Samantha Crawford believes that her life was perfect when her husband Billy was alive. Therefore, when he is murdered in a seemingly random mugging, her entire world—and faith—come crashing down. Ready to take her own life where her husband died, Sam’s suicide attempt is suddenly interrupted by the needs of two street kids who are injured in a hit and run. This distraction from her world of depression directs Sam down an unexpected path on which she reconnects with a childhood friend, Joe, who is now being a father to fatherless children on the streets and in the projects of Nashville. Together, they discover that God’s unconditional love changes everything, even hurts from the past.
Production Quality (3 points)
For a pilot film, the production quality of Unconditional is exquisite. The camera work is flawless. The editing is wonderful, masterfully mixing the past and the present. Since Brent McCorckle is a composer, the music of Unconditional gives the movie a very professional and artistic flair. The sets are very diverse and realistic. In short, there are no errors here as the crew obviously put a lot of time into making this film look very professional.
Plot and Storyline Quality (3 points)
Since this film is based on true events, it already has a lot going for it. The plot is not as linear as most plots, which is a good thing. True-to-life dialogue and poignant flashbacks build accessible and flawed characters. The events the characters experience are very realistic and believable. While the plot twists are minor, this is not an issue because this story could take place in any inner city in America. There is one surprise at the end that is a change-up from most movies, thus making this entire plot a breath of fresh air.
Acting Quality (3 points)
The cast of Unconditional is experienced and professional, and they are obviously coached well. While a majority of the actors are not explicitly Christian, they are utilized for good purposes. The lines are delivered well and the emotions are believable. In short, the acting of Unconditional should serve as an example to other aspiring Christian film crews.
Unconditional receives an extra point for presenting an important social issue in a great fashion and for including under-used movie concepts, such as flashbacks and an emotionally provoking musical score. Fatherlessness in America is a social crime, and Unconditional brings this to light. Though this movie is lesser known than many Christian-themed films, it deserves to be elevated above many others. There are virtually no errors in Unconditional, thus giving it a perfect score.
Final Rating: 10 out of 10 points