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Leave No Trace | Movie Review

Title: Leave No Trace

Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 29th, 2018
Rating: 7.2/10 IMDB

Summary from IMDB: A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.

Review: I jut finished watching this very interesting movie about a father and his daughter who live completely off the grid in Forest Park in my own home state of Oregon. Did I mention this movie is based on a true story. 

Now, I've been to Forest Park several times and it is huge. It's no wonder these two were able to hide for so long before they were accidentally discovered. 

The story is super slow, and I kept waiting for something extraordinary to happen, but sadly, nothing ever did. What I did get was a truly touching story about a father who came home from the war with PTSD and his struggle to cope all while trying to take care of his 12 year old daughter. Its touching and heart warming the way the two take are of each other. 

The whole hour and a half that I was watching, I was hoping that the father would finally find what he was looking for and the ending would finally bring him closure. I warn you, don't read on if you don't want me to spoil the movie for you.... Here we go... the last 10 minutes of the movie, the daughter struggled with staying in a place that she feels she could call home and going back into the forest with her father. She decided to stay and the two part ways in an emotional goodbye, but that is all you get. Do they ever see each other again? What happens to the father? 

Upon my research into the true story, it turns out that after the actual pair were released from state custody, they disappeared again and no one has heard from them since. Way to leave me hanging... again...

Both the true story and the movie were a let down. I like a nice neat box, all wrapped up into one neat package and this movie wasn't that. I would encourage you though to watch it. The story is a wonderful love filled bond that everyone with a heart should see.


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