After Michael Spurlock leaves the sales world under less than honest circumstances, he decides the most natural thing for him to do is become a pastor so he can have more time for his family and so he can give back to the world rather than take from it. Thus, he is assigned by the parish to head up a dying church in small town Tennessee as a training ground under the church closes up. Then Michael is promised to move on to better things. However, the longer he is at the small church, the more Michael sees that there is purpose for it, especially since it is serving hundreds of Burmese refugees who have no one to turn to. With God’s intervention, they begin to see miracles happen right before their eyes.
Production Quality (2 points)
In keeping with the traditions of Affirm Films, All Saints is a good production on the surface and has no obvious errors. Video quality, camera work, and audio quality are all on the professional standards they should be on. The soundtrack is effective and is culturally relevant. The sets, locations, and props are all well-constructed and realistic. However, this film needs some serious editing work. Time is spent on all the wrong things and the plot overall lacks flow and continuity. However, Affirm has likely done enough to meet minimum market standards.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
Though this is a very intriguing true story that had a lot of potential, this potential is not reached. There are so many things that could have gone into this film that did not finish developing. The story is too dominated by the whining, unsure main character. Unfortunately, there is very little focus or purpose to this plot, even though there were plenty of opportunities to have this. There are a lot of disjointed and unrelated sequences that fill up the runtime and stunt character development by crowding out any scenes of meaningful dialogue, of which there are few. In the end, it’s sad to see how this story turned out because it had so much going for it.
Acting Quality (2 points)
John Corbett really puts a damper on this cast since he comes off as very fake and unsure of himself at the same time. Yet if you can look past him, the other cast members post some good performances. There is especially good multicultural casting and acting, even if we don’t get to see enough of them. Overall, this is a good section and makes this movie at least palatable.
Most people will probably be fine with this film, but it’s still a very disappointing experience. Why can’t we at least see some flashbacks of the Karen people in Burma? Their subplots are barely developed or explored as John Corbett dominates the runtime with his awkwardness. In short, though there was a chance for some interesting stories here, it barely materializes and wastes an amazing opportunity. We believe it’s time for Affirm Films to step out in faith and take a chance on a new genre of Christian film rather than churning out run-of-the-mill films like this one.
Final Rating: 4.5 out of 10 points