One night, while Nikki is on her way to Chicago, she has a second encounter with Jesus. She knows she desperately needs Him again, but isn’t sure what to do. She’s at a crossroads in her faith and needs Jesus to help her understand what to do. However, as usual, Jesus does so in a way that even she could have never expected. So the real question to ask here is can you sit through another film of Jefferson Moore sitting in a cheap set while monologuing?
Production Quality (.5 point)
One again, video quality is the only redeeming element of this very low-effort production. Camera work is also fine, but there’s really nothing to it as the main sets are an SUV and a diner (lol). Besides there being awful lighting in these sets, Nikki and the Perfect Stranger includes the Kelly’s Filmworks specialty of overdone soft lighting. In addition, there is a cheesy use of special effects throughout. Finally, even though this film is less than an hour long, there is tons of wasted time that is designed to make it longer. This movie barely had justification as a short film, much less a fifty-minute one. In short, this is just another pile of utterly wasted funding.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
Again seriously? Why do we need a third installment in this already boring and barely justifiable series? And why name it such a stupid title? Didn’t we do this already? Yes, we did, as we are reminded through heavy-handed narration and rehashing of The Perfect Stranger and Another Perfect Stranger. This third film is full of more silly, meandering dialogue designed to kill time. The ideas therein are quite simplistic and only exist because this film was forced to happen. Any issues raised seem very trite and manufactured. Though we now have a second movie of Jefferson Moore talking to this character for more than 30 minutes, we still don’t get to know Nikki all that well—she is a distant and vague idea that never materializes into a real character. In the end, there is very little to note here since there is very little content to review. It’s very easy to spit out fifty minute films about Jefferson Moore talking to people in close quarters, but what does it accomplish?
Acting Quality (0 points)
At this point in the saga, the acting has greatly digressed to where it seems like none of them are trying or they are trying too hard. Jefferson Moore is slowly morphing into Bruce Marchiano. The other cast members are very robotic and overly practiced. No emotions can be felt. This is really just another disappointing mess.
As it turns out, Nikki’s Second Encounter (this movie’s new title lol) is the worst one of them all. With hardly anything going for it, there was never any justification for its creation. Creating another saga installment for the sake of creating it is just the sort of thing Christian entertainment does not need. The ideas behind this saga are noble and interesting, but execution is everything. Even the best idea can be ruined by poor presentation and untapped potential.
Final Rating: .5 out of 10 points