Hannah Bailey has always wanted a child. She and her husband, who is a pastor, have prayed and always supported pro-life causes, but they can never have one of their own. Carla Owens is a detective determined to bring an elusive yet serial rapist to justice, all while battling unforeseen medical problems. Then, the unthinkable happens that brings these two women together with a common goal. Yet in the midst of it all, where is God when He says all things will work together for good?
Production Quality (1.5 points)
For the most part, the production of Where is Good? is fairly professional, but there are some issues that keep it average. Video quality and camera work are on standard. However, there is too much blank audio quality and dead air, as well as an inconsistent soundtrack. Sets, locations, and props are realistic and are utilized well. However, the editing is somewhat amateurish as scenes either cut back and forth too quickly, chop off at awkward points, or lag too long. These errors make for a confusing experience and drag down the overall quality. Thus, this production must be rated as average.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
From the beginning on, Where is Good? appears to be trying to push a very clear point, and this is accomplished by using juvenile, obvious, and sometimes grasping dialogue. Unfortunately, though there is a lot of it, the dialogue does nothing to help the characters feel accessible or realistic. Some very interesting issues are raised and explored throughout this plot, but they are portrayed in a very simplistic manner that causes the story to seem unrealistic and contrived. There are too many disjointed subplots that cause the storyline to lack focus, even though the purpose is clear. Too many flat, dry sequences cause the runtime to extend too far and overstay its welcome. However, even though things are all over the place for almost two hours of this film and the presentation of these issues is amateurish, for roughly the last ten minutes of the film, an interesting twist materializes that casts the entire story in a new light. Unfortunately, it’s too little too late and this idea is mostly wasted. It would be interesting to see this plot rewritten, because there is some potential here that it mostly left on the proverbial field.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
While there are some bright spots among this mostly amateur cast, there are quite a few issues that reflect poor acting coaching. Sometimes line delivery is too forceful and dramatic, while other times it is too breathy. Emotions are inconsistent, and there is far too much yelling. In the end, it just comes out as average.
Where is Good? joins the growing list of Christian films that desperately need a remake because of the innovative and creative ideas they carry in damaged packaging. There are many unique concepts locked inside of seemingly incomplete films that need to be either partially tweaked or completely refurbished so that they can have full impact on the entertainment field. One day, perhaps some of them will be remade, but at the very least, future film makers can learn from the their mistakes and not repeat them.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 10 points