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Review: 'Saratov Approach' is a spiritual thriller with little soul

Review: 'Saratov Approach' is a spiritual thriller with little soul

"The Saratov Approach," based on the true story of two young Mormon missionaries who, in 1998, were kidnapped and held for a $300,000 ransom while serving in Saratov, Russia, should satisfy pious viewers looking for a dose of headline reality with their uplift. Others, however, may find much of this so-called spiritual thriller soft and preachy.

The film's saving grace is its engaging leads, Corbin Allred and Maclain Nelson, who play, respectively, abductees Travis Tuttle and Andrew Propst. Although clearly older than their 20-year-old characters, they bring heartfelt commitment to their roles, even when the script turns overly beatific, which is often.

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