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Brady Gray, a man in his twenties, is the son of a wealthy rancher who married a second time later in life. Unfortunately, Brady's mom died and as a result Brady has become his father's favorite son. This is a problem for Brady because his four stepbrothers from his father's first marriage are very resentful of his favored status.
Brady also has a psychic gift that allows him to predict the future through dreams. After his brothers are particularly rude to him, he lets them know he had a dream that they would one day come to him to be rescued; so they should think carefully about how they treat him. This dream, along with the fact that his father gives him a new truck for his birthday, puts the oldest brother in a fit of rage. On a secluded part of the ranch, a long ways from their father, the oldest brother gets into a violent fight with Brady. The other brothers soon join in stopping just short of killing Brady. They end up locking him in the back of a cattle truck heading to Texas and tell him never to come back.
Brady finds a friend in Texas, Chris, who helps him get back on his feet. They end up working together in the mailroom of a large real estate development company. Brady is noticed by a senior executive and is quickly moved up to his assistant. However, things turn ugly when the senior executive's wife falsely accuses Brady of sexually assaulting her at a party. Unable to pay for a significant defense, Brady lands in prison for several years.
During his prison stay, Brady is able to accurately predict the fate of two different inmates based on listening to the details of their dreams. When one of these inmates is set free, he ends up in a Alcoholics Anonymous meeting with David Benson the president of the real estate development firm Brady used to work at. Benson is tormented by a recurring dream and is urged by the inmate friend of Brady to visit him for help.
David Benson visits Brady in prison where the meaning of his dream is revealed. Benson then hires a team of lawyers to get Brady out of prison and puts him to work as a senior executive in his real estate development firm.
Finally, as predicted by Brady's dream, his brothers end up needing Brady to save their ranch from foreclosure. Brady struggles with vengeance before giving into God's desire from him to forgive his brothers and save them in their time of need.
If you know the story of Joseph from the Bible, this should all seem rather familiar to you. This script is based on Joseph's story and it comes pretty close to nailing all of the important movements in that tail. Andrew Cheney, plays Brady Gray and does an excellent job portraying the battered and broken rejected brother. His transition to powerful executive is well developed and believable even though it transpires fairly quickly in screen time. The rest of the cast is equally qualified resulting in a satisfying and thought provoking film. Rewriting a Bible story to fit modern times is not an easy task, but this film demonstrates it can be done well.
A story that encourages hope in difficult times and inspires you to make the most of your time on this earth. It's hard to find a movie with a better message than that!
Wonderful inspirational movie.
Not often we get a movie with a message that can change your life. This is one.
Great modern portrayl of a classic Biblical story. It has some of the usual issues seen with low-budget, independent and/or Christian films. Overall, this is a great film and is definitely worth seeing. Even better is the opportunity to take friends to a quality film with a beautiful message.
Great Movie loved it
This movie really depicted the story of Joseph in a modern way. It showed that God ALWAYS has a plan, we might not be able to see the big picture in the moment of our despair but God is always watching over us and will bring us through whatever trials we encounter.
Loved it! Great family movie with an incredible message.
Substantive Screenplay and Quality Acting Carry this Above Average Film
Seasons of Gray is the inaugural production of Watermark Films. This film contains many of the hallmarks of a budget restricted independent, yet carries a story that appeals to a much wider audience. Its story is anchored by one of the Bible's earliest redemption stories and was converted into a faithfully written modern screenplay. Seasons of Gray delivers with good core plotlines, laudable acting, and an interwoven theme of pain and forgiveness that carts the audience through its 89 minutes. It is a good movie on its merits and is worth seeing.
Opening on a sweeping ranch in Texas, Brady Gray (Andrew Cheney) is a gifted and favored son among a gaggle of brothers led by Ryan (Jonathan Brooks) and alongside a widowed father, Jake (Mark Walters). The movie quickly establishes the enmity that Brady's brothers feel toward him especially when he is lavished with an expensive gift from their father. In addition Brady has a God given ability to see and interpret dreams. Brady's dreams include a vision of the family seeking Brady's help during some future time of duress. Brady discloses this to his family, who don't react kindly to it, furthering the wedge between Brady and Ryan in particular. The wedge ultimately leads to Brady's expulsion from the ranch and he is left with virtually nothing on the side of the road. Salvaged by a new friend, Chris (Akron Watson), Brady begins to rebuild his life, pursue a coworker (Megan Parker), and achieve some success in his new career. This all comes crashing down as he is framed for a crime he doesn't commit. In prison, as Brady is being ministered to by a small group of men, he comes to grips with who he really is. Strangely, his gift of dream interpretation sets him on a course of exoneration that ultimately ends face to face with the brothers who discarded him.
The movie's main plot line (primarily Brady's response to the circumstances that befall him) is buoyed by Mr. Cheney's commendable and genuine performance. His somewhat low-key approach to Brady has quality nuances, but it also does restrict him somewhat during Brady's peaks and valleys. Overall he is a likeable hero. Some of the key family members that drive those circumstances also did admirable work. In this reviewer's opinion, Mr. Brooks deserved more screen time, not only to further the plot, but he was a worthy antagonist as Ryan Brady and his performance brought emotional weight to scenes he was in. Mr.Walters' performance also left the audience wanting more. Seasons of Gray's comedic elements and timing were pleasantly crisp and gave necessary balance to Brady's journey. This aspect was highlighted predominantly by some clever writing and Mr. Akron's talents.
One of the notable aspects to the film was the integration of scenes involving Brady's supernatural dream interpretation. The filmmakers do a good job at integrating this feature to the plotline while maintaining the audience's suspension of disbelief. Some low budget movies with similar aspirations fall short at that juncture, this one does not. In addition, much of the tight and intimate cinematography gives depth and structure to key scenes.
In light of the above praise, the movie is not perfect. It certainly lacks some of the technical and production polish of bigger budget films and more seasoned teams. There is disjointed editing on some transitions, particularly during cuts when significant time elapses. The storyline covers months and years of Brady's life, but from a watcher's perspective, in many respects it might as well have been a hectic three weeks for Brady. Perhaps a few montage scenes could have alleviated this. Also, the utilization and emphasis of musical score didn't appear maximized. The score played a subtle and underhanded role. In a dramatic film such as this, the musical score communicates emotional range that can be difficult for an actor or a camera angle to capture alone. This shortcoming was offset somewhat by the script and acting, but it was still noticeable. The filmmakers also could have further fleshed out a few plot characteristics and characters. The film was only 89 minutes and as such had room to accomplish this. Underdeveloped themes that come to mind include Brady's brothers' resentment of him, Brady's growing relationship with his prison colleagues, and Jake's anguish and family desperation in Brady's absence. The character introduction for "Bigs" also deserved more elegance and screen time, especially due to his impact on Brady's ascent. The combination of these components, along with some emotional build-up shots coming into pivotal scenes, could have heightened the crescendo of both the film's bottom as well as its satisfying ending.
Notwithstanding the above criticisms, the movie was a delightful, hopeful tribute to the Biblical story of Joseph. Its redemptive theme and Christian viewpoint on the hard topic of forgiveness is worth the price of admission and is a promising initial effort by Watermark Films. The movie wisely used its limited resources in the areas it needed to - storyline and acting. It is a meaningful contribution to movie making in light of an era when the industry has produced such a voluminous amount of drivel.
Awesome message and remarkable acting and cinematography for the budget.