After Rick’s wife is tragically killed on Thanksgiving by a madman who hates Rick’s police work, Rick is sent into a tailspin for five years and is unable to cope. So five years after the tragedy, he plans on committing suicide on Thanksgiving. However, his act is interrupted by Grace, a mysterious woman who needs his help getting to her family on Thanksgiving. Rick reluctantly agrees to help her and soon finds a whole new world of possibilities open up for him.
Production Quality (3 points)
Johnny Remo and Skipstone Pictures have come a long way from poor productions to this quality one. There are virtually no production errors in Saved by Grace. The camera work is professional and effective, and the video quality is clear. Audio quality is great and the soundtrack is good, which is a trademark with Remo. Sets and locations are also good—there are basically no production errors in this film, which is a huge step in the right direction. If Skipstone keeps this up, they will be going places.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
Though the movie begins with an attention-grabbing prologue, it quickly slows down and tends to be a bit too melancholy. However, the struggles portrayed throughout are realistic. The dialogue is a mixed bag—sometimes it’s too obvious while other times it builds the characters well. Flashbacks are used effectively, as is the trademark Johnny Remo artistic flair. However, this movie is derailed from greatness by its very simplistic storyline that is based too heavily on coincidences. It is very simplistic and linear as the characters go from one thing to the next for the sake of the plot’s progression. We would have liked to see more content, deeper subplots, and further development in order for this movie to be all that it could have been.
Acting Quality (3 points)
Though this cast is small, it is very professional. Each actor and actress is cast appropriately and delivers their roles effectively. Emotions are believable and line delivery are flawless. In short, there are virtually no acting errors, which is another major step for Skipstone.
Johnny Remo has always had an ability to create films that have unique feels to them, and this is true about Saved by Grace. Where in the past his teams have struggled to post good productions and casting, both of these areas do not suffer in this film. However, the lack of substantial plot content really keeps it from being all that it could be. We know that this movie means well and was properly supported with the resources it needed, but in order to take the next step, the Skipstone team needs to invest more time in their plots. Even slight improvement will land them on the Hall of Fame, so we look forward to their future projects.
Final Rating: 6.5 out of 10 points
Full disclosure: We were provided by the creator with a copy of this film in exchange for a fair and honest review