Christian Review Magazine Issue 2 - Jan/Feb 2015 - Page 18

MOVIE REVIEW Title: A LONG WAY OFF Rating: Starring: Jason Burkey, Robert Davi, John Diehl J ake Abraham (Jason Burkey Rumors of Wars) is fed up of working for his father on the family farm. He dreams of bigger and better things. So when an opportunity arises, Jake asks for an early inheritance from his father, who surprisingly agrees to give it to him. Written by: Jon Macy, Gerald McGlothlin Directed by: Michael Davis, John Errington Genre: Drama Once he has the money in hand, Jake leaves the farm and his family behind and heads for the big city to start a new life for himself. Once there, he begins to invest in companies and living large. He buys an expensive car and an even more expensive apartment, and begins to hang around with people who take to Jake… and his money. Running Time: 105 minutes MPAA Rating: PG Production Company: Uptone Pictures, Prodigalfilm, CMD Distribution Released by: Word Films Reviewed by: Christian St John Release Date: Available Now : DVD & VOD 18 > CHRISTIAN REVIEW In the beginning things actually look good for Jake. His investments make him a lot of money and so he begins to live even larger and party hard with his new found friends. But when something happens that makes his investments worthless, Jake is forced to rethink his life. A Long Way Off is based on The Parable of the Prodigal Son, one of the most famous stories Jesus told. The riches to rags story is one that many people can relate to, the evidence of which can be seen in the amount of ‘prodigal’ movies that have been made over the years - off the top of my head I can think of Prodigal (2011), The Prodigal (1983), Warrior (2011), Turning Back (2010), and Wayward: The Prodigal Son (2014). The production quality of A Long Way Off is superb - the cinematography, sound, music score, editing, and directing are all well done. The acting is also well done thanks to some good performances by Jason Burkey, John Diehl (Stargate), Robert Davi (The Goonies), and Johanna Jowett (7th Street Theater) - in fact, the entire cast was good. The one thing that let the production down was the screenplay. It’s not that it’s badly written, I just felt there just wasn’t enough tension throughout which made the movie drag on a bit… at least 15 minutes could have been shaved off the running time. As far as negative content, there are a few scenes set in bars and nightclubs, so there is some drinking shown (people are seen drunk in a couple of scenes). There is also some violence - a man gets beaten up and a man pushes another man. But there really isn’t a lot if negative content in this movie. Faith wise, the story sticks pretty close to the parable Jesus tells in Luke 15:11-32, and the themes of family, change, love, forgiveness and mercy \