Watch The Life Zone
- 1 hr 20 min
The Life Zone is a 2011 drama-thriller directed by Rod Weber and starring veteran actor Robert Loggia, Lindsey Haun, and Martin Kove. The film's premise revolves around three pro-life activists who kidnap three pregnant women and take them to an undisclosed location to carry out their ultimate mission of saving the unborn. The three women, each in different stages of their pregnancy, wake up after being kidnapped and are told that they are now in a "life zone." The organizers of the mission informed them that they are kidnapped because they are all eligible to be mothers and have chosen to have an abortion. The mission was simple: each one of the women would have to take care of the baby until they give birth, and then the babies will be taken to a loving family that is ready to adopt them. The film takes place in several rooms of the house. The three women are kept in a big room, where they are given food, water, and necessary items for childbirth. They are monitored constantly by the organizers, and they are instructed to take their prenatal vitamins daily. The lead organizer, played by Martin Kove, comes to visit them often, and starts to play psychological games with them, while giving them new instructions. As time goes by, the women start to experience difficulties with their pregnancy, and there aren't any medical supplies at hand. The tension and suspense grow as they begin to question the motives of their captors. Meanwhile, the organizers receive a call from a pro-life organization who asks them to turn themselves in. The film takes a daring subject and explores the complexities of pro-life versus pro-choice arguments. It examines the philosophical question of when life begins and invites audiences to make their own conclusions. The film also explores women's rights and the ethics of kidnapping. The acting in The Life Zone is excellent. The cast is small, but they are all talented actors. Robert Loggia delivers an outstanding performance as the elder member of the kidnappers, who gradually reveals more of his history and motivations. The three women are played by relatively unknown actresses, but they deliver their respective roles well. The Life Zone has a dark aesthetic, which reflects the dark subject of the film. The color palette is primarily black and gray, which gives the entire film a brooding tension. The use of music is minimal, which further adds to the tension of the film's subdued environment. The script is thought-provoking and engaging. It touches on several philosophical and ethical debates, and it offers audiences multiple possible interpretations of the film. The pacing is deliberate and allows viewers to take in the film's content, but it does not drag. Overall, The Life Zone is an intense film that tackles a contentious issue, but does so in a thoughtful and even-handed way. The film's focus on characters and acting over action proves to be highly effective at delivering a suspenseful and intellectual drama.