. One word of warning, though: Because this movie is prepped to pilot an eventual TV series, it leaves numerous loose ends when the credits roll.

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