A family that no longer spends very much time together decides to go on a long-planned desert hike to try to mend what is broken. The father doesn’t take things seriously at first, but as things begin to go from bad to worse, he sees the cost of his actions. His wife falls unconscious after falling off of a cliff face, his daughter sustains a leg injury, and he sustains multiple life-threatening injuries. As they limp around the desert in search of food, water, and help, will they ever be saved?
Production Quality (.5 point)
In an attempt to shoot and outdoor adventure, some elements of the production of Desert Redemption are not half bad, such as the video quality and the realistic sets. Lighting is improved outside, but there are still a myriad of issues that detract from these small positives. Camera work is very shaky and audio quality is often so bad that the characters cannot be understood. While the soundtrack is interesting, it is often too loud and out of place. There are also a lot of loud outdoor noises. The runtime is dominated by scenery footage, and thus, no editing is present. Essentially, this is more of an effort than usual for Faith House, but still not good enough.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
Once again, there is barely any plot to speak of in this film. Three characters go into the desert and start getting tons of injuries. From there, it’s just one manufactured drama after another with a dose of juvenile Christianity. Everything bad happens at once and in a laughable fashion. It really just boils down to a predictable survival plot, just done very poorly. Though there are only three main characters in this film, they do not develop into realistic people but instead remain wooden due to lack of substantial dialogue. Instead, there are too many sequences of characters laying around grunting and breathing hard. Then, when the time runs out, everything gets fixed through narration. As if it couldn’t get any worse, this is probably Faith House’s thinnest plot to date. So why are they still writing plots?
Acting Quality (0 points)
In perhaps the smallest cast ever, the three main cast members are very juvenile and amateurish. They have no clear direction in their acting as they awkwardly force emotions and lines. They also demonstrate some of the most laughable injury acting we have ever witnessed. If they mean well, which we are sure they do, it’s unfortunate that they are portrayed in this fashion.
We ask ourselves time and again: how can a studio this juvenile and unprofessional continually fund feature-length films? How were A Calling of Courage, A Box of Faith, and this one not forced to be short films? They barely have enough plot content to be thirty minutes long without all the wasted footage and activities of daily living. What has happened in the world of Christian film to allow films such as these to exist? Somebody has some serious soul searching to do.
Final Rating: .5 out of 10 point