04 July 2014

Movie Review: "New World Order"

Rated: Not Rated
Starring: Michael Alvarez, Melissa Farley, and Erin Runbeck
Released: May 9, 2013 (DVD)
Demi Halloway and Christen Brooks are two Christian young ladies living in the post-rapture period.  Lord DeLuca, reigning leader of the New World Order, is requiring everyone in the world to have his symbol tattooed on themselves; anyone who refuses will be killed.  Everyone--even Demi's parents--is getting the Mark...but Demi and Christen know that it's really the Mark of the Beast, and, therefore, a symbol of Satan.  With their beliefs put to the test, and their own friends and family seemingly against them, it's up to the two young ladies to stand up for what's right...even at the cost of their own lives.

The Good
For being a low-budget movie, this film actually has some scenes that are well done and appropriately creepy.  The fight sequences were also relatively realistic.  Not only that, but, the ending was rather chilling, and a bit surprising.  That's about all of the kudos I can give it, though; keep reading for why.

The Bad
Pretty much everything else about this movie was poor.  The music on the soundtrack sounded absolutely horrible, even on my surround sound Blu-Ray player.  There was even a scene where a character is listening to opera music that sounded absolutely awful, like it came from a cheaply produced album.  As for the acting, some of the actors did a decent job, but the two girls were definitely straining when strong emotions--i.e., crying--were required of them.  Even the closed captioning was amateurish, as it broke off in weird places and was rife with typos.  Not only that, but...Demi and Christen may have been Christian girls, but their wardrobe--short shorts and low-cut tops--would provide inappropriate eye candy for those of the male gender, and their two misuses of God's name seemed unnecessary.  As you'd expect, Rapture theology is the main focus of this movie, which may be a problem for some viewers.

I went into this movie not expecting much, as I'd had bad experiences with low-budget Christian movies--C Me Dance, Hollow, etc.--previously.  Still, it was only a dollar at a local garage sale, so, I figured, why not? Though not great, it ended up not being the travesty I thought it would be; it definitely had its great moments, which is more than I can say for some similar films.  I doubt most movie fans would enjoy it all that much, but, I have to give it kudos for being at least somewhat better produced than many films in the low-budget faith-based genre.

Score: 2/5

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