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A Long Way Off (DVD) Review

 
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Length: 105 minutes
 
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3/ 5


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Puts a believable modern twist on an old story.

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The acting comes across a little wooden at times.


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“The modern day story of the prodigal son” Jake Abraham is a young man who knows exactly what he wants – and it certainly isn’t a life on the family farm. Though his father and brother seem content to work the soil, Jake wants to put his college education to good use as an investor. […]

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Posted August 25, 2014 by

 
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“The modern day story of the prodigal son”

Jake Abraham is a young man who knows exactly what he wants – and it certainly isn’t a life on the family farm. Though his father and brother seem content to work the soil, Jake wants to put his college education to good use as an investor. Of course, to do that well he’s going to need money – and lots of it. So after one more in a long string of arguments between Jake and his hard working brother Seth, Jake asks his father to give him his share of the farm, the inheritance he would receive when his father died.

Jake has big plans for all that money, and he gets started spending it right away, with very little care for the two men who worked hard to provide it for him. Though Jake was always assured a place on the family farm, he neither appreciated it nor put forward any effort to help it grow. And now that he has a lot of cash to spend, his thoughts are far away from his family and any responsibility he might owe them.

As Jake sinks farther into a lifestyle that ensures that people surround him for his money and what it can do for them rather than any true friendship, his family at home struggles to make ends meet after the double whammy of Jake taking half of their capital and a sudden drought. Though they struggle, Jake’s father never gives up on him.

This being a retelling of the Prodigal Son story, of course Jake eventually finds himself heading back home with little to show for the time and money he put into his lavish lifestyle. With all the “friends” who surrounded him when he had money gone, he finally sees value in the life of sacrifice and love his family has always led. Though he comes home with head in hands, begging for forgiveness, his family accepts him with open arms and hearts.

A Long Way Off puts a pretty good modern twist on a story that can be hard for people to understand. It’s easy to see the plausibility of it as Jake throws his money away on fast cars and fancy jewelry. The more he spends, the more unhappy he seems – and the more he pushes away those who really matter. Although it comes off a little wooden at times, for the most part it is an engaging film that keeps you interested (even if you do know how it all ends).


Amy

 
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