While in route on a business trip, Mark, Megan, and Chris survive a plane crash in the south Pacific and find themselves stranded on an abandoned island. Forced to fend for themselves in the wild, they wonder if anyone will ever find them. Megan finds herself torn between the two men as she tries to conceal her Christian faith to impress Mark, even though Chris, an outspoken Christian, does not want her to. In the end, they will all have decisions to make that will impact their lives forever.
Production Quality (0 points)
While the effort is nice to film at a different than usual location, namely an island, this choice actually does more harm than good. This is mostly due to the extremely loud and constant outdoor background noise in the island scenes, which mostly consists of incessant wave and waterfall noises. Besides this, other sets are quite limited and the usage of props is cheesy. The video quality is below average and the camera work uninspiring. Besides the terrible audio quality previously mentioned, the soundtrack is very pedestrian. Finally, there is no editing present—what you see is what you get. Despite the unique concept behind the film, there was little to no justification for this film being made.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
Though this plot is trying to depict a serious survival situation, this idea is treated flippantly as a majority of the movie is spent hashing out a superficial high school love triangle while on a deserted island. Important issues are portrayed in a petty way and are overshadowed by silly relationship issues. Thus, the content is very shallow, as is the dialogue. Even though the plot focuses on primarily three characters for over an hour, we don’t get to know any of them very well—they are just people reciting lines and being swept along by circumstances. There are no plot twists and the ending is as superficial as the rest of the storyline. In short, what started out as an interesting idea quickly devolved into unimportant fluff.
Acting Quality (0 points)
With the tiny amateur cast that carries the movie on their shoulders, they needed to come through, but they did not. Coaching is obviously absent as line delivery is very lackluster. Emotional delivery is plastic and uninspiring. Costuming is okay but nothing groundbreaking. The bottom line is that this film failed in every category.
We kind of feel sorry for the creators of Island of Grace because they could be nice people. Unfortunately, another film with another petty portrayal of relationships is not what the market needs, especially if it’s trying to depict a survival situation. This genre should be gritty and suspenseful, not light and laughable. If God gives you the opportunity to make a film, you should leave it all on the field and make a mark on the field. This is what mainly frustrates us—film makers not taking their calling seriously, because it is certainly a calling if God has given you the opportunity to create. Please do not take it lightly and seek to make a difference.
Final Rating: 0 out of 10 points