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FIRST RESPONDERS

"The Human Pain of Being a First Responder"

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What You Need To Know:

FIRST RESPONDERS weaves together the stories of several different responders. As the movie develops, the audience sees the pain and suffering of first responders. First, Mark and his firefighter comrades go to a tremendous house fire and rescue a girl, who tells them her brother’s still inside. Mark goes to the little brother and finds out he’s been burned to death. This breaks Mark’s heart and causes advanced PTSD. Meanwhile, a policewoman is shot when she pulls over a car. Her husband, an ambulance driver, is devastated, as is Mark’s wife the policewoman’s best friend.

FIRST RESPONDERS is very episodic, but viewers will be very interested in how the stories of these people are resolved. Aside from the movie’s very mild portrayal of the pain involved in the jobs of first responders, the movie is extremely clean and devoid of moral problems. At the end, the movie shows interesting interviews with real first responders. It would have been nice if FIRST RESPONDERS were better constructed. However, it’s good that young people can see FIRST RESPONDERS and understand the difficulties first responders face.

Content:

(CCC, V):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian worldview about several first responders, including police, firemen, ambulance drivers, nurses, and others

Foul Language:
No foul language

Violence:
No violence related to interpersonal fights, but there’s a fire, a policewoman is shot off screen, several hospital scenes occur, and psychiatric support group tries to deal with their pain and suffering

Sex:
No sex scenes or sexual immorality, but there’s some light marital kissing

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Nothing else objectionable.

More Detail:

FIRST RESPONDERS weaves together the stories of several different types of first responders, including an ambulance driver, a policewoman, a fireman, and a therapist. Based on true stories, the very topic is interesting, but the plot of FIRST RESPONDERS is unfortunately disjointed and therefore doesn’t grab the viewer’s attention, but the good news is that it has no offensive elements except the normal violence in the line of duty.

FIRST RESPONDERS opens with a group of first responders in a small town competing for the prize at a bowling alley. Mark, a fireman, wins the prize, which his wife Karen says has never happened before. Another main character is an ambulance driver, Darnell, and his wife a policewoman Nia. Mark’s Karen wife is a psychologist.

As the movie develops, the audience sees the pain and suffering of first responders. First, Mark and his firefighter comrades go to a tremendous fire in a home and rescue a girl, who tells them her brother is still inside. Mark goes to find the little brother who has been burned to death. This breaks Mark’s heart and causes advanced PTSD. Mark’s wife Karen wants to help him, but it takes him a while before he seeks help.

The Darnell’s wife Nia is a police officer, and, when she pulls over a car, she’s shot. Darnell is devastated, as is Karen, who is Nia’s best friend.

The most Christian scene occurs at a funeral. Also, another scene has Mark resigning from the fire department, although his chief asks him to stay and asks him if he’s prayed, because God is always answering prayers.

FIRST RESPONDERS is very episodic, but viewers will be very interested in how the stories of these people are going to be resolved. Aside from the very mild portrayal of the pain and tribulation involved in their different jobs, the movie is extremely clean and devoid of moral problems, with a strong Christian worldview. At the end of the movie, there are interviews with real first responders, which is quite interesting. It would have been nice if FIRST RESPONDERS were better constructed. However, it’s good that young people can see FIRST RESPONDERS and understand the difficulties first responders face.

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