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Ethan Jenkins (Michael W. Smith) and Jake Sanders (introducing Jeff Obafemi Carr) are both passionate pastors who worship the same God from the same book--but that's where the similarity ends. White and well-to-do Ethan is comfortable in his music ministry at the media-savvy suburban mega-church, The Rock; Jake is a street smart African-American who ministers to the gang members, teen mothers, and drug addicts of the urban Second Chance. When they are suddenly thrown together in a tough neighborhood and forced to work side by side, Ethan discovers there is no boundary between the streets and the sanctuary. But can the faith these two men share overcome the prejudices that divide them to give themselves and a struggling urban church a second chance?Written by
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Traditional music by Winfield S. Weeden
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Anyone giving this film anything higher than a 3 or 4 is deluded. As a Christian and a filmmaker I was embarrassed watching this show. The director was completely lost and in over his head. The photography was offensive and showed a complete lack of respect for the craft. The production sound was below standard. I understand the filmmakers may have been going for a natural, gritty look, but this was like a bad student film.
As far as the acting - MW Smith may have a future, but he needs a real director and a real pro to act against. Jeff Carr was adequate but lacked the experience to break free and take his character to a different level. This too, I blame on the director. Most of the film was just plain weird - odd vignettes edited together with no feel or style.
It all starts with the script - if you've got a vague, disjointed screenplay, you're gonna get a vague, disjointed movie like The Second Chance. The biggest issue with producing a show this bad is that Hollywood, which has opened a small window for faith-based shows (thanks to Mel Gibson, isn't going to tolerate box-office returns like those of Second Chance. The studios don't really know what will work, so they will spend a little money and distribute a film like this - and when it completely tanks at the box-office, the studios will sadly close the window. It will be a business decision, and a wise one, and one that will, sadly kill the chances for the breakout Christian film that may surface someday.
Christian filmmakers have a responsibility to create product that is at or above the visual standard set by Hollywood - anything less is just plain disrespectful of the viewer and the industry. Fortunately, we have a recent film like End of the Spear, which shows that faith-based films can be beautifully shot, directed with care and produced to the highest standards.
Sorry to be so harsh, but Christians have to understand that they can't get a free ride and produce sub-standard fare knowing they have a built-in audience.
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