The Second Chance Reviews
My main problem with The Second Chance was the ending. It's out of touch with the rest of the film, and caught me off guard with its unexpected hokiness. I had enough faith in The Second Chance that I didn't expect it to cast itself overboard like it did, into realms inhabited by a much worse film, but it did. It would have been much more satisfying to see the church deal with the crisis it was presented and thrive despite it, but unfortunately the ending results in an absurd plot device being used to rescue the film from what could have been an excellent opportunity to display the church's perserverance. The early church of Christianity endured monumental struggles, so why did they deem it necessary to replace this factor with and old man sitting on the roof?
Perhaps I'm being a bit too critical, for The Second Chance is still a solid movie. While hindered by the ending, it does linger for some time, and thus it achieves its objective.
It also illustrated the problem of mega-churches‚"too much emphasis on business (selling books, tapes, videos), and production of am entertaining worship service made for TV (music, videos on the big screen, sermons with Power Point presentations), and not enough emphasis on the Real Presence of Christ.
The scene with the washing of the feet was a nice touch. Too bad more of the congregation was not there to witness it.
My Ratings: Good / 5