The Broken Road
It is a compelling story of a young man’s journey back to a faith he once knew. His orphaned childhood left him bitter and despondent with no sense of direction. Homeless and nursing a drug habit, Miles allows himself to be alienated from everything meaningful in his life. The death of his younger brother Aaron, whom he had abandoned at a foster agency, drives him farther away from eveyone. He finds himself on a Colorado bound journey to spread his brother’s stolen ashes. On the road he makes the mistake of picking up a hitchhicker named TJ who implicates him in a crime, turning Miles into a fugitive from the law.
Upon reading his brother’s journal, he learns more about the deep faith that Aaron had in God; a faith he had once shared. Convicted of his bitterness and anger, Miles is given wise advice by a mysterious stranger and faces a difficult choice that could set him free forever.
“The Broken Road” details the journey of a man facing his spirituality when his younger brother is suddenly killed. Miles doesn’t have much going for him. He has no job, no money, no girlfriend, no parents, and no home when his little brother dies. After taking his brother’s possessions, including his urn, Miles undergoes a journey cross-country to scatter his ashes on the mountains his brother so loved. Along the way, Miles encounters others who are struggling just like him to find the truth and meaning in his life. The actor playing Miles is very reminiscent of a younger Ryan Gosling and he adds depth to the film.
The story is a good one, with moralistic themes that just about everyone can pull something from. A few technical mistakes aside, this film had a great story line. Parents should watch the film with their children due to some of the themes in order to speak with them about death and bad decisions. Because of the change of heart of a main character, we can recommend this film as having a strong redemptive theme. We award our Dove Seal to it for family viewing.