The film opens with teen Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) struggling to make ends meet for him and his two little sisters, while his father is out of town on business. Seth feels he has nowhere to turn for help, as God never answered his prayer for his dying mother. Since he feels like the solution is solely up to him, Seth works 2-3 jobs in an attempt to keep the family home.
It’s hard to feel for Seth in the beginning of the movie, since the story never reveals what he wants in life. While he struggles, one can only assume that he is doing what he desires, which gives the story nowhere to go until more bad news hits.
Abel (Kevin Sorbo), gives meaning to Seth’s life and helps the film to finally take off in the second act. Kevin’s performance drove the film, even though it seemed like he had less dialog than any other character. His charisma was held in check within an introspective character who was very careful about opening up to anyone until Seth crossed his path.
The two leads nearly turned the story into a buddy film, as they delivered the better part of their performances. Unfortunately, first time feature director Gordie Haakstad wasn’t able to help the actors maintain that level of energy. Nor was he able to find the right pacing for the story, which could have made it far more entertaining. However, Haakstad did succeed in creating one of the better faith-based films released to date in Abel’s Field.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hopes that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Thanks for an excellent review, CJ. So good to know we’re reading an unbiased perspective as you point out both the good points as well as the flaws, & do it in a positive manner. When I see Abel’s Field, I will have a balanced perspective & not be expecting more than I should, or giving up too soon, when I shouldn’t!
We saw the film over the weekend and pretty much concur with your perspective on it. I like your balanced approach. We should seek to avoid extremes when critiquing, praising what is good, and honestly assessing what could be improved so that Christian films in general will become better products.
Looks like you hit another “Home Run”. By the way, was just wondering if you have any views on the movie “Home Run” with drew waters.