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Choosing Matthias (2001)

Choosing Matthias is the story of a young couple who after losing their son Jason, struggle to keep their lives and relationship intact. Maggie and Charlie find this to be an impossible ... See full summary »

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Charlie
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Maggie
Dylan Kasch ...
Matthias
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Doc
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Kay
Collin Raye ...
Ron
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Mrs. Leonard
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Chase
Ivo Bourgeois ...
Jason
Shannon Pierce Wilkins ...
Susan (as Shannon Pierce)
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Police Detective
Ajgie Kirkland ...
Alex
Jake Wray ...
Garrett
Bobby Dean Miller ...
Dave
Jackie McGavin ...
Taylor
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Choosing Matthias is the story of a young couple who after losing their son Jason, struggle to keep their lives and relationship intact. Maggie and Charlie find this to be an impossible task, until they meet Matthias, a young boy who also has tragically lost his family. It is only through opening their hearts to love again do they all find their path to healing. Written by Anonymous

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10 August 2009 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Matthiast választva  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Manipulative and preachy
12 October 2004 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

"Choosing Matthias" is possibly the most cliché-ridden movie ever made, featuring a groan worthy, over-the-top performance by Caia Coley. Ms. Coley's directing is just as bad as her acting; she takes on both duties in this production, and fails at each.

Charlie and Maggie are a married couple touched by tragedy when their young son is kidnapped and killed in the big city. The requisite marital problems, rage, and god-questioning ensue, and the following ninety-odd minutes take us from one canned scene to the next. The ending is as maudlin as it is predictable, complete with an almost-literal cliff-hanger "climax".

Predictability is always a problem with movies like this one, but "Choosing Matthias" makes it all too easy for us to guess where things are going, even when much-needed exposition is missing from the first half of the movie. Every stock character makes an appearance: the wise-cracking delivery guy; the empathetic friends; the kindly old man; the concerned social worker with the permanently furrowed brow; the all-merciful deity.

It suffers not merely from atrocious acting, eye-rolling dialog, and a stale Christian "trials of Job" undercurrent, but from amateurish technical issues. There's a weird sound problem in a couple of scenes that makes some off-camera characters sound like they're talking into an empty Kleenex box. To extend the drama of several scenes, or perhaps due to a lazy (or broke) director who chose not to re-shoot, the frame rate is noticeably slowed, sometimes immediately before dialog.

Wow, this is one bad movie.


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