I was eager to watch TREK based on the director’s message synopsis and quote. It did being a message that Heavenly Father is watching over us and answers our prayers. But, I let my teenage and younger children watch and they expressed that it seemed it was made for a wider audience and had some inappropriate parts. You may want to pre-watch before sitting down as a family to watch together.I would agree that the teens and adults making out were overdone and the swear word unnecessary. There are some triggers if you have experienced a drowning or death of a family member. Overall, I laughed our loud and I cried. I enjoyed the message of reaching out to seek for answers and receiving them. There is great character development and self-realization. There were a few parts that dragged and would loved to have seen some more pioneer stories being woven in. My children had some great advice to just fast forward whenever you see the drill sargeant looking guy or the teen couple 🙂 Worth the watch!
Content: swearing, heavy kissing, moderate blood and wounds, fighting, triggers for drowning and death of a teen.
Message from Alan Peterson, Director of TREK The Movie
It’s exciting to anticipate the DVD/BluRay release of TREK, the movie. Being with audiences in theaters is the fulfillment of any director’s dream. But, the reality of independent film is that you can’t get a movie into enough theaters so that everyone who wants to, can see it. July 3rd is a day that lots of TREK fans have been waiting for. Now, everyone can enjoy the laughs and lessons of TREK whenever they want. One of our goals in producing the movie was to create a story that would honor the wonderful tradition of this hands-on experience unique to our faith. Trek provides a critical chance to connect with our past. Why is this important? I’ll let Elder Russell M. Ballard explain:
“I have a deep conviction that if we lose our ties to those who have gone before us, including our pioneer forefathers and mothers, we will lose a very precious treasure. I have spoken about “Faith in Every Footstep” in the past and will continue in the future because I know that rising generations must have the same kind of faith that the early Saints had in the Lord Jesus Christ and His restored gospel.” (General Conference, October 2017, The Trek Continues!)
It is too easy to forget what our pioneer ancestors sacrificed for their faith and for our good. I hope families can sit down together and share the movie and talk about how grateful we should be for the men, women and children who marched into the unknown following a prophet of God so long ago. And, I hope they will talk about the challenges they face today as members of the church as we march forward into the unknown. Do you feel like Tom and wonder where God is? How do we connect with Him? What do we do when we feel weak and alone? Hopefully, TREK helps us know that our Heavenly Father is there and that He cares.