Ethan, Catherine, Luke, Ryder, and Alexandria, friends through college, have finally reaches graduation and are ready to go out and change the world. However, the world they find outside of the college classroom is not the one they anticipated. Catherine and Luke seem to be following their lives’ purposes when they embark to serve the Lord in India. Catherine and Ryder are set on making an impact in the business world. Ethan feels stuck working for his lonely father’s restaurant, even though he dreams of going to graduate school. Each person has a different path to follow and each friend must discover God’s purpose for their lives.
Production Quality (2 points)
Unlike most PureFlix distributed films, This is Our Time has good production elements. The camera work and video quality are both pretty good. The sound quality is inconsistent at times. The sets and locations are pretty good, considering the story takes place in America and India. The editing is unfortunately sub-par; there are too many scenes that appear to be filler. Some events take place off screen and confuse the viewer. Overall, This is Our Time has a pretty good production effort, but it is not quite there yet.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1.5 points)
This is Our Time has a very unique plot structure that is not typical to most inspirational plots. Usually, when more than three subplots are crammed together in a movie, it comes off as choppy, but in this instance, it works fairly well since the subplots are all related to characters who graduated together. The topics discussed in the film are accessible to average viewers. There are some interesting twists throughout the film. However, there are just too many negative factors in this plot. Some situations are very trumped up and contrived. Most of the dialogue is empty and thus, the characters are left wanting. The worst part is that it didn’t have to be this way—we feel that Lisa Arnold has more potential than this. There are several important messages in this film that are lost due its low quality. In short, we believe that a larger, more dedicated crew would have greatly improved this movie.
Acting Quality (.5 point)
This cast had potential, but they are obviously not coached well. A lot of the line delivery is very forced and the emotions are not believable. Once again, we believe that it didn’t have to be this way. There was simply too much left on the proverbial field.
This is Our Time joins a collection of Christian films that desperately needed a rewrite and\or a redo. Had Lisa Arnold had a better team surrounding her in the production of this movie, it could have reached its full potential. Quality control is the real issue here—the tools are there, but they are not placed in the right hands. In the future, we hope to see Lisa Arnold recruit people who can help bring her intriguing plots to life.
Final Rating: 4 out of 10 points