I love this movie. And not just because it was done by people living in the Tri-Cities. The Competition works Christian themes of good and evil in a most clever and satisfying way.
Each member of the Jones family is struggling with the same moral issues you and I struggle with in our lives or have suffered through at one point or another. On the sidelines are unseen angels and demons trying to get the attention of the characters. They are in a competition and have a referee who keeps score and doubles as the film's narrator.
The temptation—no pun intended—is to ignore the movie and say "been there, already seen that." Yes you have. But never done in such an intelligent, and quite creative way.
Professional mentors in the Tri-Cities mentored college students who mentored high school students to produce the high definition video production. The creativity in how this film is put together is astounding.
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Yes, the production values are less expensive and expansive as the high-price spread done by studios with much, much higher budgets. However, with what was available editing and effects wise, the more than 100 people that put this together did an incredible job.
This is one of the best movies I've seen all year. No—I take that back. This is one of the best movies I've seen in the last five years. It is that good.
And again—I cannot rave enough about the quality of the creativity, the writing, the effects, the cinematography, the acting and the sets. I also have to note that most of the soundtrack was written and produced by students.
Tri-Cities support this movie. It is a brilliant piece of work.
And to those that put this film together. I want to see you do more. You obviously had a good time and are obviously very, very good at your craft.
To the mentors. God bless you for what you have done here and for the inspiration you have been to young people brave enough to step out and do something this difficult and to do it so well.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Not rated—probably PG. It plays Monday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Fairchild Cinemas
5 stars/4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen4 stars / 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie. 3 stars / 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video. 2 stars / 1 star: Don't bother.0 stars: Speaks for itself