The movie “7 Days In Utopia,” written by David Cooke and Rob Levine, is the kind of movie that seldom finds its way to the silver screen these days: a well planned and ingeniously executed “good heart attack” that packs a punch and creates a thirst for more. Here is a “True North” reminder to us all that life is all about pulling out our compass, redirecting our journey, redefining our values and discovering what is really important in life.
The story is about a young golfer, Luke Chisholm, who after experiencing a dramatic meltdown on the final hole of his pro debut, takes a drive to find himself and ends up in a little town called Utopia. There he encounters Johnny Crawford (played by Robert Duvall), a golfer from a more ancient time, who sets out on a one week mission to help Luke find himself—and his game.
I found the movie refreshing. The simplicity and sparkle of the characters—especially the country girl Sarah (played by Deborah Ann Woll) were in themselves therapeutic to me because they were real, uncontrived and, well, wholesome.
I don’t want to give the movie away. It should be watched and enjoyed, and pondered—not analyzed. I give “two thumbs up” for the producers, who have used this movie as a brilliant tool to draw out seekers for truth and make a statement that true north values are to be found in a Person, the only One worthy of the crown.
7 Days in Utopia is a class act performance from beginning to end, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is ready to sit down and enjoy a great movie with a powerful message. I give it 4 stars as a movie (hard to earn from me) and 5 stars for message and script. Do yourself a favor and watch it. You’ll be glad you did.