When Sony Boone, a famous professional boxer, inadvertently kills his opponent in a fight rage, he is immediately disgraced and barred from the world of professional sports. Thus, he loses everything he holds dear: his career, his fiancé, and his worldy possessions. Driven to the streets as beg a homeless person, Sonny is suddenly offered a free meal at a mysterious diner by a mysterious man named Malachi. Malachi offers Sonny a second chance at life, but Sonny is extremely skeptical at first. Will Sonny give God a chance to turn his life around before it’s too late?
Production Quality (1.5 points)
At the beginning, God, Where Are You? is just like the other cheap productions put out by Lazarus Filmworks, such as Daniel’s Lot and A Letter for Joe. This include poor audio quality, a random use of black and white, and some dark scenes. Also, the camera is sometimes focused on the wrong things while people talk off screen. However, the other camera work is fine, and the video quality is stable throughout. The sets, locations, and props are surprisingly good and appropriate, and the soundtrack has an interesting feel to it. Though there are odd quick cuts throughout the film, as it goes on, there is concerted improvement in all areas. Even though it started out rough, this film is a milestone for the Lazarus team in production quality.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
At first, the story is hard to follow as it seems like everybody in this plot’s world is obsessed with a random disgraced boxer who’s now a homeless guy. Things are rough at first through some obvious dialogue and forced situations, but this storyline is a definite improvement of their past failures, A Letter for Joe and Daniel’s Lot. The middle of the film is very interesting as it contains a very good message and interesting psychological elements. However, sometimes it is based too much on coincidences, and the premise is a bit vague at times. There seems to be an odd underlying attitude that is difficult to quantify, and the big inevitable twist at the end is sort of predictable. Though problems are seemingly easily fixed in the end, this story gets an E for Effort and shows that any creative team can improve despite previous failures.
Acting Quality (2 points)
For this cast, the Lazarus team looked outside of their circle of friends and found some professional cast members that make this one way better than previous casts. However, there are some overly practiced and forced lines, as well as some overdone emotions. Nevertheless, they are definitely trying to make this a well-acted movie, and there is concerted improvement throughout in this area as well. In the end, this is at least a marginally enjoyable movie.
All we ask of Christian film makers is that they use the resources God has given them responsibly and efficiently and that they show improvement over their careers. Surprisingly, the Lazarus Filmworks team has done this in God, Where Are You? Though there was a time when it seemed like they would never break through, they flipped the script and tried something different. Now they have a chance to use this film to become even better movie makers in the near future.
Final Rating: 4.5 out of 10 points