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cinematography vs. the other stuff
on March 21, 2006
I was pleasantly suprised at the technical savvy of this film. The shots were crisp, the effects were purposeful and professional, and the color was rich. The soundtrack was lush and the special effects were not over the top in most places.
The screenwriting, however, still left much to be desired. The novel that the film was based on did a great job of fleshing out the personal history and inner conflict of the protagonist; it's difficult to do that in a feature film in just two hours. It felt to me as though they were barely trying. The dialogue was either predictable or flat and lifeless, which I blame not on the actors, but the writers. While the film pushes the limits of what's acceptable in a conservative, faith-based production as far as violence and overall mood are concerned, it still fails to deliver a sense of depth and meaning to the story it tells.
Somewhat like Transporter 2.
Here's to hoping that faith based studios will continue to improve! It was still better than Left Behind.