As a Hospice caregiver, my heart was deeply touched. I completely understood the one friend who wanted to sail off into the horizon for 'his' last adventure. We all should be well blessed to be able to choose our 'last' stand.
As a medical professional specializing in geriatrics for over 45 years, I was appalled and outraged at the treatment that the 4 old Special Ops friends were treated just for wanting a bit of freedom! Locking residents in their rooms! What if there was a fire? Restraining residents to beds and drugging them until they were senseless lemmings! Indeed! As bad as our own American facilities are for the aged, restraining is uncommon and only allowed by doctor's orders. Drugging to keep a resident quiet is a criminal offense! I found myself half standing and yelling at my TV that this treatment is unconscionable, criminal even!! I was so enraged, I didn't notice the tears running down my face. I've often dreamed of visiting Australia, but with my own age advancing, I think I'll just keep my feet right here in America and be content with watching the Travel Channel! I truly pray that seniors are not treated in the same manner portrayed in this film! A couple of times, I had to pause the movie to calm myself. I've been an advocate for the elderly since I was a teenager. I'm now almost 70.
As an adult child whose parents suffered from dementia and Alzheimer's, ultimately dying from this horrendous disease, I was overcome with emotion and memories less fond. To the movie's credit, the script did try to keep things on the lighter side.
The core of this movie was about perseverance, love, commitment, courage and belief in oneself, even to one's own detriment.
A bit of the movie was reminiscent of the old Keystone Capers cartoons. Four age advanced Special Ops that were once a team still trying to pull off a mission. Time after time they were caught, time after time, they were dragged back.
The few scenes of unjustified treatment did take away from the romance and comedic moments, but all in all, it was a feel good movie. But, it left me with making a mental note to look up the Australian laws concerning the treatment of senior citizens living as residents in long term care facilities.
Self, make a note...
UPDATE: I just looked up the laws governing the Long Term Care Facilities in Australia...YES!!! The scenes in this movie showing residents being strapped to beds and sedating drugs (chemical restraint) being fed by IV are actual practices in Australia for residents afflicted with and suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's! Absolutely unimaginable treatment!