Life Changes Everything: Discover Zac Ryan (Movie Review)

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Plot Summary

Dr. Zac Ryan is a clinical research oncologist searching for a cancer cure when he discovers that his trial patient is his biological father. This is significant because Zac’s mother had him at a young age, and Zac never knew who his father was other than the man who wanted to abort him. Will they be able to reconcile and find a cure for cancer before it’s too late?

Production Quality (1.5 points)

For the most part, the production of Life Changes Everything is average. Audio quality is inconsistent, and the soundtrack is generic. Lighting is mostly fine with some odd moments. Video quality and camera work are respectable, and sets, locations, and props are passage. However, the editing is quite choppy and a bit disorienting at times. Another dominant quality of this production is its extreme generic-ness. There’s really nothing special about it, and it’s hard to differentiate from a lot of run-of-the-mill Christian films. Thus, it receive a middle-of-the-road score.

Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)

Moreover, the story is a bit convoluted at times. Narration cripples any chance of deeper development, and a lot of the happenings are squarely based on childish coincidences and unexplained happenings that have little basis in reality. However, there is a good use of flashbacks that saves this plot from being null though both the present and past storylines are very slow, boring, and empty. It’s hard to know who these characters actually are beyond being stand-ins for social issues. While some of the pro-life concepts are slightly intriguing, the core concept (trying to find a cure for cancer) is almost laughable since the writers had a very difficult time explaining how it actually works or answering legitimate questions some of their own characters ask other characters. It’s not clear whether or not they actually thought about how the medical breakthrough would look since they were so focused on engineering another pro-life gotcha moment. When dealing with such a huge topic, sound research and expertise is extremely necessary. In the end, however, the confusing concepts, combined with the drab nature of the storytelling, just aren’t enough to make this film worthwhile.

Acting Quality (.5 points)

To top things off, the acting of Life Changes Everything is unfortunately quite blank and vanilla, especially the lead actor. The performances don’t have anything substantial to offer since there is almost no emotion exhibited by the cast members. Line delivery is average, and there aren’t any glaring errors, which keep this section from being zero, but it’s not enough to save this movie from itself.

Conclusion

Some of the pro-life concepts put forth by this screenplay are worth seeing in some type of remake, but the idea of a person not being able to change the world if they are aborted is a bit of a red herring. Even still, the central components of the plot would be passable if the production was improved, the acting was upgraded, and the cancer cure was better explained. These alterations would have at least made it an average film, which could have been a good starting point. However, as it is, we’re left wondering what could have been.

Final Rating: 2.5 out of 10 points

3 thoughts on “Life Changes Everything: Discover Zac Ryan (Movie Review)

  1. Explaining something that has never been done is indeed usually laughable; if you understood it well enough to explain it, then you would probably just do it yourself. That’s a more common problem in science fiction; they are always trying to describe the impossible. To me science fiction is mostly laughable, usually unwatchable. My day job is a physicist. I’ve got lots of patents. I can usually explain my work to people with a similar background. I probably can’t explain it to people without the correct background. To try to do so makes us both look silly. I certainly can’t explain things that I can easily show to be impossible, but people in the movies try it all the time. That’s why I can’t watch much science fiction; for me it’s like watching a cartoon, it requires too much suspension of disbelief. Even more, I can’t explain problems that no one even has a path toward a broad solution at the moment; people barely understand the links, and cause and effect is mostly unknown. That’s this category. They tried to explain something that realistically has no clear or probable relation to a real solution. I can’t fault them for trying. Box Office Revolutionary (BORe for short) says they appreciate those that have done the best they have with what they have to work with. If that were true, I think the reviews would sometimes be less harsh. Making a movie is hard and expensive work. I think they did their best. I showed this movie at our Drive-In last year. Funny thing is, the hundred or so people there seemed to like it a lot. Some had tears.

    Perhaps BORe has a bigger problem with the simple idea that this film tried to illustrate. It’s not a new idea. It’s an idea that I am a strong proponent of, that the likely hood that some of the 45,000,000 aborted in the US since 1970 would likely by now have solved some of the major problems in medicine or science. Or in the arts. Perhaps some would be making movies that even BORe would find thoughtful or creative. I find it totally implausible that the entire 45 million were worthless. No one is. God doesn’t make junk. He has a plan and a purpose for each. We have just decided as a society that they had no purpose, but were just an inconvenient burden. I find that very sad.

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