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The movie was recently added to Netflix recently. I had never heard of it, but I gave it a shot as Nexflix had rated it 4 of 5 stars. Wow did they miss on this movie.
When I watch a movie I like to be told a story. The best movies leave you with some kind of message. It can be a deep or complex message like the one I received from "Slingblade" that sin is not black and white. Or it could be a simple message like the one I got from "Transformers" that big, living alien robots blowing up stuff is cool.
I could not follow the story in this movie. This 88 minute movie had less dialog than average comic book. Without the dialog one must rely on the images to understand what is happening to our character. Yet the editing and direction are terrible. There are countless scenes where I found myself thinking, "What happened there? Did I miss something?" I would end up rewinding to repeat the scene, and I found that I did not miss anything. "Oh well, perhaps something will happen later that will make sense out of that scene." Nope. Either the director did not set up the shot correctly, he did not get his actors to preform in a manner that would convey the message he intended, or the editor did not use the right clip to convey the message to the viewer.
The Netflix summary offers a little more info than the one here on IMDb, so I don't think I'm offering a spoiler here. It says the newlywed suffers a tragedy and leaves her husband and successful job on a personal spiritual journey. That synopsis appealed to me. Unfortunately, I was never able to understand what the lead character was looking for. I could see that after her tragedy she began to question whether the typical "American Dream" of a big house, a fancy car, and a large family was the best that life had to offer. In her spiritual journey she started seeking the Christian God. But by the end of the movie I was only left with questions about what it was she was seeking, or what she was going to do to find that inner peace, or whether or not she even found it!
The character development is totally unbelievable. The script and the director did a terrible job of justifying her decision to leave her husband. If the director was trying to make the husband look like a heartless jerk who was more concerned about his career and getting ahead than his marriage and his wife, he did a terrible job.
Here is more terrible character development. At one point in the movie we find our lead character was a competitive cheerleader in high school. Have you seen these girls on ESPN? The are full of pep, full of energy, and they always have bright eyes and huge smiles. Yea, some of that is merely acting for the judges, but you can't be a competitive cheerleader unless some of that personality comes naturally. Our lead character is morose, slow, and quiet. If she was once a cheerleader it's as if she is now on too high a dosage of Xanax.
I am a person of faith and I thought I was going to see a thought provoking movie about finding an inner strength to overcome adversity. All I found was a boring, slow movie with bad writing and character development that had no message of any kind for the viewer. I would have given it one star, but this would be a good movie to watch to put you to sleep.
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