Cyrus grew up in an affluent Iranian household, yet because his parents were secretly Christians, they eventually were found out by secret government agents seeking to shut down the Christian house churches of the country. Cyrus’ father was taken away and executed for his faith, which left a profound effect on Cyrus as he grew up. Now with a family of his own, he finds that God wants him to face the pain of his past in order to move forward in God’s will for the future.
Production Quality (2.5 points)
Though this is a little know production team with somewhat limited funding, Closure exhibits high production quality and demonstrates a lot of care for professionalism. Video quality is excellent; the only error to point out in this production is some unprofessional camera work and angles. Audio quality is excellent and the soundtrack is appropriate. Sets, locations, and props are realistic and culturally accurate. Finally, editing is good and presents the story well. In the end, it’s clear that those associated with Voice of the Martyrs care about making high quality films.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
Though this is an intriguing realistic story, it relies too much on narration and contains a lot of large time jumps. Thus, these two elements stunt character development and keep dialogue from being all that it could be. The plotline is somewhat simplistic and linear with not enough complexity. It tends to hop from one high point to the next and fill the gaps with narration. Yet the story is good nonetheless and many will find it to be enjoyable. It carries a powerful message and has an effective ending that is worth waiting for. In the end, these writers have a lot of potential that needs some refining.
Acting Quality (2.5 points)
It’s extremely difficult to cast a film about Iran due to a likely shortage of culturally authentic cast members, yet this cast is chosen excellently. Not only this, but they are also good at acting, including line delivery and emotional delivery. The only nitpick to point out here is the fact that making some of these cast members look older with makeup and hair color is not effective. But in the end, this is a respectable and professional effort that should be applauded.
With this film, Voice of the Martyrs has shown that they know how to put together a professional film that carries an effective message that many audiences will enjoy. They demonstrate more care in making their films than a majority of Christian film makers. Only minor errors hold this film back from being Hall of Fame. It should be interesting to see if they make any more films in the future, because they have a lot of promise.
Final Rating: 6 out of 10 points