Michael Boyum was full of life and joy when Michelle first met him. They grew to love each other and then the unthinkable happened: Michael began having health problems and was diagnosed with leukemia. But they vowed to walk the journey together and to pray for God’s healing. However, the longer it went and as the cancer kept coming back, they began to wonder what God’s real plan was. Was God really listening or was there something they were missing? Ultimately, they found that God’s plans were much higher than their own.
Production Quality (2.5 points)
It’s very clear that much thought and care were put into this meaningful film that is based on true events. This is evident in the wisely-spent production budget that yielded big results. Camera work and video quality are flawless. Audio quality is professional and the original soundtrack is creative and engaging. Sets, locations, and props are extremely realistic. It’s sad to say, but there are some minor editing issues that keep this production from being all that it could be. But otherwise, Until Forever is a model production for independent film makers—you can hardly get any better than this.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1.5 points)
Based on true events—you probably already know that we prefer this sort of plot because of realism—Until Forever demonstrates honesty and authenticity. The struggles of the characters can be appreciated and connected with, yet they are not as deep as they could be. This is likely due to under-developed dialogue, an overuse of narration, and too much silent dialogue that is covered over with musical montages. There are also some peripheral characters and subplots that needed more exploration instead of that extra musical montage. However, this film still demonstrates a great exploration of tough issues, including a fair and balanced philosophical conversation with the opposing point of view. Even though the storyline follows a vague progression of time, the messaging is highly effective, as is the ending. This is a touching story and is definitely worth a watch.
Acting Quality (2 points)
Though this cast clearly means well, they begin in a very awkward fashion—we are unsure as to how purposeful this is. Nonetheless, it doesn’t really come off right, but they are saved by the fact that their performances do improve as the movie goes on, which is possibly due to improved coaching. Emotions are realistic and easy to connect with. On the whole, this is an above-average performance.
Until Forever should be a standard film in Christian entertainment, not an exception to the rule. The market should be flooded with films like this, not the usual Christian-labeled garbage you stumble upon on video streaming services. This film tells a real story in the most honest and meaningful way possible and spends time, effort, and money in doing so. All we can ever ask from film makers is that they do the best they can with what God has given them, and the Linn family did this with Until Forever. We can’t wait to see what they have planned next.
Final Rating: 6 out of 10 points