Unredeemed
 
 
Studio: josephkw
 
Review Count: 156
Average Rating: 4.85 stars
Genre: Horror
Length: 10 minutes 0 seconds
 
Posted on: April 22, 2006
 
 
Film Description
Awards received: "Hot Picked", "Dulcilicious", "Lan's TAM Award", "Turtle Approved", "Yeagmaster Approved", "Pomorific", "the Deen's List", "AAAAA Listing", "Found Gem", Bezzer's "Tasty Burger", MoMc Review (week four) "Best Drama", and "Best Script" in Master007's Archaic Awards.

My first serious drama (since there's no drama genre, I placed it under horror). Created specifically for entry into the Honesty Competition. Originally 16 minutes long I had to lose a lot of scenes to fit the time constraints. All that remains of those deleted scenes is the thumbnail. Unfortunately my film didn't even place as a runner up in the contest so in hindsight I guess I should've left it in its original longer version.

All the VO's were done by me. Additionally, I composed three of the songs used in this film, and used Daniel Tidwell's (aka PhantomRaul) "Echoing Sadness" piece for the flashback sequence.

I'll devote this lengthy paragraph to try to address some of the reviewers' queries/observations. This is not intended as a religious film--I am not a religious person, but did attend a Christian school (the cathedral's exterior and interior shots are of the church school where I graduated from). I just thought this was the perfect venue for a film focusing on honesty and in time for an Easter release. Note that my other concurrent release for the Chrysler competition focuses on karma and reincarnation (a rather non-Christian concept). The thumbnail is from some deleted scenes which I edited out due to time constraints (and might have done so anyways since I didn't really want to portray the Devil as a monster). But I used it as an experiment--I read a thread toting that only films with a cool eye-catching thumbnail get to the top chart positions, and decided to try it out. On the other hand another thread ranted that longer films were avoided like the plague. Considering this film received the least reviews of all my releases during its opening weekend, I would guess the length carries more weight. What was in my original 16 minute version? Mostly I had to cut out a lot of dialogue addressing the "logics" as Kate Lee puts it. I am a nitpicky movie watcher who pays attention to detail and so I do my best to plug up any possible holes in my plot. Most of that was lost in those edited six minutes. I also tried to put more pathos in the film by making the characters more hesitant in taking their steps of defeat, etc., but again had to shave that down to barely fit it into ten minutes (actually 9:58 to make room for the two second "movie" logo at the end). Although this received the least views, the quality of the reviews more than makes up for it. I am ecstatic to have been visited by TMO celebrities, members of the minimalist movement, veterans and newbies alike. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Merci, gracias, danke.
 
Featured Reviews
- AnotherNewDawn

We run a pretty eclectic shop around here at 1000 Yard Stare Studios, with belief systems that run the gamut, yet all joined in the firm belief that the Creator's greatest gift to us was the intellect that allows us to question any and every thing he created.

So as the credits rolled to the strains of "Amazing Grace", we at 1000 Yard Stare Studios found ourselves pretty floored. And we like that floored feeling just fine. What we're trying to say is that this game of deep, wondering questions between good and evil archetypes for the ultimate wager struck us between the eyes like a poleaxed steer. And that's a very good thing.

While the ending was a given, we were never quite sure what the next question in the game would be. The dialogue and voicework were spot on, highlights being the sense of impending doom, the evil imp's craftiness, the priest's contemplation (no worries about all of the cuts you had to make - the point was still clearly and effectively made).

We were also very surprised and pleased to learn that all VO's were the work of one man. Kudos on creating separate characters with separate deliveries and inflections. Very, very fine work.

Plot, pacing, tone, structure; all of the prerequisites were present and accounted for, as well as custom backdrops and appropriate music... The backdrops spoke volumes - pictures being worth a thousand words...

All in all, a very tasty and satisfying philosophical snack that flew by and delivered, no question about it.

"Unredeemed" is a must-see.

Posted on April 30, 2006
- Dulci

A very interesting movie, with an extremely human character. A direct look into the lies we tell ourselves again & again until we almost believe them...until we are confronted by them later.

Effective use of custom content and music. Well-done voiceovers, and a simplistic directing style that was completely appropriate to the dialogue of the movie.

Like many good movies, it raises more questions - why did the devil choose him? Why did the game conclude the way it does? I, however, enjoy the unanswered questions - I love to speculate after watching a movie and draw my own conclusions. This is the type of movie that could draw heated debate out of a room full of viewers - each with their own take on the message and the outcome.

