Untouched

Untouched: Battle of Inner Demons and Conscience

A conscientious soul makes a man stand with courageous integrity and fight for the truth. This story tells how guilt works in the lives of those who harboured regrets.

Main character Mitch was a lawyer. She inherited her mom’s firm in Savannah. Eleanor was an authoritative figure not only in the firm and their town but in her son’s life as well. Mitch became pushed over and preferred to do his mom’s bidding. His behaviour may seem intriguing — an adult without a backbone of his own.

As the plot unfolds, Mitch showed that even an educated person from a well-off family could become vulnerable to his emotions. Much as we too, show others a façade of stable personality when, in fact, we battle with inner demons like guilt and regrets.

The story turned when Eleanor wanted Mitch to represent 16-year-old Jacquelyn, daughter of Reverend Terry — arrested for murdering her newborn baby. Mitch’s former flame District Attorney Reece submitted a motion so Jacquelyn will be on trial as an adult.

However, the judge granted to have her detained at a juvenile facility upon Mitch’s request. For Eleanor and Reece, it was already a done deal. However, Mitch and his police investigator friend Taylor went to Tybee community in a search for the baby’s father.

And then, there was Angela, Mitch’s former great love who happened to be Jacquelyn’s music teacher. She stands as a witness. During questioning, Reece slighted her credibility by asking if she ever had an abortion, but Mitch was quick to intervene. This scene reminds us that no passing of time can diminish deep-seated hurts. There had been no proper closure for Angela and Mitch.

There were several twists and turns in this film. Reverend Terry and Eleanor seemed to have affection for each other but chose to keep their reputation instead. Mitch didn’t fight for what he and Angela had a long time ago. It caused him so much regret to the point of drinking to drown memories of their togetherness. Both mother and son have issues of their own and against each other.

The core message of this film depicts the purpose of conscience so that some scenes could have justified it. Jacquelyn reads The Bible inside her cell.

However, she remained adamant about confessing the truth. Her father was a preacher, and yet, he remained proud and detached from his daughter’s ordeal. Their knowledge of the scripture could have led to exposing their guilt and then repentance. Instead, they portrayed religious persons who committed a crime and got away with it because of their influence on those who impose the legal system.

Some things are better left untouched like a lost love or a past mistake — they break us for a while. When we face the truth and forgive ourselves, that’s when a new chapter of our lives begins.

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