Rivka and her father are Messianic Jews, but when her father dies, she must go live with her aunt and uncle, who still follow Orthodox Judaism and do not believe Jesus is the Messiah. As the time approaches for Rivka’s Bat Mitzvah, she becomes increasingly divided as to which path she is supposed to follow. As she meets different people and tries to keep ties to her father’s friends, she will have to decide if she will try to please her aunt and uncle or follow Jesus.
Production Quality (1 point)
The only two positive qualities in The Sound of the Spirit pertain to production, and they are the clear video quality and the pretty good camera work. However, there is literally nothing else good to say about this movie. The audio quality is deplorable, including a blaring soundtrack and loud background noises. The sets and locations are very limited and cheap. Finally, the editing is nonexistent as this two-hour film is filled with wasted time and the same things happening over and over again. Unfortunately, the negativity doesn’t stop there.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
As previously mentioned, it feels like the one-dimensional characters of The Sound of the Spirit continually have the same meandering conversations over and over again as literally nothing is accomplished for two hours. Even so, the dialogue therein is disjointed and the subplots are very confusing. Things happen because they need to as the viewer is forced to constantly witness obscure Jewish concepts and conflicts as the non-Messianic\Messianic Jew split is forced down your throat over and over again. This could have been an interesting idea if the isolating ideas were explained better, but as it is, it’s very hard to follow or understand.
Acting Quality (0 points)
This cast is full of tons of offbeat cast members and unfortunate Jewish stereotypes. Their emotions are incongruent and they constantly talk over each other. Line delivery is either forceful or robotic to the point that it sounds like someone is dragging the words out of them. Needless to say, this was a total fail.
The Sound of the Spirit had the opportunity to showcase a unique and intriguing topic in Christian film—Messianic Judaism. But audiences will only come away from this film frustrated and some Jews may find it offensive. We have no idea who these characters are except flat stereotypes and their conflicts are isolating. We needed to be able to understand and appreciate their struggles, but we never got the chance. It’s just another disappointing day in Christian film.
Final Rating: 1 out of 10 points