Chris and Samantha are newlyweds who can’t wait to start a family. However, their dream ends in heartbreak as their first child miscarries. This tragedy pushes them apart as a couple and causes them each to seek fulfillment in all of the wrong places. When another tragedy strikes their family, they will have to make a choice: will they grow apart or seek God to save their marriage?
Production Quality (2 points)
A Love That Hurts has a surprisingly above-average production for such a small budget. Although there are some moments of echoed audio and some disorienting special effects, video quality and camera work are quite good. Sets, locations, and props are slightly limited, but they are good considering what the creators had to work with. Further, there are some abrupt cuts and transitions throughout, but as a whole, this is a very good production considering the tiny budget that was allotted for it.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
While there are some good attempts to portray accessible characters with realistic struggles, the characters of this story really need to be deepened, not only because this is a character-based plot, but also because it would make the story more meaningful. As it is, a lot of the dialogue is too obvious and forces the plot along. Some characters are too robotic as they appear to be pawns in the plot, only serving the purpose of spoon-feeding the audience an obvious message. This message comes off as a somewhat plastic version of Christianity, including an odd portrayal of women. Also, some characters are ‘overly Christian’ or become perfect through quick resolutions and easy fixes to problems. However, not all is bad here as the writers at least demonstrate a care for realism, even if the plot is sometimes boring and slow. The ending is a bit forced and rushed, as well as somewhat vague and abrupt. In the end, it’s clear the writers meant well here, even if the delivery was misguided.
Acting Quality (2 points)
Though this is an ‘amateur’ church cast, the cast members show a lot of potential and desire to do well. There are plenty of good acting moments as real effort is evident. The main issue to point out here is that sometimes the cast members appear to be overly practiced in their lines and emotions. Some cast members could use a little more natural emotion, but as a whole, this film is an applaudable effort.
It’s rare to find a movie this highly rated with such a small budget. Further, it is clear that this creative team was putting their great effort into making this a good project. However, it seems like more could have been done in the plot department. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see if they produce any more content in the future.
Final Rating: 4.5 out of 10 points