A man who has lost his wife and the custody of his daughter is unable to hold down a steady job. He agrees to drive a truck across the country, no questions asked…until he discovers what’s in the truck.
January 31, 2017 (Digitally)
February 14, 2017 (DVD)
Priceless deals with the difficult topic of human trafficking. This story, in particular, emphasizes the worth of a woman (and her younger sister) who’ve been forced into prostitution by a human trafficking ring as a result of difficult life circumstances. It is also a story of redemption of one man who’s [almost] lost it all, and is trying to find his way back. In a twist of fate, their paths collide, and hell breaks loose soon after.
Of worthy mention are the impressively believable characters portrayed by Joel Smallbone (James) and Bianca A. Santos (Antonia). The characters, James and Antonia, exuded intense screen presence, although, not as much could be said about the chemistry between them—at least not to the degree that the story inclined their relationship. I perceived that the actors behind the characters held back from releasing the full intensity that a relationship of that nature inspires, which I believe can be adeptly done even in a movie that is Christian-themed.
This story was engaging enough to follow, and made more so by the intriguing character, James. However, there was nothing new than the regular and ordinary portrayed by a typical romance thriller with a human trafficking theme. As a faith-based movie, this is a huge stride compared to what is regularly rolled out of the Christian film industry, and I greatly applaud the effort, especially the impressive production/post-production techniques that were applied. Some scenes may have appeared too convenient—placed there to move the plot toward a desired end—and so didn’t give much room for what could be incredible twists. Outside of this, it’s a neat story with a beautiful message. I definitely look forward to more movies by Ben Smallbone and For King & Country.
*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My gratitude to Icon Media Group and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for the provision of a private screener to view this movie in exchange for my honest opinion.