Recently I was asked to watch and review a new inspirational film on DVD called “1 Message.” As a breast cancer survivor, how could I refuse? Here is a brief description:
Becca had it all: beauty, a successful fiancé, and the job of her dreams. Everything was going according to her plan until the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the blink of an eye, her entire life came crashing down around her.
The fiancé ran off with some new fling. The toll cancer took on her body made her feel like less than a woman. Broken and alone, she refused to leave the house. She wanted cancer to finish what it started. But in her darkest hour, she found a mysterious ray of hope in the most unlikely of places.
I was actually surprised by this film. It has a number of fine moments, and the underlying messages throughout are good. It’s longer than two hours and, due to the nature of the story, it is rather slow moving. Yet I never lost interest. I wanted to see Becca overcome the damage breast cancer caused in her life, damage that was much more than physical and some of her own doing. The acting throughout the film is solid, although some dialogue seemed a bit forced. I’m always very aware of the music in film, and this was well done in 1 Message. It moved the story along, as the music should, never feeling cheesy or overdone or out of place. (All of those things can spoil a movie for me.)
Go ahead and put this one in your DVD queue. Unless you need car chases and gunfire to make you happy, I think you’ll be inspired by this story.
At the end of the film, they show photos of loved ones of some of the cast and crew whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. An important reminder that we have yet to beat this disease.