After Sarah’s mother tragically dies, she begins to lose her sense of purpose in life. Then, in a moment of weakness, she allows herself to be influenced in a dangerous way and finds herself being pursued by a dark and mysterious man who suddenly takes interest in her. Life becomes more confusing for her when her father tells her his future plans. She wants to believe that there is more to life than she can perceive, but as the darkness closes in, she has nowhere to turn.
Production Quality (1.5 points)
For a low budget production, Charge Over You is great, though it still has some issues. Video quality and camera work are mostly good, though the opening sequence is pretty roughly done. The audio quality is sometimes too poor, including loud background noises, but the soundtrack is superb. Sets and locations are realistic, but some of the inside scenes are too dark. There also tends to be too much silence throughout, along with too many wasted sequences. However, it is clear that thought was put into this effort as there is plenty of positive to find here, especially for a first time work.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
Despite the confusing opening sequence, Charge Over You makes excellent use of flashbacks and well-constructed dialogue that is centered around the debate of logic versus spirituality. Though this film deals with the demonic and the Satanic, it handles the issues differently than most films, although we would have liked to see a deeper storyline to accompany it. There are great ideas embedded into this plot, but they need more development and complexity, as do all of the characters. Dialogue ranges across many topics, but more focus is needed to give this film a sense of direction. The mysterious elements in this film are commendable, but they also seem to waste too much time—more content was needed to make them effective. While there is a good message in this film that is not overly-preachy, there are some cheesy characters to derail it. Also, the ending sequence is fairly amateurish and leaves something to be desired. In short, this is a great effort and has tons of potential; cultivating this will lead to great things.
Acting Quality (2.5 points)
The casting and acting are the strongest points of this film. Though these are mostly ‘amateur’ actors and actresses, they do a great job. Line delivery is effective and emotions are believable. The only caveat to highlight here is some cheesy acting by one particular cast member, but it’s not enough to hurt this effort. This portion is a job well done.
The CitiPointe Church team has a lot of potential and creatively waiting to be tapped into. They handle spiritual warfare issues fairly well, though this movie is overall an unfinished idea that desperately needs a remake. Nonetheless, this low budget production shows promise and the casting is excellent. Therefore, it will be interesting to see if this team has any more productions planned for the future, because they could be onto something big.
Final Rating: 5 out of 10 points