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Film Review: Willful Entrapment

Last Updated: April 28, 2015

Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

I just had the privilege of pre-screening the new short film, Willful Entrapment, a visually gripping movie about a mind-warping porn addiction.

Jayson McDonald plays Alan, a quiet, unassuming bachelor whose secret obsession with pornography begins to take over his thoughts. On one hand the film is quite realistic, showing how porn addiction can affect a person’s entire life: their ambitions, time, money, commitments, and closest relationships. On the other hand the film is vividly surreal, filled with rich symbolism throughout. The whole thing is very edgy and dark: sort of a young-Ted-Bundy-meets-The-Ring. But the film closes with a strong message of freedom from addiction.

As you can see from the trailer, the main symbolic feature of the film is a hook and thread that tethers Alan’s mind to his computer, one of the chief sources of his dirty secret. Everywhere he goes he feels the mysterious pull of the women from his virtual escapades. Alan’s lust takes over, and it seems every woman he sees becomes the canvas for his fantasies. Finally one afternoon, when Alan’s friend Bernice (played by Kathy Quayle) is entangled in his lust, he must decide whether he will cry out to God to set him free.

For all the creepy elements of this film, the whole thing is done quite tastefully. I interact with the subject of pornography addiction on nearly a daily basis, and I have seen how difficult it is to vividly portray the ugliness of addiction without simultaneously titillating the very people you are trying to help. Willful Entrapment does an excellent job using symbolic sight, sound, and music to portray lust’s power without causing viewers to lust. I applaud the film-makers  for this creative approach.

Writer/director/producer Francois Driessen tells me he releases this film to be a tool in God’s hands, communicating a message for those who are trapped in porn addiction. He also wants this to be a tool fathers can use to talk to their sons about the dangers of pornography. He wanted the visual language of Willful Entrapment to be as powerful as any Hollywood film.

The project has not yet been released on the Internet, DVD, or Blueray, but will probably be available in the next several months. The film does an excellent job “opening the can of worms,” as it were, but when the film is finally released, Driessen is partnering with organizations worldwide in order to have plenty of resources available for viewers to really deal with the worms.

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  • Comments on: Film Review: Willful Entrapment
    1. alm260 on

      So this movie will not be out in theatres? Looks like a good movie for a men’s group at church to watch and discuss.

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      • Luke Gilkerson on

        As far as I know, it will not be out in theaters. It is a short film (20 minutes). It will be something made available for churches, small groups, and anyone who wants to use it. It is also making its way to several film festivals.

    2. Greg on

      Please let me know when it becomes available this is a huge resource to show my youth! And for me as well.

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    3. Arden Compton on

      Thanks for sharing this – it look like it could be a helpful tool.

      Reply
    4. JohnnyChristlike on

      I’m looking forward to the film. As a former porn addict, I can relate to the pull and influence it has on one’s life. I flunked out of college TWICE because of my addiction to pornography.

      Reply
    5. Justin Joseph on

      I’m thrilled that something like this is going to arrive soon. Methinks there aren’t enough films that effectively capture porn addiction. I really like the symbolic illustration with the hook and mouse card and everything…so this is a surefire purchase for me :)

      Reply
    6. Robert McGinnis on

      Thank you for telling me about this film. I have been delivered by the addiction by Christ’s resurrection power, but the lure NEVER goes away. I have installed “X3Watch” on my computer and had my IT guy (a Christian friend with the same problem) use a password I do not know, lock out certain types of porn.

      But porn is like a rising tide of filthy water during a flood, getting in any way it can.

      Looking forward to seeing this movie somewhere.
      Your’s in Christ.
      Wayne

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    7. Brenda Hall on

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I am a Christian wife of 26 years – living with a porn addict. The effects on our family(3 children) have been devastating. The Christian community needs to immediately start dealing with this issue and teaching addicts how to get out. The number of those affected is staggering and it is hard for loved ones to know who/where to turn for help.

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      • Luke Gilkerson on

        You’re welcome, Brenda. The film will be going on sale in early July, so keep your eyes peeled!

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