As Sarah is dying of cancer, she makes her oldest son, Drew, promise to take his younger brother back to the hometown they had once escaped from. Drew reluctantly agrees and is forced to reconnect with the brother he doesn’t know very well in order to return and find what his mother wanted him to look for: redemption. The problem is, once he’s back home, Drew begins to remember everything he wanted to forget—especially the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father. Will he be able to grapple with his past in order to find hope for the future?
Production Quality (2.5 points)
As production newcomers on the Christian film scene, Spencer T. Folmar and the Third Brother Films team are already making waves. In Generational Sins, they have demonstrated that they definitely know what they are doing. Video quality is crisp and camera work is creative. Audio quality has no issues and the soundtrack is very intriguing and thought-provoking. Sets, locations, and props are well-invested in and well-constructed. The only errors in this production pertain to some small editing issues, but on the whole, this is a top-notch effort that should continually yield great results in the future.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
It’s clear that the Third Brother team wanted to do something different with this movie, and it’s completely fine to create ‘edgy’ content in Christian movies for the purpose of demonstrating true redemption. However, it’s another matter to jump head-long into a typical secular film script and completely overuse profanity and expletives. While it’s true that this is realistic for the people portrayed, it doesn’t exactly convey the message that I think the writers are trying to convey here. The characters are definitely realistic—maybe too realistic—yet the dialogue suffers for creativity. The circumstances portrayed in this film can definitely be related to by an unfortunate amount of people, yet they are not entirely handled well. There is too much brooding darkness in this movie with very little redemption. Even the redemption that is offered seems cheap and just for the sake of tacking it on at the end. On the whole, this plot is somewhat predictable, and it’s not helped by the free-flowing expletives, yet there is a ton of potential here if it’s honed properly.
Acting Quality (2.5 points)
Though this cast is made of people not well known in most circles, they do a fine job with what they have been given. Most of them assume their roles appropriately and deliver their lines adequately. The only issues to point out here pertain to some extreme emotions that seem to be overplaying a lot. However, this section contributes to a respectable effort.
The last thing we needed was a cheap Christian movie about happy plastic white people, so at least Folmar and crew steered clear of that mold. But perhaps in reaction to this caricature, they have gone too far in the opposite direction. Yet despite this movie’s too-honest raw nature, there is still a lot of potential here that, if used in a healthy and redemptive way, could take the Christian movie field by storm. If we have honest, raw, edgy films like this one that have a palatable amount of ‘realistic’ content, then Christian film makers can change the world.
Final Rating: 6 out of 10 points