Who is Sam Doonby? Some see the man as a no-good drifter, others a wandering Samaritan. Critics and moviegoers see “Doonby” the film as a psychological thriller and a shocker. The reason for this shock is that “Doonby” is a pro-life film.
I have watched the trailer several times and continue to find it ambiguous, but I’ll do my best to provide a brief synopsis. Sam Doonby steps off an interstate bus and quickly becomes the talk of small-town Smithville, Texas. Preventing disasters from happening in the town, this stranger always seems to be in the right place at just the right time. Small-town jealousies, however, lead the locals to reject Doonby, and as a consequence, he disappears as quickly as he came. Things start to go wrong. This leads others to question whether this man was an illusion, an illusion resulting in the film’s disturbing conclusion.
A subplot involves an unmarried woman during the 1960s seeking a doctor to terminate her inconvenient pregnancy and an elderly woman who tries to talk her out of it. This elderly woman is played by Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff at the heart of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case. Though she played the catalyst for this monumental decision, McCorvey had a change of heart regarding abortion following the landmark ruling.
Peter Mackenzie, director and writer for the film, told WorldNet Daily, “We hope this film highlights the social issue and really affirms the significance of every [human] life. What we want to do is raise awareness of the issue without trying to side one way or the other – really just trying to focus on this life issue and protecting the most sacred gift we have.”
“Doonby” opens in very limited release – in Texas, Mississippi and Tennessee – on Feb. 24, and its fate will be determined by its showing in these markets. Its run will be short, ending on March 1. From the looks of it, the movie will provoke discussion and thought amongst its viewers.
As the protagonist says, “I figure we’re supposed to enjoy every moment and try to make a difference.” Maybe you should take that advice by taking a few moments to check out this film.
Denton, TX – Cinemark 14
Plano, TX – Cinemark Legacy 24
Grapevine, TX – AMC Grapevine Mills 30
Grand Prairie, TX – UA Grand Prairie 10