After the death of Jesus, two men were on the road to Emmaus when they were suddenly met by a (perfect?) stranger Who appeared both know little about recent events and yet know so much about the Jewish Law and Prophets. As the (perfect) stranger talked with them, they became hopeful over what He had to say, but they had no idea that their encounter (lol) with Him would change their lives forever.
Production Quality (2 points)
Beginning with recycled footage from The Visual Bible: Matthew, Road to Emmaus is essentially an add-on to The Visual Bible saga. As such, the production is relatively the same, except the constantly moving camera work that gets dizzying at times. Otherwise, video quality, audio quality, and soundtrack are all fairly standard. Sets, locations, and props demonstrate the usual attempts at authenticity. There are some abrupt cuts that keep the editing from being all that it could be, but Road to Emmaus is generally another above-average production.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
While this is an interesting idea for a short film since this is a Biblical story that often receives little attention, it is still just a short film, unfortunately. As such, it employs unnecessary narration that is not in the typical word-for-word model, as well as information-heavy dialogue that doesn’t help to build the characters and mostly tries to force the plot along. The conversations therein are too obvious and push an obvious message rather than letting the characters try to naturally develop as real people. It would have been more interesting, in my opinion, to frame the entire Gospel story into this one story through the use of flashbacks, but that would have required a feature length film. For the most part, this rendition of Road to Emmaus is fine, even if it has a below average plot.
Acting Quality (2 points)
Like The Visual Bible: Matthew, Road to Emmaus has mostly fine acting, even though the cast is not completely culturally authentic. However, emotions and line delivery are good, even though they tend to be slightly over-practiced at times. There are some slightly theatrics, and Marchiano is not in his better role in this film, but costuming to good, and there are enough positive elements to make this section above average.
As previously mentioned, the story of the road to Emmaus could have been more effectively utilized as a present-day anchor for flashbacks to other aspects of the Gospel as Jesus explains the Law and the Prophets to the two travelers. However, as this rendition is, it mainly just feels like a tack-on where it could have been the main thing. Perhaps another film maker will remake it in the future.
Final Rating: 5 out of 10 points