Becca Norris had it all—money, success, and a boyfriend—until her doctor discovers that she has breast cancer and requires a major operation to save her life. However, the operation leaves her changed forever, thus causing her boyfriend to become uninterested in her. His departure sends Becca into a reclusive depression that no one, not even her family, can shake her out of. Yet when her brother gets interested in internet research, Becca meets a man online who is interested in her as a person and who makes her think twice about shutting herself off from the world.
Production Quality (1.5 points)
1 Message falls into the typical mold of a Kelly’s Filmworks production. With good video quality and overly artistic camera shots, this film is classic Jefferson Moore. Audio quality is fine, but the soundtrack is a bit off. There is basically only one set in this film, but the props are good. Though this production tends to improve as it goes on, there is little to no justification for it being two and a half hours long. There is a serious lack of editing in this movie that will cause many audiences to give up by the first hour. In the end, this is an average production that needs some more fleshing out and cutting down in order to make it more professional.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
As previously mentioned, it is mind-boggling that this film is two and a half hours long when there is certainly not enough interesting content to sustain this runtime. The first hour or so of the film is incredibly boring and melodramatic as it confusingly conceals parts of the story for the second hour. The first half includes a fixation on breast cancer and ‘genie-ologies’, as well as weird attempts at humor. A majority of the ‘dialogue’ is people verbatim typing and reading stuff on the computer over and over again, which is incredibly boring and does nothing to build the characters, even though there are few of them. Time is also wasted and filled with activities of daily living, including the characters lying around and sulking, which further stunts character development. However, if you have the time and stamina, the story comes down to an interesting point if you can slog through two hours of useless content. Basically, this film needs a serious redo, because as it is, nobody is going to give a care.
Acting Quality (1 point)
With such a small cast, most errors stand out, unfortunately. Though there is some good to be found here, there is also a lot of bad, including some very boring and dry emotions, ridiculously over the top attempts to be dramatic, and very measure line delivery. Unfortunately, Kelly’s Filmworks films seem to consistently struggle in this department.
With a movie this long, there should have been plenty of positive things to say. However, rather than making this a deep character exploration plot, time is filled with fluff and fake drama that ruins the good idea that is behind this plot. We can appreciate the work of Jefferson and Kelly Moore, but they often get too lost in the artistry of film making. They would do well to collaborate with different story writers so they can more effectively create films. We believe that they mean well—they just need to take that next step.
Final Rating: 3 out of 10 points