Brendan King has been everywhere and done nearly everything. Mike and Vanessa are not the first foster parents he has had, but they have agreed to give him one last chance to help him finish high school and turn his life around for good. Informed by his newfound faith, Brendan seeks to leave his checkered past behind and discover exactly what God wants him to do. But he did not expect to get pulled into the troubled life of the local homecoming queen, be harassed by a suspicious detective friend of his new foster parents, or be visited by unwelcome characters from his criminal past. In spite of the odds against him, Brendan must dig deep in his faith in order to navigate the turbulent waters ahead.
Production Quality (2.5 points)
King’s Faith may be an obscure Christian film, but it is certainly not to be overlooked. The production quality is envied by many low budget independent movies. Its camera work is great, as is the video and sound quality. The editing puts many unique scenes together skillfully. Diverse sets are used to film many different types of scenes, from action to soft. The costuming and makeup work are good. The only caveat here is that there seems to be a few filler scenes to lengthen the runtime. Otherwise, there is nothing to complain about in the production of King’s Faith. It sets a new standard for first-time independent Christian films.
Plot and Storyline Quality (2 points)
King’s Faith is based on true events, and the plot captures a sense of realism. It is a semi-linear plot, and not completely non-linear. The dialogue is authentic, thus building the characters well. The intentions and personality traits of the characters are showcased well. Issues that face juvenile ex-convicts are portrayed well. The end is not what is usually expected of semi-inspirational plots. However, as previously mentioned, there is some wasted time in the movie. Another issue is the presence of unnecessary narration. We suggest that more flashbacks to build the characters would have remedied both of these issues, thus creating a perfect plot score. Nonetheless, King’s Faith is a great plot and an excellent starting point for future movies from this crew.
Acting Quality (3 points)
For a cast of little-known actors in an obscure movie, the acting is excellent. Nothing is overplayed and emotions are displayed accurately. This demonstrates the handiwork of great acting coaching. Though the cast is modest in number, they carry the movie well and prove that it is possible to have great acting in a lesser-known independent film.
Re-integrating into society after concerted jail time is difficult for a juvenile offender. Such a person needs a social safety net, accountability, and a purpose in life. King’s Faith deals with all of these issues without being too obvious or preachy. The Christian worldview is slightly understated, but it is not lacking. Overall, King’s Faith demonstrates that there is no excuse to ever make a cheap Christian film. Though it is not dynamic, it is profound and worth your time.
Final Rating: 7.5 out of 10 points