Coming to Video on Demand (VOD) and Digital download on May 3, 2013 is the film Least Among Saints. It will be released by Vision Films on iNDemand’s Cable VOD Platforms(Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Brighthouse Communications), and Vubiquity (AT&T U-verse, Verizon Fios, Charter Communications) as well as Dish Network. The film will also be available for digital download at Amazon On Demand, Apple iTunes, Microsoft XBox, and Sony Playstation.
Least Among Saints stars Martin Papazian (who also directed the film) as Anthony Hayward. Anthony is an ex-Marine who toured abroad while on active duty. There was an incident overseas where Anthony accidentally shot and killed civilians, including a child. The experience gave Anthony Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The event changed Anthony in ways he didn’t expect, nor did his wife.
Upon returning home to Arizona and back to his wife Jenny, Anthony found it difficult to settle back in to civilian life. He had horrible nightmares (mostly of accidentally killing the innocent family). To help him deal with the nightmares he took up drinking and soon found himself to be an alcoholic. His drinking and changed personality caused problems with Jenny and she filed for divorce as well as a retraining order. None of that mattered to Anthony because he would often return to him home he shared with Jenny, only to have Jenny kick him out.
Anthony also had several run ins with the law.
Anthony found himself at a very low point in his life and even tried to commit suicide a couple of times.
One day Anthony came to the rescue of his junkie neighbor Cheryl after witnesses her boyfriend being abusive to her. That is when he met Chery’s young son Wade. Soon it became apparent to Anthony that Chery’s mom placed more emphasis on her drug habit than her own son.
Not having a father figure in his life Wade starts to look up to Anthony.
One night as Anthony was just about to attempt to commit suicide again he hears Wade screaming for his help. Wade’s mother had accidentally overdosed on heroin. Anthony knew she was already dead but didn’t want to do that to the young boy, so he raced Cheryl’s lifeless body to the hospital where the hospital staff pronounced her dead.
Wade has no other known family (his father left when he was younger) leaving the county no other choice but to put Wade into foster care. The foster care program was at his maximum and the social worker Jolene (played by Laura San Giacomo) was struggling to find a bed for Wade. Anthony volunteered to let Wade stay with him for a night or two until a home could be found for him.
While Wade was in Anthony’s custody there were a few mishaps including Anthony helping Wade to beat up a school bully. In addition Anthony takes Wade out of town to look for his biological father at his last known location. Anthony also teaches Wade how to shoot a gun with disastrous results.
Will Wade ever meet his biological father? Where will Wade end up (with Anthony, in foster car or with his father)? What happens to Anthony? Will he ever get over his inner demons and find happiness again? To find out the answers to these questions rent or download Least Amongst Saints available on VOD and digital download May 3, 2013 (TODAY!)
It goes without saying that this is not exactly a “happy” movie. It’s very deep, dark and depressing. Sadly similar things happen every day across the country and around the world (soldiers dealing with PTSD, children losing a parent to a drug overdose…).
The film actually made me see how little is done to help those who suffer from PTSD. I think if Anthony had more resources available to him he wouldn’t have turned to alcohol and attempted suicide to help him deal with the pain. I felt sorry for Anthony and the whole time I watched the film I was hoping he would find peace and happiness by the end of the film.
The film was slow at times. Due to the subject matter it’s not a high-paced, action packed film. It’s more about the human spirit and how we connect with others more so than an action packed thriller.
The whole time we watched the film my husband kept saying how depressed he was getting just watching it and kept saying out loud how much he hoped the film had a happy ending. As for the ending you’ll have to come up with your own interpretation. It does elude to a possible outcome, but you as the viewer will have to draw up the final conclusion yourself. As for me, I turned it into a happy ending.
I think the one actor/character that stood out the most in this film is the social worker, Jolene, played by Laura San Giacomo. She does an outstanding job as the frazzled social worker who tries her best to keep a self of humor during tough times. The film makers did an excellent job hiring San Giacomo for the part.
Overall I think it was a good film. It was very depressing at times, but such is a part of life. Not every movie can be filled with rainbows, sunshine and sparkly unicorns.
Here is the film’s trailer for your convenience. If you are reading this via e-mail you can find the trailer here, http://bit.ly/10OAt0z
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.