Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure
AN AUDIO SNAPSHOT REVIEW
The documentary Monumental looks at how America could slow what the filmmakers believe to be its downward spiral and become truly great once again. With Growing Pains and Fireproof star Kirk Cameron as host, the movie asks viewers to metaphorically pack their bags and travel to various locales in search of answers.
"The soul of our country is sick," Cameron says in the film. "And history shows me we are headed for disaster if we don't change course now. Here's my hunch: Could it be that we have simply forgotten what made us such a great nation in the first place?"
Viewers' first stop? To visit an English expert on the Pilgrims. What lessons can be gleaned from knowing why these devout Christian men and women headed to America in 1620? Then it's on to Plymouth. And a visit to a little-known monument, paid for by Congress 130 years ago, that explains how liberty was built. Could this remembrance hold the keys to rebuilding America again? With each new stop it becomes increasing clear that Cameron and his experts may be on to something.
One cautionary note: The documentary does contain very brief footage of a martyr being burned at the stake. Still, this history-filled film is Plymouth Rock-solid.