Two foster brothers have taken very different paths in life—one has become a successful pastor after leaving his criminal lifestyle behind, while the other one remains in the criminal lifestyle. Yet they remain in contact with each other as the pastor prays for his brother. However, not all is as it seems as the pastor engages in some questionable means to keep his ministries alive. With so many people affected, will those involved be able to find redemption and purpose in all of the confusion?
Production Quality (1.5 points)
In keeping with their recent increase in production quality, Poorchild Films crafts a mostly average production in A Heart That Forgives. Video quality is fine, but there are some head-scratching sequences of randomly poor lighting. Audio quality also has some odd moments, where background noise covers up lines, which is a throwback to Hiding in Plain Sight. However, the soundtrack is adequate, as are sets, locations, and props. Yet the editing is somewhat disorienting and confusing. All in all, this production is a mixed bag, thus turning out an average score.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
Though there are a lot of interesting and creative ideas somewhere in here, as is the case for a myriad of Christian films, the subplots are all over the place and are quite disorganized. The characters have realistic tendencies, but they need deepening. The dialogue is okay, but it could use some more development, which in turn would help the characters. There is too much message-pushing, especially through the use of sermons, and not enough natural messaging. The storyline overall is too predictable and uncreative, thus warranting a low score.
Acting Quality (1 point)
The cast of this film returns to the level of Hiding in Plain Sight, with awkwardness and a lot of unsureness. Lines are often too forceful, while emotions are overly dramatic. There are also come cases of extreme fidgetiness, as well as too many sequences of cast members talking over each other. However, there are some good points here that keep this section from being all bad.
Poorchild Films always seems to be hovering just on the edge of relevance. Their movies are neither bad enough nor good enough to draw much attention, but they also can’t be counted out completely due to their efforts at production, plot writing, and casting. But there is always a handful of things that keeps them from being relevant. But they will likely keep churning out movies, and perhaps they will show slow improvement over time and will finally hit the mark one day.
Final Rating: 3 out of 10 points