Julian is stuck in a job he doesn’t like, so he and his buddy decide to start recording their own songs and doing their own shows. They get popular locally and gain some ground in the local show business. Julian meets his new girlfriend at a bar, and she introduces him to a ‘big’ record label producer that puts Julian’s gig on the map. However, they fall on hard times and Julian is forced to get a day job to support him and his girlfriend after she gets pregnant. Julian soon finds out the hard way what the show business really expects from him, and he’s not sure if he’s willing to make the hard choice he has to make.
Production Quality (.5 point)
Believe: The Misfit Pawn is a mostly cheap production; it seems like it was filmed in people’s houses and yards. Camera work is low quality, and video quality is inconsistent. There are one too many dark scenes, and audio quality is marginal at best. The ‘original’ soundtrack is vanilla and too loud at times. As previously mentioned, sets, locations, and props are fairly limited and uncreative. Finally, the editing is okay, but it’s really nothing to write home about. Overall, this production is just one of those throwaway pieces that will easily be forgotten.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
It’s very difficult to quantify the true purpose or point of this so-called story. The plot summary is written as incoherently as the movie is written. The Christian message is very muted, and a lot of the elements included are just offbeat. The characters are very empty, and dialogue is extremely uninspiring. Many of the scenes appear to be filler content, and there are no real attempts to engage the audience in a meaningful way. As mentioned before, the storyline muddles around without explaining why we should be watching it or what we are supposed to be getting out of it. The underlying worldview is a bit unusual, and the ending really doesn’t make much sense at all. In the end, this story is purposeless and not worth your time.
Acting Quality (1 point)
With such a small cast, every little error is more obvious. While there are some good moments with this cast that keep this section from being zero, there is very little acting coaching evident in this film. Some lines seem off-the-cuff, and most of the seems appear to be one-takes. Emotions are average, and this section is basically vanilla and boring.
What is there to do with movies like Believe: The Misfit Pawn? What does this title even mean? Why did I watch this movie? Actually, I watched it because I had some Amazon credits to use up before they expired. I wanted to check it off the list, so I did. There’s really no other reason to watch this sort of garbage that’s called a Christian movie. All we can do now is look forward to the day when movies like this are no longer being put out.
Final Rating: 1.5 out of 10 points