Saturday, December 2, 2023

[Review] ‒ "THE SHIFT" is an Eccentric Religious Science Fiction Thriller ‒ {Giveaway}

Now in theaters from Angel Studios (The Chosen, Sound of Freedom) is the science fiction drama THE SHIFT, written, produced, and directed by Brock Heasley. The film features Sean Astin (The Goonies, Rudy, and The Lord of the Rings), Neal McDonough (Band of Brothers), and Elizabeth Tabish (The Chosen).

In THE SHIFT, a dystopian drama and sci-fi thriller, one man is confronted with endless realities and unfathomable choices. Kevin Garner (Kristoffer Polaha) must flee an alternate totalitarian world after meeting a dangerous adversary known as The Benefactor (Neal McDonough) and refusing his offer of wealth and authority. Kevin battles for survival to return to the world he knows and the woman he loves.

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My Review

THE SHIFT is an eccentric film produced on a very tight budget and does its hardest to be a cerebral science fiction thriller with Christian themes. I didn't have any issues with the acting. The "hero" of the tale is Kevin (played by Kristoffer Polaha), who is torn from his home and thrust into a dystopian world ruled by The Benefactor, sometimes known as the devil, who is brilliantly portrayed by Neal McDonough. Essentially, it's a science fiction adaptation of the biblical account of Job. Despite losing his wife and everything he owns; Kevin consistently resists The Benefactor's temptations and maintains his faith in God.

The movie has a running time of 115 minutes, which includes the credits and a "special message" from Angel Studios. It's a bit too long, and I had a few issues with the pacing.

I had zero expectations going into THE SHIFT, so I never felt let down by it. The performances from the cast were generally strong, and the picture looks decent for its modest budget. I felt there were too many plot holes in the writing. And some of the spiritual themes weren't pertinent enough. Overall, THE SHIFT is a flawed but enjoyable picture; it's hardly the best film ever made, but it has more going for it than the latest crop of big-budget superhero flicks. ╌★★★✰✰

Disclosure: Many thanks to Angel Studios for providing a screener for this review. My opinions are 100% my own.

Giveaway Details

2 Tickets to THE SHIFT
Ends December 3, 2023, at 11:59 PM
Sponsored by Angel Studios and Momentum Influencer Network

2 Tickets to see THE SHIFT in Theaters

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