Film Review: I’m Not Ashamed (2016)

On April 20th 1999, the United States of America witnessed one of the worst High School massacres in history. Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado was at the centre of a premeditated attack.

Two students by the names of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people that April morning, as they would also take their own lives after the attack. To this day it is still considered to be one of the worst massacres in America.

Among the 13 victims was a young girl named Rachel Scott. She was unfortunately the first victim of the massacre, as she was killed outside the main entrance of the school.

I’m Not Ashamed is a film based on the life of Rachel Scott. The film documents her upbringing, social-life and final school days prior to her tragic death. The film is also based on real excerpts of Rachel Scott’s journal.

For many Rachel was a very significant figure in their lives, as she was a very unique individual.

Today I am going to be reviewing “I’m Not Ashamed”.

I’m Not Ashamed (2016)

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While the film itself is not Hollywood standard, one has to admire the heartfelt performance, which really pulls on the heartstrings. In general the film comes across with a very telling story, about a young girl who unknowingly had such an impact on other people’s lives. Essentially many know the story of the event that took place on that tragic April morning, as 13 people were killed. However Rachel’s story is far more telling, furthermore I would go on to say she was an inspiring figure.

Prior to watching the film I conducted my own research. While I understood Rachel Scott was the first victim in the tragic event, I did not realise the story that Rachel beheld, as this film truly provided a very warming insight into the life of a wonderful person. Director Brian Baugh may not have created a Hollywood blockbuster, but he most certainly knew how he wanted to tell Rachel Scott’s story.

Now the film itself is telling the story of Rachel Scott, however it also documents the events leading up to the Columbine Shootings. Characters Eric Harris and Dylan Kleboid (played by David Errigo & Cory Chapman) were almost set a side, but in the correct context. It is well known that in real-life, the two students were considered social-outcasts. The two characters appear somewhat sparsely, but in their re-occurring scenes, their story is powerful. Their story prior to the attacks were told in parallel to Rachel’s story.

The film grasps the characters well, which in a film as such, is vital. In addition to this the film introduces several other characters, including Rachel’s love interest Alex Dickerson (played by Cameron McKendry) as this also added the element of her social-life, which allows the audience to gain a broader understanding on her as a person. Also the concept behind Rachel’s journal, is also a very powerful tool which dictates the story. This was the context behind the film’s story, thus it made sense for it to be a factor.

I’m Not Ashamed is without doubt one of the most emotional films I have ever watched. While some of the events in the film appear to be added, as well as the addition of some characters, it documents the life of Rachel Scott and her lasting influence well. Like I previously said, it is not a Hollywood classic however after watching it I thought it was a good film. Despite the backlash the film received from critics, I would recommend you give the film a watch.

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Despite not being an instant classic, the film is very powerful and the acting is solid, especially from leading actress Masey McLain. I’m Not Ashamed is a powerful film which provides a very telling story about a young girl, who unknowingly influenced the lives of many people.

Thanks for reading this Film Review! I do hope it encouraged you to watch the film. Make sure you follow me on Twitter @AaronPatel97.

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