After Nikki’s original encounter with Jesus Christ, her daughter Sarah grew to resent her mother’s new faith commitment. Now, over ten years later, Sarah plans to rebel against the faith of her parents by going to make her own life at a far off art school. As Sarah takes a trip to visit the school, she is ‘coincidentally’ sat beside a mysterious stranger on the plane (multiple times). The more she talks to Him, the more she begins to feel her heart soften. What will she learn before she reaches her destination?
Production Quality (1 point)
Though the production of Another Perfect Stranger has improved from The Perfect Stranger, that’s not really saying much. Video quality and camera work are the most marked improvements; audio quality also shows steps in the right direction. However, the soundtrack is quite stock. Sets are still severely limited, but the most is made of them. The Kelly’s Filmworks team still has a weird obsession with soft lighting that becomes annoying. As for the editing, there are too many filler scenes and too much wasted time. Essentially, while things are progressing in the right direction, it’s still difficult to see why productions this simplistic are so hard to nail.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
For starters, this title is stupid. Naming a sequel movie ‘another something’ is so cheesy, but in this case, it’s not even true, because it depicts the same Stranger from the first installment, not a different one. Anyways, Another Perfect Stranger begins with a useless recap of its predecessor, as if we missed something. Once again, this second installment is full of uninspiring dialogue that speaks of lots of off-screen content and creates convenient plot turns. Though this movie is again about two characters talking on a wide range of topics, we still don’t really get to know them very well. With so few characters, these should be deep characters, but they only seem vague in the end. However, their conversations do improve throughout the film and there are some good points raised, even though there are a number of odd comments and asides that seem out of place. But what this plot really comes down to is the fact that there is simply not enough plot content to sustain it, as it is basically a stuck-on-a-plane plot that doesn’t involved the Rapture. We want to like it, but just can’t find many reasons to.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
Jefferson Moore, like Bruce Marchiano, has a Jesus complex; however, Moore might be a better actor than Marchiano when all is said and done. Other cast members in Another Perfect Stranger are okay. There is some over-acting, but emotions are overall believable. Line delivery is mostly average. Overall, this is an average effort with a small cast.
The Perfect Stranger saga is the definition of untapped potential. The saga is based on a very simple idea that needs to be taken farther in order to have full effectiveness. As they are, these films are just cute little Christian movies that people might smile about and then completely forget about. Christian film makers need to strive to be dynamic and groundbreaking; we need to get out of our little bubble and go make a different with our movies. An encounter with Jesus should be a difference maker, not another pedestrian effort.
Final Rating: 3 out of 10 points