Rebecca and her family have always lived a so-called perfect life and have all the money and success they could want, but when tragedy strikes their family one night, they immediately turn against each other in their pain. Rebecca, mistreated by her mother, turns to alcohol and contemplates suicide, but she is stopped by a childhood friend who won’t give up on her. He invites her to a Christian camp, where her life is changed forever. Will her family be able to work through their pain and find hope as well?
Production Quality (.5 point)
Although this is a 2017 production and although there were plenty of people working on this project, the production is still low quality. Resources were not as limited as most independent films are, yet there are still a lot of issues, such as shaky camera work and odd lighting. Video quality is fine, but this is really the only good element to point out here. The soundtrack is uninspiring. Sets, locations, and props are too cheap and limited. Finally, there is no editing to speak of since the story appears to be presented at face value with no real twists or turns. In the end, with the amount of people that were involved here, the quality should have been higher.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
The same principle goes for the plot—when there are more than five screenwriters on the film, the plot should be high quality and complex. Yet once again, this is not the case for Two Steps from Hope. Though the story has a good message and seems to mean well, it has too much forceful and heavy-handed messaging. It is too melodramatic and it unfolds one tragedy after another, even though it does deal with some unfortunately realistic issues and circumstances. Dialogue is okay throughout, but it needs more development and less drama. Thus, the characters are also unfinished. Furthermore, there is one too many montages in this film and the ending leaves something to be desired. In summary, this creative team definitely has the tools to succeed, now they just need to apply them better.
Acting Quality (0 points)
The acting is the biggest detractor in this film. It’s painfully obvious that no coaching was present here as there are a lot of truly awful performances. Emotions are very forceful and over the top. Line delivery is sometimes whiny and unsure, and other times it is stilted. Essentially, this cast needed a lot more assistance.
It’s commendable to make a project like this utilizing the skills of a lot of different people, yet their skills are not completely manifested because the talent is not fully tapped. What they likely would have benefitted from was a lot of consultation and mentorship from more experienced film makers. In order to make a great film, there is no shame in asking for help from the more experienced. The finished product being quality is always worth it in the end.
Final Rating: 1 out of 10 points