Movie Review: Clarity


Growing up I never knew who my biological mother was. I knew of her, but I haven’t seen her since I was 18 months old. She just up and disappeared when I was a toddler. To this day no one even knows why.

My biological mother, aka “egg donor,” abandoned two other children (my half brothers). She had one more child that she ended up keeping. No one knows why she did the things she did to us kids.

I was raised by my biological father and paternal grandparents. All my life I had questions that only my biological other would know the answers to. The number one thing I wanted to know was her medical history. I know that some diseases are inherited. I wanted to know if I carried the genes for anything like cancer, heart disease or autoimmune diseases.

Thanks to my aunt (her biological sister) that I found last year, I know about my medical history now and have taken precautions to make sure I don’t fall victim to any serious health problems.

I can’t imagine being an adoptive parent and not knowing anything about my adopted child’s health history, or their family’s health history. Even worst, what if you needed one of the birth parents to help save your child’s life?

Such is the case in a new film that is currently available on DVD and Video on Demand called Clarity. 

Clarity stars Nadine Velazques, Dina Meyer, Maurice Compte, Tony Denison, Dana Melanie, Lourdes Narro. Sadly I am not familiar with any of these actors.

Here is a brief synopsis of the film;

When 22-year old Maggie (Dana Melanie) falls fatally ill with a rare kidney disease, her adoptive mother, Sharon (Meyer) must find her birth mother to save her dying daughter.  The family begins to unravel as Sharon discovers the baby she ‘adopted’ so many years ago, was bought – a victim of a human trafficking scheme.  Estranged, emotionally ravaged Carmen (Velazquez) grasps for any thread and travels to Las Vegas to meet the girl who may be her daughter.  What she finds is more than she bargained for and faces the ultimate question: how far do you go for love.

This is a great drama/thriller that will keep you entertained and interested from start to finish.

This is an independent film and not a big budget film filled with Oscar winners. I think that is why some people push aside such films – thinking they are not as good. That is not always the case. There are plenty of “gems” out there well worth seeing – Clarity is one of them.

The characters are not only likable, but they are believable too. They really pulled off their parts very well.

This film makes you think. It’s not just some fluff meant to entertain you for an hour or so. This film challenges you to think about put yourself in the character’s situations. I honestly don’t know if I would have done things the same way, or would I? Its hard to say because I hope and pray I never find myself in a similar situation.

The film starts off a little slow, but it’s needed to suck you up into the story line. Once you are hooked you can’t stop watching it.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this film. I thought it would be a bit predictable, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn’t.

The ending I didn’t see coming. I thought I knew how the film was going to end, but I was wrong.

Even my husband enjoyed Clarity. He thought it was going to be a “chick flick” but he was wrong.

Look for Clarity where ever movies are sold or on Video on Demand.

The film runs for about an hour and a half. It doesn’t have a rating but I would think it would be a PG-13.

You can learn more about the film on it’s official Facebook page.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and “mini zoo” consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher’s assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.