Dulcilicious!

Posted on April 29, 2006
- postmodernchuck

Let me preface this: I am not a Christian, and I abhore stories about Christian miracles, religious leaps of faith, and reconnecting with the spiritual world. Hate 'em. As far as "Christian-themed" films go on TMO, about all I can bear to enjoy is The Beginning of the End, and even that wears me down at times.

With that said, let me also say this -- Unredeemed is cosmically fantastic, completely knocking the wind out of me and making me grovel on the ground, wishing I could make something equal to this. Simply put, this is marvellous, fascinating material and you have carried it through with the skills of a virtuoso. I believe this just might be your crowning achievement as a filmmaker.

And what's not to like? The cinematography and special effects are breath-taking, completely drawing you in into the apocalyptic, hellish imagery... and the custom backdrops are integrated so well into the picture it takes a second glance to realize they're not a part of the original game.

But that's all irrelevant -- what makes this movie special is the writing, direction, and characterization. The spiritual struggle between this small preacher and the Prince of Darkness carries an unbelievable weight that grips the viewer on both an emotional and philosophical level. Their dialogue is beautifully written, wonderfully concieved, and the devil's rationale regarding truth, justice, and redemption make him possibly one of the most fascinating characters in TMO history. I would have been happy to just watch these two beings struggle and talk and decieve one another for hours and hours and hours...

This is a true masterpiece in every way. Pomorific!

Posted on April 26, 2006
- Bezzer36

Joseph, you have a truly incredible gift for writing my friend.
But your talents don't end there.

This was another masterpiece of movie making.

Your editing techniques and visual style are second to none here on TMO and now you can add 'musician' to that ever growing list of talents!

The story itself is another of good vs evil, told in Joseph's unique and absolutely facinating approach with the trademark twist at the end that both shocks and delights.

I'll finish by saying that there is no better story writer here on TMO...full stop!
Highly recommended...and in keeping with my new review stamp policy, congrats Joseph...it's a TASTY BURGER.

Posted on April 24, 2006
- Franklinjake

I can't see somone like you to be over looked on your filming. These films that I have seen up to now he beyond me to say how great you are in story telling. I'm glad that I have booked marked your work up to now. Your films tells great story and you'll do wonderful voice over. I'll shall follow your work. You rock in my book. Keep them coming and I'll keep following your work.

Posted on April 22, 2006
- Ninette1

Top Notch VO, Creepy scenes, outstanding plot, terrific use of sounds and sweet prop use. Five hot stars. I am not even going to complain about the length, which was perfect for this movie. Hope you continue amazing us with this kind of quality work. Impressive, I will start expecting great things!!~ no pressure. :p

~Ninette 1 Studios

Posted on April 22, 2006
- Ville_Valo

oh my god wat an excellent movie! Beautiful story-line and great backgrounds of churches. You are a natural movie-maker! Keep it up.

~Ville_Valo~

Posted on April 22, 2006
 
Reviews
- callum16

that movie was awesome and the song nearer my god to thee gave me meories of why i kinda christian

Posted on June 18, 2007
- Der_Zwerg

nice Movie! well done!

Posted on April 16, 2007
- Trashman

Extremely entertaining!
Interesting "battle" between good and evil.Some clever use of dialogue,and it just goes to show how good a movie can be when it is mostly driven by a great conversation.
Another excellent movie...
I am running out of superlatives to describe your movies lol:-D

Posted on March 4, 2007
- qtigger

Wow! You never cease to amaze me. Great film! Definitely worthy of all the awards it�??s won. Superbly written and well acted. I enjoyed the screen shot inserts as apposed to straight flashbacks; it kept the storyline confined to just the two contestants. Well done.

Posted on February 27, 2007
- Master007

The Archaic Awards
Review

Story: 9/10 A very decent story, however it was a little confusing at the biginning. Luckily I got the hang of it. Good job!

Music: 5/5 Music was good, but it was a little too subtle to be considered something super special.

VO/Subs: 10/10 Vo's were perfect. I really think that you did a great job!

Script: 5/5 Script was good. I enjoyed it. It seems you did some research into the details, so good job!

Extras: 5/5 Great backdrops and everything. It was very entertaining.

Editing: 13/15 It almost felt like it was starting to go on to long, but it didn't really. Also, the scene transistion could have been a little bit better. Other then that though, this movie was well made. I really enjoyed it and I think it was deserving of that hotpick!

Final Score: 47/50

Posted on February 17, 2007
- nikstudios05

AWESOME!!!

