Redemption Way (Movie Review)

Plot Summary

Jenny and Autumn were best friends growing up, but life took them different directions.  Jenny is now a Christian, working as a hospice nurse.  One day, her path once again crosses with Autumn’s as she is assigned her as a hospice case, which she had to refuse.  However, Jenny still goes to visit Autumn since she feels guilty about leaving her behind.  Jenny wants to save Autumn before it’s too late, but she will have to learn that only God can save people.

 

Production Quality (1.5 points)

It’s probably not the best idea to make two movies in one year.  This puts a strain on the creative team, and it shows up in the production.  Though video quality, camera work, and audio quality are okay in Redemption Way, the soundtrack is basically pedestrian and the lighting is too inconsistent.  Sets and locations are quite limited as well.  Furthermore, the editing is quite bad as there are some very long and lagging scenes that pump the film’s run time.  It is extremely difficult for this movie to hold the attention for this reason.  However, this is a first-time production shows some slight potential for the future.

Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)

While there is a good idea behind this film, it is certainly not communicated well at all.  Everything is too drab and dour.  I would say it’s melodramatic, but then again, it’s just not dramatic at all.  The messaging is too dry and simplistic as the story plays out like a long funeral.  It is difficult to relate to the struggles of the characters because they are so one-dimensional and because the plot is so narrow-minded.  The dialogue is also very dour and pedestrian; thus, it is not inspiring.  There are no twists and turns—just one long and sad story that fails to connect with the audience.  In the future, this team needs to work on making their plots more engaging.

Acting Quality (1.5 points)

Though the acting shows potential and though the cast members are certainly trying, their performances are just too overly practiced and robotic to be dynamic.  Some care was given to line delivery, but believable emotions are almost non-existent.  Basically, the acting is too textbook and not natural enough, but there are enough good moments to keep this section average.

Conclusion

This film really contains an incomplete idea that needs deepening, especially since grief plots are already quite hard to do.  It can be easy for plots like this one to fall into the slog that it fell into.  In order to understand what the characters of this plot are going through, we need to be able to connect with them as people.  Also, the cast members need to be coached to be more interesting, yet they also need better lines to help them out.  In the end, this film is mostly just a rough start, so it is possible that this team could improve down the road.

 

Final Rating: 3.5 out of 10 points

 

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5 thoughts on “Redemption Way (Movie Review)

  1. This movie is so derogatory towards the black woman. The main character in this movie is rude and aggressive and hostile to everyone but never apologize to the black woman at all. The writers basically used the black woman role as a antagonist as if she is IN the main characters way to get her way, NOT God’s way and she never even apologized. The writer of this script and directors should really search their heart. In no way did the main character show she should be anywhere near children forcing her self her & her way on everyone around her out her own self proclaimed Christian heart. She wanted to adopt (not really her husband) and she was so self centered she ignored his resistence forcing the issue on her husband and never even gave it no thought or notice of other people wants and needs around her when she wasn’t self serving in pretense of her own goodness. The simple fact that the writers thought this behavior was true Christian behavior is mind blowing. If this is what is in Christians heart, with no conscience, no wonder people are fleeing the churches like it’s a plague on society. But no one is perfect. Right? I simply can’t get over the abuse towards the black woman, especially.

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  2. Hello. Sorry if I was unclear. Silverwave produced “He Sends Rain.” Brad Podowski produced “Redemption Way.” I believe a review of “Redemption Way” should omit any reference to Silverwave or “He Sends Rain.” “Redemption Way” should be reviewed independently of any other films or production companies because it is Brad’s only feature film. Thank you.

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  3. Hello. Silverwave Entertainment did not have anything to do with Redemption Way. Both He Sends Rain and Redemption Way were distributed by Vision Video, but they were produced by two different creative teams. Brad Podowski wrote and directed Redemption Way. I believe his company is BP Video. Just wanted to bring this to your attention. Thank you.

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