- Surprisingly Balanced; Not Just for Religious Viewers 3/30/2019 12:00:00 AM by writetonight-1
Before I write this review, I want to explain a bit about my background. Unlike the target audience for this film, I am not a religious Christian. I am from a secular-Jewish family and consider myself an atheist. I've been pro-choice for most of my life, but I realized last year that I was only pro-choice by default. My opinion on the topic was based on only hearing one side of the story for my whole life. Everything I read and saw was pro-choice. Every person I knew was pro-choice. A couple of years ago, I met some pro-life women, and I was surprised that they were not the "ignorant" people I've always been told they were. These were competent, educated, professional women, some in medical fields. I was told that they were against women's rights, but they were mothers who had been through pregnancy and childbirth; they had daughters who could be affected by the abortion issue in their lifetime. They weren't "anti-woman" by any means. So, I decided to do more research and consider the other side of the story.
I encourage other pro-choice people to do the same by viewing this film. You can not have an informed opinion on controversial issues without researching both pro and con points of view. I have not read the book "Unplanned," but I have viewed several of Abby's Johnson's speeches, and this film stayed true to her account of her experience working for Planned Parenthood. Although I expect, like all biopics, some artistic license must have been taken with the story.
I'm a screenwriter who has had films optioned and I have worked in development as a full-time Story Analyst. Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman have crafted an engaging adaptation. Since I had prior knowledge of Mrs. Johnson's story, the film was predictable for me, but I was still emotionally involved in the main character's journey from start to finish. The dramatization puts you in Abby Johnson's shoes, in the way that listening to a speech can not. It's never easy to take someone's real life and put it into a three-act structure with a satisfying character arc. but Solomon and Konzelman were up to the task.
At this point, I am not going to label myself either pro-life or pro-choice. Whether you think abortion should be legal or not, Abby Johnson's story reveals that Planned Parenthood is not perfect and needs improvement. Profits from abortion are a priority, so counselors are less medical professionals than salespersons. The counselors do not always give accurate information to the pregnant women who come in, and they mislead them, or withhold information about fetal development and the actual abortion procedure. I have spoken to women who had abortions as teenagers, who now regret it, and some of them have told me that they felt Planned Parenthood misled them and did not help them make an informed decision about their pregnancy. This film is important because it brings those issues to light. You don't have to be a religious person to appreciate that no woman should undergo a medical procedure without being fully informed about it.
- Well-done Movie 3/31/2019 12:00:00 AM by victor615
Handles a difficult subject in a mature, balanced manner. It is worth watching. It's sad the major networks refused to allow the movie to advertise. Censorship is not the appropriate response to difficult subjects as it appears the censor is afraid of allowing a conflicting view to be heard.
- Even the single-tear theatrical poster ham-handedly lets us know how we're supposed to feel 7/25/2019 12:00:00 AM by TheVictoriousV
One needn't be a rocket surgeon to deduce what class of human would approve of Unplanned, the latest film created by Pure Flix to assure themselves they were right all along. I can imagine three types off the top of my head: (1) those who cannot distinguish between fetus and living humanoid and thus genuinely believe abortion is murder, (2) those who don't know/care that abortion is sometimes a less harmful solution to accidental pregnancy than keeping the child, and (3) those who think women, in either case, deserve the suffering because they shouldn't be having sex if they don't mean to fulfill their well-known contractual obligation to make babies, especially premaritally.
Why do I get the feeling the latter group aren't getting laid too much themselves and that it supposedly isn't their own fault?
Despite not really being in the pro-"life" camp, I'm the wrong person to review this movie because I actually AM all the things pro-lifers think pro-choichers are. I really do think it's funny to joke about dead fetuses and compare them to seafood whenever some conservative Facebook aunt posts a photo of an embryo, crying about how "beautiful" this "baby" is. It is also true that I eat babies alive, even if the point still stands that an embryo is functionally neither of those things.
Unplanned is barely a movie. It's a bunch of paid actors reciting scripted lines whilst a camera films them and maybe moves around a little if the photographer feels like it; the message with which to slam us over the heads is clearly the top priority of productions such as this, no time to make us believe these are real people who inhabit the film's universe. There is also music to let you know who's wrong about abortion and who's right. This is all you get. Bon appetite!
The movie is based on pro-lifer Abby Johnson's memoir and the story of how she left her job as clinic director at Planned Parenthood after witnessing on ultrasound how an abortion is truly performed. A wise decision, I say. It would be a lot like having someone of equal squeamishness supervise a slaughterhouse or even a regular hospital (I was going to put down morgue as another example but I'm wary of getting comments like "So you admit that an aborted embryo that barely has eyes yet is basically a corpse"). Good for her that she quit, but we all know that that just couldn't be the end of it.
We learn from the film that Abby (played by Ashley Bratcher) started suspecting something was off about abortion and Planned Parenthood when her own abortions went by painfully and PP's promise of reducing national abortion rates went seemingly unfulfilled. Abby's semi-botched abortion seems highly important to the film's thesis statement. Should I become opposed to other medical procedures if select instances of them go poorly?
Despite being little more than ham-handed confirmation for those who already agreed with the movie before buying the ticket, I'm sure a genuine discussion can be sparked about the issue at hand thanks to this barely-a-film. I can admit that it's complicated and difficult, especially when the abortions start happening so late that the fetus is basically through college. Where you draw the line appears to be greatly subjective, even among those who are dead certain life begins at conception, as a case can be made that sperms also constitute "life". I guess I just wish the "life is life" crowd could apply their logic to living humans as well.
I sometimes hear that I'm ignorant of the real world, a problem I apparently often share with facts. Here's hoping, then, that Pure Flix's next outing has more to offer on a filmmaking level, so as to more effectively and intelligently deliver its teachings to silly old me, and that the only striking thing about it isn't how deeply, unintentionally disturbing it is
- Blatant Smear of Planned Parenthood 5/27/2019 12:00:00 AM by gnpgirl
The film only appears to exist to smear Planned Parenthood; its not even remotely balanced or a fair representation of a social conflict.
- Propaganda 7/13/2019 12:00:00 AM by ben-jackson-185-727913
This is nothing but anti-abortion propaganda and should be avoided.