This is easily the most difficult movie review I’ve posted, and that’s because the Gosnell movie is, quite frankly, one of the most powerful films I’ve ever seen, and it’s an emotional story that needed to be told.
Abortion is one of those subjects no one likes to broach. It involves politics, religion, a score of controversy, emotion, and, for some, experience. But most importantly, it’s about life and death.
The Gosnell film, produced by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, is the true account and trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor charged with numerous counts of murder, malpractice, neglect and abuse, and the politics behind it. The clinic was considered a real life “house of horrors” with no government oversight, operating under unlicensed staff, serious health violations, criminal acts, and clear discriminatory practices.
Gosnell was directed by Nick Searcy (over 25 years in television & film) and stars Dean Cain, Sarah Jane Morris, and Earl Billings, who did a masterful job portraying Kermit Gosnell. The film was well made and tells a compelling story based on court transcripts and actual footage, and I encourage you to see it for yourself and form your own opinion. We’re all affected by this issue in one way or another.
For obvious reasons, this was a story Hollywood didn’t want told; the media largely ignored the case and kept silent, but, at the same time, they promoted the Jodi Arias trial and movie. The New York Times admitted that they refused to feature the Gosnell book on their bestsellers list, and the movie was censored by Kickstarter; therefore, funding for the movie came from private donations through another crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, and Gosnell became their highest funded film with almost 30,000 people donating over $2.3 million in 45 days.
Despite the subject matter, the film is not graphic, and, while it’s by no means a children’s movie, I’d encourage young people to see it, and for adults to help them understand one of the most important issues we face as a nation.
The movie certainly exposes the tragedy of the abortion industry, but I still think it was fair to its opponents.
Gosnell may not be in theaters much longer, so check the listings in your area for showtimes, and if it’s no longer at a theater within driving distance, then be sure to check it out when it’s released in other formats.
P.S. I had the opportunity to meet one of the producers and writers of the Gosnell movie, Ann McElhinney, and she passionately shared her story of how this film came about and her attempt to expose the corruption in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and below is an interview and personal testimony she filmed with one of the actresses that did an amazing job bringing this movie to life.