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Moment After
Sony Pictures // Unrated // January 12, 2010
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Review by Jeffrey Robinson | posted February 18, 2010 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie

The Moment After is a Christian film set in a world where Christians are persecuted for their beliefs. The movie is slow paced and quite honestly, did not make a lot of sense to me as I watched it. It starts off with a world epidemic of people disappearing. As the main character seeks answers, he uncovers a truth he did not expect and finds salvation in religion at a great cost. At the same time, the government eliminates personal freedoms and forces a world-wide big brother system, which a small set of Christians refuse to participate in. Besides a religious message, there really is no point to the film, which consequently, made it hard to watch.

In the opening of the movie, people magically disappear with little explanation. FBI agent Charles Baker (Kevin Downes) arrives at fellow agent Adam Riley's (David A.R. White) door to inform him that there is an epidemic of missing person cases. Of whom, Adam's partner George and his son are nowhere to be found. The FBI has tasked Adam and Charles with interviewing victims of the missing persons. As they interview people, they get the same response. They were going about their normal, everyday lives and suddenly a flashing light occurred. After the light, the persons were gone, vanished into thin air.

Four months later, they are no closer to finding answers. For Adam, the case is critical, as his partner was amongst the missing. Adam wants to find the truth for George's wife. At the same time, the US President announces that in response to disappearing persons, the US will join the Global Alliance. Every US citizen must get B-chip, which must be used as in lieu of cash or a credit card. The B-chip is also known as BEAST (biological encoding and satellite tracking) and can track the location of an individual. This part the government does not share with the public.

Adam and Charles are sent to hunt down a man who is building a rebel army to challenge the new world order. They are to find him at all costs and assist the Global Enforcement Unit -- a special army used to enforce martial law and keep the "peace". The man's name is Jacob Krause (Brad Heller). He has actually been helping people find the path to god through Christianity and not building army. Along with his religious work, he does not feel the B-chip is a good idea. While searching for Krause, Adam questions his job. Krause does not seem like a bad guy. He is only doing what he believes in. The issue also becomes more personal, as he finds George's wife is one of the many people being prosecuted by the new government. As for Charles, he has a hard time dealing with it too, but sticks to the excuse that he is only doing his job.

Overall, The Moment After is lacking in entertainment. The plotline does not unfold in manner that is engaging, nor does it spark much interest. It is based upon a plot that the government instantly removed everyone's constitutional rights and freedoms and decided to hunt and arrest everyone who refused to conform, which in this case a small batch of Christians. There just is not a whole lot to it. Beyond the religious message, there is not a real point to the movie. On that note, unless you are into Christian mystery/thrillers, then this movie is a waste of time.

The DVD

Video:
The video in this release is given in an anamorphic 1.78:1 ratio widescreen color format. The picture quality is acceptable. It has a noticeable suffers grain. Still, the picture is more than viewable.

Audio:
The audio is presented in English 2 channel Dolby digital stereo sound. There is also a dubbed stereo track in Portuguese. The audio track is dialogue driven and audible throughout the feature. The DVD also has subtitles in English and Portuguese.

Extras:
There are no extras included with this release.

Final Thoughts:
The Moment After is a Christian movie with a religious message. As a film, it is very weak in the entertainment department. The plotline is thin, the characters are unconvincing, and the concept is uninteresting. Unless the underlying message has any meaning to you, then the movie will probably be a waste of time. There is not much about it to grab your attention or keep you on the edge of you seat. If anything, it might put you to sleep.

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