The wounds between two brothers are only deepened on one tragic day when the daughter of one of them is tragically killed in an avoidable accident. The brothers and their families are immediately divided by hate and grief, which sends all of the family members spiraling and searching for answers in all the wrong places. Secrets are kept and vices are sought, and the only way out is through confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Will they return to the faith their profess with these actions?
Production Quality (2 points)
It is clear that a lot of time went into making this production, as most elements are fairly professional. Camera work is mostly good except for some inconsistently shaky moments. Video quality is on standard, but sometimes there is some randomly poorly-lit scenes. Audio quality is fine and the soundtrack is intriguing. Sets, locations, and props are all realistic and appropriate. The editing is okay, but there are some confusing cuts and transitions and isolate the story. But overall, these are all minor errors and the production as a whole meets industry standards.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
Chasing Grace depicts a very interesting story, even if it is too slow to develop. It contains many realistic circumstances and accessible struggles, but it also has a lot of dead sequences that don’t hold the attention. There are a lot of long and drawn out conversations, but the characters are fairly well-developed. Yet there are too many under-developed and vague subplots due to a confusing and disorienting presentation of events that includes unnecessarily missing gaps of time. Family problems are given a fair look, but many of the problems presented are fixed far too easily and in ways that would never work in real life. The Christian message is good, though there are some moments of melodrama. Overall, this is a really good plot effort, especially in developing the characters, but as usual, we strongly feel like it could have been more.
Acting Quality (2.5 points)
This is a highly professional casting job and lends the best elements to this film, as each actor and actress is cast appropriately and coaching well. Even Rusty Martin Jr. posts a good performance. There are only some minor errors among this cast, mostly of slightly overdone emotions. Otherwise, this is a job well done.
Chasing Grace joins the ranks of middle-ground Christian films that stand out in the market due to their successful attempts at creating quality films. However, it has a handful of small issues that hold it back from being all that it could be. A character-driven story needs deep characters and a seamless plot that flows without confusion. This is certainly difficult to pull off, especially when you have a lot of other elements to think about, but it is definitely possible and worth it in the end. Films like this one are something to build off of for the future, so it will be interesting to see what the Catalyst team has planned next.
Final Rating: 5.5 out of 10 points