I grabbed the remote, hitting pause, and asked, "What's this movie even about?"
I know I sound controlling and annoying, but we've had some "issues" with my husband's movie picks in the past, i.e. He Never Died and The Boy and His Dog. He's been put on movie-picking probation on a few occasions. He openly admits some of his choices have been questionable. Some have been dreadful. And he's an editor, guys.
He tells me, "It's a movie about missionaries who went into the Amazon during the 1950s. It's called The End of the Spear."
"Ugh. Is it a documentary?"
I mean, you really have to be in the mood for those.
I settled down and said, okay, fine. Why not? I'm going to India in 28 days, maybe this flick will inspire me. It's based on a true story. I've been talking about the Amazon for a while. Not because I want to go there (Dad), but because it's fascinating and enormous and they've found the ruins of ancient cities tucked away under the dense canopy of trees.
About a third of the way into the movie, the missionaries finally make first contact with the native tribe they've been trying to meet with for years.
And then this happens:
All five of the missionaries are killed. The End.
No, that's not really the end. It was actually a beautiful story about how the wives and children went back and lived with the tribe, teaching them about a loving God who doesn't want us to kill each other.
I woke up laughing at my husband's either ironic sense of support or his cluelessness. Look, I'm not worried about getting killed. Come on, I'm not that hyperbolic. But I am worried about the trip--like having explosive diarrhea and dying of malaria--and would like to be encouraged rather than terrified.
So, if you have any movie recommendations where people don't die, let me know!
Already on list even though I've already seen:
- Slumdog Millionaire
Again, if it's on your heart to donate to this trip, here's the link. Otherwise, keep on praying for me!