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Jackson's Run (2013)
It's like watching a really, really dull train wreck
When I went to see Jackson's Run in the theater I went in with a clear mind. I said to myself to just try to maybe get something out of it repeatedly as the lights went off and the movie started to roll. That little chat in my head quickly went out the windows around ten minutes into the movie. This is basically the movie equivalent of one of those Sunday morning evangelist shows no one really watches, filled with lots of stereotypes and saccharine fluff that's so over the top it's almost hard to watch. Heck, listing everything wrong about the movie probably would be almost as long as it. To start, the script is atrocious. The film breaks the "show don't tell" rule constantly and has dialogue that is more akin to a lifetime movie than one shown at cinemas. For example, take the time Jackson's mom goes to her young son's baseball game drunk. There you will see an imitation of a drunk more akin to a joke book than a movie trying to take itself seriously. The bad acting doesn't help this cause either, there were far too many times I wanted to laugh during a serious moment, and some where I just sat back in my seat wondering what the heck was going on. To make matters worse, there are plot points that'll make you want to bang your head against a wall. Jackson going to his brother's baseball game while he is told to stay in bed due to AIDS, which of course ends in disaster, the little brother's biological dad leaving when we haven't even seen him for more than a few minutes, and a plot twist about a homeless man Jackson befriends that I refuse to mention it just so I can see other's befuddlement at it's insanity. The movie's treatment of AIDS is also pretty bad, I doubt the people doing this movie had done much research about it, and in the end I'm pretty sure the Captain Planet episode handled the subject better. To top off this list of complaints, the camera work is unbelievably bad. Do you like looking at a flesh colored blob during a scene? If you said no, then I have bad news for you. That bizarre error and more are prevalent here, including its friend It's so dark I can't see what's going on. Overall Jackson's Run is a brutal experience, and if you want to see a good Christian themed movie go watch The Ten Commandments, Ben- Hur, or Prince of Egypt. Speaking of Christian themed movies, why do all of them now have to turn into a concert film somewhere along the line? Is Christian rock really that desperate nowadays?