Austin is a talented football player, but his coach has it out for him for no particular reason, which has forced Austin to stay on the bench for most plays. Whenever he gets a chance, Austin makes big plays, but when some off-the-field issues begin to change and move him in a different direction, Austin isn’t sure if he can live without football or his girlfriend. However, Austin discovers a new group of friends who introduce him to Jesus, and his life is never the same after that.
Production Quality (2 points)
As a fairly new production, Shake Off the World has a good enough production to get by. This is evidenced by clear video quality and fine camera work, including good sports action shots. Audio quality is okay throughout, but there are too many moments where the soundtrack is simply too loud to hear anything. Sets, locations, and props are also mostly fine, but there are quite a few scenes that are randomly dark for no good reason. Further, there are too many quick fade-outs and transitions that appear to interrupt the flow of the film at times. Overall, this production does just enough to get above the average mark.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
While Shake Off the World appears to begin as a slightly interesting true story, it quickly devolves into a big nothingburger. Predictably present are all the typical sports story elements, but it still lacks an effort to be interesting. In between the expected sports montages are very dry and drab conversations between characters that do nothing to develop them as people. They aren’t accessible, and the empty dialogue makes them come off as wooden and stiff. Thus, they are hard to relate to, and they appear to be swept along in random plot circumstances that have no continuity, logic, or feeling. Due to the high amount of time spent in montages, the story line is rushed and actually quite short and small in scope. Most scenes and subplots come off as disconnected from the others, and by the time the film ends, it feels like it barely got off the ground. When a film feels like it’s over before it began, something went horribly wrong in the plot department.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
Despite not having many lines to work with, the acting is actually just average. The cast definitely means well even though they are underwhelming at times. Some lines are mumbled, and some emotions appear to not reach their full potential. However, they did enough to keep this area at the middle mark.
It’s quite hard to understand why this film was made and what it was going for. If the creators meant well, their messaging was totally lost in translation. They either cut too many scenes or didn’t plan enough to begin with. While it was a good idea to make a film based off of true events, the true story definitely did not come through, and this frustrates many audiences. Maybe this creative team will have better luck next time.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 10 points