As one teenager lies in a hospital bed waiting for a heart transplant, the lives of several families around the small town are impacted in different ways. One family waits for the father to return home from prison, while another prays for their son to live. The pastor’s family wants to know why he is rarely home, but all of them want to know where God is in all of the pain as they try to medicate their hurts with many different things that will not satisfy.
Production Quality (1.5 points)
The opening sequence of Saving the Tin Man is interesting, but it’s still a bit confusing. However, the soundtrack is definitely creative, even if there is a lot of shaky camera work and poor lighting in the beginning of this production. There are also some weird sound effects and some moments of randomly bad audio and loud background noises. Flashbacks are also of an odd quality, and the editing has a strange penchant for cutting to the characters being talked about. There are also quite of few awkward and even abrupt cuts and transitions. Nonetheless, there is definite improvement throughout in all production areas, which is enough to earn this section an average score.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
Though this story tends to be a bit vague and artistic, it portrays the realistic struggles of the characters, even if they are a bit hard to access at times due to the fact that there are many of them. In fact, this plot has a hard time deciding on which character to wants to focus on, and thus elects to present their stories in an odd overlapping fashion. This makes the film very fractured and disjointed, and the sheer number of subplots hurts character development and makes dialogue too shallow. Also, the Christian message is a bit too trite at times. However, there is plenty of potential in this plot, and the ending is fairly though-provoking. With a bit more organization, this could have been a great film.
Acting Quality (2 points)
Portions of this section show an amateur nature, such as strange makeup work and some out of place line delivery. Other lines seem like they were done in only one take, while others are overly robotic and practiced. However, most mistakes are near the beginning and are mostly ironed out as the film proceeds. Thus, the acting becomes much better in the second half of the film, thus earning it an above-average score.
Movies like Saving the Tin Man are frustrating because it seems like they have the potential to go further than they do. Most of the time, movies like this one appear to be rushed, which prevents them from being all that they could be. With some improved production quality and a more focused plot, this film could have gone further. However, it will be interesting to see what this team does next.
Final Rating: 4 out of 10 points