As the Nazis strengthened their grip on the Netherlands, the brave Ten Boom family and their accomplices—a secret army of teenagers and college students—worked tirelessly to undermine the evil work of the Third Reich. From hiding Jews and sympathizers to tracking Nazi movements to distributing illegal material to springing prisoners, the ragtag force was constantly doing something to resist the evil. But when they are stretched to their furthest point and feel like all hope is lost, they will have to dig deep and determine what really matters most.
Production Quality (2.5 points)
From start to finish, it is evident that the Spencer family and their team are dedicated to high quality productions. It was ambitious of them to choose a difficult historical setting to portray, but they delivered exquisitely. Each set, location, and prop is perfectly crafted for realism. Video quality is excellent and camera work is effective in building suspense. Audio quality has no flaws and the soundtrack is epic. The only nitpick to raise here is some minor editing problems, probably due to the nature of this large-scale story. But in the end, this is a top-notch production that will take them places in the future.
Plot and Storyline Quality (2.5 points)
We always say that when it comes to movies, true stories are usually better than fiction. Return the Hiding Place is an example of this. Though the historical topic is very large and difficult to handle, it is handled almost perfectly. Though there are many subplots, a common thread weaves them together to forge a true historical epic. The characters are many, but they are believable and authentic. Real, even hard, life is portrayed effectively. The ending is powerful and drives the point home. The biggest issue to raise here is the constant and seemingly unnecessary narration throughout. While the dialogue therein is great, we would have liked to see more showing than telling. But otherwise, this is a plot to behold and one you don’t want to miss out on.
Acting Quality (2.5 points)
Much thought was put into making this cast historically and culturally authentic, from costuming to accents. Each character is cast excellently. Line delivery is very much on point and emotions are real and believable. The only compliant to raise here is some minor accent issues, but it’s not enough to detract too much. In short, like every aspect of this film, it’s a job well done.
Return to the Hiding Place receives half of an x-factor point for portraying an important issue by properly connecting with audiences in multiple ways. This is the sort of film we should see over and over again produced from Christian entertainment. It’s high quality, plot-heavy, and well-cast. Money was clearly spent wisely to make this film the best it could be, and it paid off. The Spencer family and their team are truly talented, so we can’t wait to see what they have planned next.
Final Rating: 8 out of 10 points
Full disclosure: We were provided by the creator with a copy of this film in exchange for a fair and honest review