When a locally popular high school football player and role model is taken to the hospital with sudden medical complications, the entire small town finds themselves lost and confused. The head coach’s family is having hidden problems and other families are suffering from hidden secrets and sins. The school counselor tries to help wherever anyone will let him, but most people will not let him into their world. However, slowly but surely, walls begin to come down so that healing can start.
Production Quality (2 points)
For the most part, Find a Way is a professional production. Camera work is mostly good, even though there are some random moments of shakiness. Audio quality is in the same boat, with some inconsistency and a stock soundtrack. Yet sets, locations, and props are highly professional and well-constructed. Editing is also fairly good, which is a change from the norm in independent inspirational films like this one. Overall, this is a respectable effort that could be a stepping stone to greater things.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
Unfortunately, Find a Way does fall into the typical pitfalls of independent film making when it comes to its plot. This story is somewhat limited from the start, but it contains interesting ideas and realistic circumstances that need further development. It sometimes has a one-track mind and wastes a lot of time on trite asides, which stunts character development and makes them one-dimensional. Sometimes it is difficult to discern what this story is supposed to be about due to the multiple under-developed subplots presented here. There are important issues explored here pertaining to broken families, but they are not handled very well due to lack of real focus. Also, all the problems are basically solved in unrealistic fashions, which teaches the audience nothing. It’s sad to see reality cheapened because this story could have been really interesting. But once again, we are left wondering what could have been.
Acting Quality (2 points)
Though sometimes lines are mumbled and some actors and actresses are awkward, this cast posts mostly professional performances. Emotions are believable and each cast member seems to fit their character well. This is another respectable effort that could be a sign of greater things to come.
Find a Way is one of those frustrating movies that contain s creative and realistic ideas that will likely never really be seen by a wide audience because it will be lost in the endless swirl of independent Christian films that are constantly being produced. It is not bad enough to be remembered for its badness and it’s not good enough to truly make a difference. But perhaps this is only the beginning of good things still to come from this creative team.
Final Rating: 4.5 out of 10 points