Matt, Scott, and Jess are college buddies just trying to work for the Lord in the oppressive world around them. The atheists seem to have all the fun—they even have their own philosophy club (not God’s Club). Scott decides to challenge them to a debate when he discovers a groundbreaking paper written by a former student decades before that could upend everyone’s worldview. It tells of how the end of the world will come and though no one believes him at first, that’s about to change somehow.
Production Quality (.5 point)
As a late 90’s production, End of the Harvest is very underwhelming. While camera work is okay, the video quality is very grainy and audio quality is less than inspiring, including weird sound effects. The soundtrack is loud and annoying. The sets are severely limited and cheap-looking. There is also no editing present as the entire story is presented at face value, with useless panning and zooming sequences. Essentially, with such low quality, there is little justification for this film being made, except for the fact that the Christianos needed an outlet to push their odd agenda.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
The first half of this film depicts characters sitting around talking about what’s going to happen in the second half of the film—thus, nothing much happens except for the same old rehashed conversations over and over again. The entire movie is less than sixty minutes long, so there’s not really much of an idea at all here. The second half of the film externalizes the bizarre worldview of the Christiano brothers that is mostly ripped off from Hal Lindsey and focuses on trying to predict the end of the world based on stupid Bible ‘codes’ and loose associations. They pick random verses here and there to use to their advantage but then passive-aggressively say they don’t really know if that could be true or not. Besides the fact that these stupid ‘scare people into Christianity’ arguments and absurd Biblical insinuations will convert no one, the characters are juvenile and the portrayal of atheists is embarrassing. This is the kind of garbage that makes people (including professing Christians) roll their eyes about the term ‘Christian movies’.
Acting Quality (0 points)
As this film utilizes the typical lineup of David A. R. White, Kevin Downes, Brad Heller, and Lance Zitron, the acting quality is as good as can be expected. They seem like they are barely trying as their line delivery is rambled, slurred, and generally incoherent. Emotions are inconsistent and random. With such a small cast, there’s really nothing good to say here.
As previously mentioned, there is no point in this film except pushing an agenda that is basically propaganda. This view of the end of the world is ridiculous and indefensible. It adds nothing to what should be the mission of Christian entertainment and only further detracts from it. The problem is that movies like this one are not from just some random, fly-by-night movie creators. The Christiano brothers are regarded as pillars in the field, for some reason. It won’t be easy to change this image of Christian film, but hopefully it is happening sooner than later.
Final Rating: .5 out of 10 points