Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Alone But Not Alone, LLC
James Richards, George Escobar
James Richards, Ken Wales, Bud Smith, Barbara Divisek, George Escobar, Michael Snyder, Cynthia Walker
Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Clay Walker, Jenn Gotzon, Joanie Stewart, Ozzie Torres, Tony Wade.
Synopsis: Limited Theatrical Release - ALONE YET NOT ALONE tells the inspiring story of Barbara and Regina Leininger and their journey of faith and survival during the French & Indian war in 1755. Captured by the Allegheny Indians in a raid on their home and transported over 300 miles of wilderness to Ohio, the sisters are sustained only by their abiding trust in God, and their hope of escape against all odds to be reunited with their family.
The film opens with a calming musical soundtrack and gorgeous landscapes. We learn that the time period is 1755 when America was considered a haven for families seeking freedom to worship in a land of opportunity. Barbara Leininger and her family just moved to Pennsylvania. They have a cabin in the woods and her father often reads from the family Bible. He tells the family that even during tests and trials God will never leave them nor forsake them.
As her mother and brother leave on a trip, Indians break in their home with devastating consequences. Barbara and Regina flee to the woods and are soon caught by the Indians. Barbara must remember her father's words about God never leaving her because she is soon separated from her sister and taken captive. The Indians taunt her by dying her fair skin dark and her golden hair black. She tries to escape but eventually decides to be agreeable while keeping hope alive that she will one day be freed and reunited with her sister, mother and brother. The years pass and she grows into a woman but she keeps her faith in God, even witnessing to the Indian brave who wants to be her husband.
This film has it all! The music is wonderful, the cinematography is inspiring, the acting is superb and the screenplay and direction are top notch. Both Kelly Greyson as the older Barbara and Natalie Racoosin as a young Barbara are exceptional in their roles. The movie is based on a true story taken from the novel of the same name written by Tracy Leininger Craven.
This film has a bit of everything: action, drama, suspense and a fine ending. For those who love action, there are several battle sequences and fights, with many characters dying by tomahawks or muskets. Fortunately, there is little blood overall and the scenes are not gratuitous. It appears that the director held back enough so the film could be enjoyed by families without losing the intensity of the story. We commend this decision.
Without giving away the ending, it is worth noting that God's promise to never leave nor forsake Barbara is clearly demonstrated in this story. The themes of this movie include loyalty, perseverance, forgiveness and the profound love of God. We are quite pleased to award this film five Doves, our highest rating. Watching this movie is time well spent!
Content Description: Sex: None Language: A girl is called a "dog" by an Indian. Violence: Several fighting and battle scenes; muskets are fired and people are stabbed with knives at end of guns or killed by other destructive methods; a shot man is seen with some blood as is a boy; scalps are seen but we do not see the act itself; a few homes are burned by Indians; people cry at their loss including a girl who says the Indians killed her parents and burned everything; a mother corrects her child with a switch; a woman is burned at a tree for trying to escape but her death is not seen; a few characters are struck from behind; girl tries to flee on a horse but hits her head on a tree branch and is knocked off the horse; a man shoots a bear (not seen) and the bear strikes him with his claw with a little blood seen. Drugs: It looks like the drinking of alcohol in one seen as men drink out of tin cups. Nudity: Shirtless men and braves; two women take a modest bath while wearing a gown and only bare shoulders are seen. Other: The Great Spirit is mentioned, referring to God, and an evil spirit is mentioned a few times by Indians when things go wrong; Indians are called "savages" by a British commander; a hungry man vomits after eating too much but it is heard and not seen.