Really bad. I watched it because, in my opinion, the US is under a "soft" martial law right now and I had hopes that this movie would address our situation. It didn't, and the acting really sucked, I mean really sucked. I've seen community play houses that had more competent acting. But I was willing to overlook that if the movie had bothered to show how bad everything is here in Amerika. But no, in the end almost everybody got together and had a kumbaya ending.
There were special showings of this movie in Tom Mercer's home town. I have been fortunate enough to see it a couple of times before the DVD is released. What a thought-provoking film: Where should the line be drawn between personal liberty and national security? The film was scary also: I can see where our country is headed if we citizens don't pay attention to what our government is doing and keep it from going overboard. The plot of the film is compelling: it draws you in and holds you until the very end.
Each time I've seen the film I've noticed something I didn't notice previously, so I think owning the DVD and viewing it repeatedly is a good idea.
The musical score is excellent also - it really enhances the story as it unfolds.
I plan to purchase a copy of the DVD for myself and will purchase additional copies to give to friends/family members who don't live locally and haven't had the opportunity to see it on the big screen in my local theater.
I think this is a very good movie. It is very timely, almost taken from of the news stories of today. It is a movie to be seen by many people with different points of view. I was surprised by how the movie ended. I didn't expect the ending at all. I do hope there will be a follow up movie, to see where the charaters go next. Actually I think it would make a great weekly TV show.
I would recommend this movie to be enjoyed on a weekend night with friends. I would love to be there for the discussion after the movie. Thanks to Mr. Mercer and the players for a most enjoyable and thought filled evening.
I had great hopes for this movie, especially after reading Carolyn Baker's review. However, I must admit to being disappointed due to the amateurish nature of the project--in my opinion. The director meant well and his message gets across but the undramatic scenery, action, and acting don't make for compelling viewing. Sorry.