Tobey Marshall lost his parents in 9/11, and now he is seen as a retarded kid at his school. He lives with his aunt and uncle, but they don’t like him either, so Tobey decides to talk to the angels he sees, so he can be comforted. However, one day, a girl named Suzy decides to befriend Tobey, even though no one else will. This make the bullies pick on both of them and forces them to reply on spiritual strength to make it through each day.
Production Quality (1 point)
In many ways, Angels in Our Midst has a lot of trouble shaking the ‘cheap Christian film’ image. Video quality is mostly fine, as is camera work, but there are other issues that plague it. Audio quality is inconsistent, especially in the outside scenes. The soundtrack leaves something to be desired. Sets, locations, and props are fairly limited and cheap-looking. The special effects that are used are very cheesy. Finally, the editing is seemingly nonexistent as some scenes drag on, and there is no real semblance of flow to the film. In the end, this production is below average.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
While it is great to try to portray the struggles and insight of special needs people, this is definitely not the way to do this. The Christian message of this film is presented in such a way that it comes off as very childish and even mystical at times. The fixation on angels is somewhat unhealthy, and this becomes more evident as the movie progresses. Besides this, even if this was a good story to tell, it is extremely BORING. The characters sit around without much substantial dialogue and tend to do the same things over and over again. What little dialogue is contained here is very dry and flat. Thus, the characters are cardboard cutouts. There is very little content to speak of here, and the progression goes from childish to weird, ending with a bizarre climax scene that borderlines on creepy. Therefore, there is basically no justification for this story even existing.
Acting Quality (1 point)
Like the characters they portray, the cast members are less than impressive. Many of the performances are very underwhelming and empty. Emotions are rarely believable. While there are some good moments of line delivery, this section rounds out a very flat and useless film effort.
It is very hard to comprehend what this film was really going for, and we are not sure we want to know. Sometimes it seems like a joke, and other times it seems like they really didn’t know what they were doing. Either way, somebody needed to censor this film before it got released to the public because it’s mostly embarrassing.
Final Rating: 2 out of 10 points