By listening to and following his heart, Ephraim Hanks finds his way in life and eventually provides relief and rescue to the suffering Martin Handcart Company. Based on a true story.
Attention to period detail is what drives Ephraim’s Rescue, the true story of Ephraim Hanks (Darin Southam), who tests his body and soul to risk his life and provide aid to the Martin Handcart Company in 1856, a group of pioneering Mormons. First and foremost it is an adventure story in which the plot is driven by the Mormons’ survival in nature. The film does narrative justice in that it does not remain in Ephraim’s perspective, but also bounces between a few members of the pioneers, including Thomas (James Gaisford). In effect, this keeps the story interesting for viewers.This dramatic film of survival and iron-will makes great use of makeup, costumes and realistic outdoor sets to thrust the viewer into a mode of empathy for the hardships that these characters have endured. Ephraim and his trials and faith are encouraging for viewers to see, although it should be noted to viewers that the film encourages Mormonism. Ephraim’s Rescue is awarded the Dove Seal of Approval for Ages 12+ for its realistic depiction of survival and hardships, and its strong faith-based story, which makes it worth watching. But as a caution, the promotion of another faith is very present.