Movie Review: Ashes of Eden

Because the FTC has nothing better to do than make life difficult for us writers, I’m required to disclose the following at the beginning of this post: I received a complimentary copy of this DVD in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation, and the opinions expressed, whether positive or negative are completely my own. Personally, I’m waiting for sponsorship disclaimers from all of the politicians in DC, but I’ll probably be waiting a long time…

logoI was contacted by Fish Flix a while back and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a DVD on my blog. I enjoy watching DVDs or Netflix while knitting in the evenings, so it sounded like a fun review!

Fish Flix sent me a movie called Ashes of Eden. While it’s not the type of movie that I’d typically choose, I was definitely willing to give it a try. Here’s the synopsis from their website:

ashes_of_edenAshes of Eden is a gritty new drama from LightWorx Entertainment that tells the story of 18 year-old Red. Red has made some bad choices, and he knows he’s made a lot of mistakes in his short life. Although he has already done his time, it seems he will never be done paying the consequences for his actions. He finds that having a bad reputation along with an inexplicable ability to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time is a bad mix and he can never seem to escape the broken world he finds himself in.

Although he is trying to do the right thing, he ends up back in the drug world selling stolen drugs to help his police officer mother make ends meet every month. When lives are lost and relationships are destroyed, Red begins to question his faith. Finding himself at the center of the struggle and unable to escape his dark path, can Red ever find redemption from his past? Although it may be possible, he quickly finds that redemption comes with a serious price. Ashes of Eden is a cautionary thriller with an important message.

The technical aspects of the production for Ashes of Eden were right about what I expect for an independent film, not quite as good as a big-budget blockbuster, but the filmmakers definitely had some experience. The acting was better than many of the Christian films that I’ve seen as well. I did appreciate that the movie did depict some consequences for the main character, rather than giving everyone a fairy-tale ending.

One of the things that I found odd about the DVD, was that some of the profanity had been removed, but some of it had not. I’m assuming that the writers included the language in an effort to make the screenplay realistic, but I’m not sure why only some of it was removed in the DVD release. I also found the plot to be somewhat confusing at times, so I ended up feeling rather bored through part of the movie. I thought that the main character’s mother sometimes acted in ways that didn’t make sense given that she was a police officer. At the end of the movie, though we do find out that the main character has to deal with the consequences of his actions, there were some of the other characters who we’re just left wondering about. I wish that they had resolved a few things more fully at the end.

While Ashes of Eden isn’t quite my cup of tea, it could appeal to people who enjoy a more gritty film genre. Though I didn’t enjoy this particular film from the Fish Flix website, they do have a pretty good selection of Christian films to choose from. They have a good-sized children’s section that includes VeggieTales and What’s in the Bible DVDs for a good price. Certainly worth checking out, especially if you’re shopping for kids’ movies!

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