In the year 2030, Christianity is effectively outlawed in America due to a series of controversial laws passed by Congress and rulings handed down from the Supreme Court. Christians are forced to live in secret, but some of them risk their lives to share their faith with others. Thus, Zach Thompson, his family, and his friends decide that they are going to take down the government by hacking into their system and broadcasting a message of truth to the entire country. However, what price will they pay for this?
Production Quality (0 points)
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: if you don’t have the money to fund your big idea, please please please don’t make it until the funding is there. There is absolutely no reason to further muddle the market with laughable Christian productions. The Freedom of Silence is very cheap-looking, including grainy video quality and shaky camera work. The lighting is most scenes is positively deplorable, especially the dark torture scenes. Audio quality is also abysmal, including audible outside noises, and the generic soundtrack is often too loud. There is also a good amount of overdubbed audio. Sets, locations, and props are very limited in cheap—this also goes for the special effects. Finally, the editing is quite choppy and confusing, including abrupt and awkward transitions. For such a big idea, this production simply does not cut it. It is too limited and short-sighted and thus completely falls flat.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
While this futuristic concept is an interesting idea (this is the only redeeming quality of the film), it has been completely mishandled in The Freedom of Silence. The dystopian premise is very thin and flimsy—it is not explained well and is very small scale compared to what the writers are trying to portray. There is far too much off-screen content that the budget would not allow them to include, so this is really a big idea taken far too lightly. The storyline is just a collection of information dump conversations, awkward dialogue, and over the top torture scenes. The characters therein are very empty and robotic, except for the villains, which are total strawmen. There is also far too much heavy-handed messaging and unexplainable content. Essentially, if there weren’t an interesting idea somewhere in here, this film would have zero positive aspects.
Acting Quality (0 points)
This amateur cast has been given no help. This is supposed to be a highly serious film, yet the acting is extremely stiff and awkward. Lines are said far too quickly and there is too much yelling. Emotions are very wooden and unrealistic. Unfortunately, there is nothing good to say here.
We desperately need different genres and premises in Christian film, but this is most certainly not the way. The cover of this film looks way better than the actual movie does. Imagine an excited Christian’s disappointment when they begin watching this film based on what the outside looks like. Viewers will either have to laugh or cry at this mess, so it should serve as a reminder to future film makers that if the budget is not there, do not make the film.
Final Rating: .5 out of 10 points