Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Way Home DVD Review


A missing child. A family in crisis. A faith tested. In their darkest hour, God gives hope.

Dean Cain stars as Randy Simpkins, a husband and father torn between the demands of his job and family. Asked by his wife to watch their two-year-old son, Joe, for a few minutes, he becomes distracted by work. When he returns, Joe is gone. He and his wife search desperately for their missing son through the vast countryside. But as their fear grows, the community responds – hundreds of supporters uniting behind the family in a powerful spiritual journey that will test the couple’s love and faith, and forever change a community.


I really hate to give negative reviews. I always try to look for at least one positive aspect of a product to toss in with my negative thoughts. With The Way Home I can not make any positive comments. This was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. If it had been a movie that I wasn't reviewing, I would have turned it off within the first 15 minutes. However, since I was reviewing it, I watched the whole movie. It did not improve. The acting is awful. Dean Cain (whom I know his name, but am unfamiliar with otherwise) was okay. The rest of the acting was downright awful. The actress that plays Christal is extremely over dramatic and seems more like she wants to kill her Husband and/ or Son the whole movie than do anything else. I don't think I would blame the kid for wondering off after dealing with a Mother like her. The directing for this film was also poorly done. The camera is jumpy and often catches the actors at odd angles.

Almost the entire movie is spent looking for Joe (yes, an hour or so of people walking fields and pulling up in their pick up trucks to help). Then miraculously, he suddenly appears. It is supposed to be God and their faith that brought him home. I am a Christian and I believe in God, but this was done very poorly. It felt more like watching someone tell a child that if he prays for candy it will appear, he prays, candy appears. Yes, it was that cheesy. Then, the movie was over. I do believe that the intent was good. It was meant to teach some morals and show that faith can help you through anything. It was just not demonstrated well. I can not recommend this movie to anyone.

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