Jessie really wants a horse, but her mom hates horses, so it’s probably not going to happen. However, her father decides to send her to horse camp for the summer while her mother secretly gets treatment for the cancer she’s hiding from Jessie. Unfortunately, the summer camp is full once her father gets there, which causes him to divert his plans to asking his wife’s long-lost father, Gauff from Healed by Grace, whom he has never met, to watch Jessie for a while. Will their family be able to reconcile because of this?
Production Quality (.5 point)
For a 2018 production, Healed By Grace 2 is a major letdown and is actually a decrease in quality from previous Blended Planet films, with the exception of Disconnect Reconnect. The poor production of Healed By Grace 2 is manifested in very poor audio and weird sound effects, as well as poor lighting and strange video quality. The camera work is mostly fine, however, which is the only positive element in this production. A lot of the audio seems overdubbed, and there are weird sequences of dead air, as well as a generic soundtrack. Sets, locations, and props are mostly limited and uncreative. There are also a lot of awkward and strange cuts and transitions, including unexplained portions that may or may not take place in the minds of the characters.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
Where the first installment of this ‘series’ had a tiny amount of potential, this sequel bears little to no potential at all. The dialogue therein is extremely vanilla and pedestrian thus creating empty characters. A lot of the plot elements seem to completely disregard the previous film, as if it really matters. Some characters seem purposely off-the-wall or even ‘magical.’ There are also a collection of cringe-worthy ‘comedy’ sequences that are like fingernails in the chalkboard. As this plot meanders with little to no purpose, there are also other odd elements included, such as odd suggestions about people getting cancer due to lacking forgiveness. Overall, there is very little content to work with in this extremely forced and basically purposeless sequel, which suggests that it was misguided from the beginning.
Acting Quality (.5 point)
The acting from the original movie was partially awkward in its own right, but the acting of this second film is much worse. There are many very awkward moments, as well as blank emotions and half-hearted line delivery. Many cast members appear to be trying far too hard to make their mark, and there is basically no coaching present. Unfortunately, there was really little to no point in making this film.
Do we really need another horse film? Until somebody produces a substantial, creative, and non-regurgitated film in this genre, we really need to have a moratorium on inspirational horse movies. Besides this fact, productions and acting this bad are no longer acceptable in this era of Christian film, so it’s more than likely that Healed By Grace 2 will soon be forgotten.
Final Rating: 1 out of 10 points