That deserved all the credit it recieved!
I think that you are a mastermind, of
course, and nothing will stop you from
doing what you love! This film was far
more horrifying than any, and it
will always be unredeemable it my
charts!!!!

NiK

Posted on January 26, 2007
- feix

very cool movie! I liked it very much. I couldn`t make the movies better. Please watch my latest movie: Demons in Blackville the movie! Thanks have fun!

Posted on January 24, 2007
- userjosh9874

This movie was really interesting, and isn't like anything else I've seen on TMO. You have a talent for original script writing, and I hope you keep at it.
I'm bookmarking your studio, I love everything you do on here!

Posted on January 8, 2007
- Loyd2000

WOW!!! Great Movie! I can't believe I haven't seen this yet! As much as I loved the QUIETUS series, I have to agree with you by saying this is your best! You da MAN!!

Posted on December 6, 2006
- vatrel34

i have seen this movie for 1 year.
god to see old memory movies!

Posted on December 6, 2006
- Dustin551

that wasn't all that good but if you want to check out my movies called Back in Action then please do!P.S there not as good as your's.:)

Posted on December 3, 2006
- Eyris

This was such a good movie with a very interesting and strong story. The visuals, the vo's, the music, everything was perfect. It could have gone on for another 10 minutes and I would not have been bored.

Posted on October 30, 2006
- Hoobahoo

True Story: During this movie,I actualy sleep through it,and 3 hours after it.Yes,it was more boring than hell.

Posted on October 28, 2006
- Newdaff

Excellent movie.

Posted on September 29, 2006
- Aoimtxvzlmser

This is my favourite movie on TMO. I hope I can see a new movie of you in near future. I really adored the theme and the message of this movie. It's very outstandig and special. ;)

Posted on September 24, 2006
- azza93

This is one of your most successful films, and one of my favourites! You have an amazing ability to come up with eye-capturing stories and, as I have already told you, have enough knowledge to make award-winning films on TMO!
I have another question. How to you capture stills and use them as backdrops?
Also, look out for a film next week called, 'Fire!'. I am curently writing a horror movie!

Posted on September 14, 2006
- dante906v2

(i aprectaite the review)


Z0MG ECHOING SADNESS!
Saint Joshephs?
That around here

Posted on August 27, 2006
- Ricco_de_la_Fuego

A very catching, and learnable story. It just goes close for the average watcher. The preacher. He was just a human. It can be saw from the answers he gave, and the sentences he said. A very new side of the devil himself. The Unreedemable. Keep this up boy!

Posted on August 13, 2006
- OlliEntertainment

Wow...wow...wow....
Thats fantastic.....
Great! Great! Great!

Film on!!!

Posted on August 3, 2006
- threedaytorture

A tad boring, but thats because of personal taste. So I'm rating it on how good it actually is. The answer simply is........wow. Sad but wicked in so many ways. Kinda seems like my chemical romance song.

Posted on July 25, 2006
- aaron703

Although The story was just slightly out there, I found that this movie hd a good point, a great subject, and I think you made the characters very realistic. Altogether a pretty good film.

Posted on July 23, 2006
- Rederator

Another great one. That actor is a perfect satan!
Keep it up!

Ps. There is a song called "Honest Mistake" lol.

Posted on July 22, 2006
- Rioco77

Stunning, truly stunning.

Posted on July 22, 2006
- bongoman

BRILLIANT story and delivery.

Posted on July 8, 2006
- chasingsims

That was amazing. This movie had a very enticing plot. My only wish is that it was longer. I couldn't pull my eyes away from the screen. The neatest part is how you showed that Satan may have had somewhat of a heart.

Posted on July 2, 2006
- TimBurtonFan

Great stuff.

Posted on June 29, 2006
- BEDGE

I thought that was nice because the devil treated that man with respect even though he wouldn't do that

Posted on June 25, 2006
- timdozer

WOW. One of the most powerful movies i have seen. Shows the lighter side of evil and keeps you on the tip of your seat. Very well put together, loved the twist. Keep making GREAT movies.

Posted on June 24, 2006
- xrabohrok

That was cool.

Posted on June 22, 2006
- dizzybop

A fascinating movie from the thumbnail that is not a screenshot to the plot which treads in some netherland between devotion and sacrilege. It would be diffficult to decide whether it was religious or irreligious, but those kinds of questions don't really occupy me much. I found the script and the voice-acting to have that compelling tone that keeps your attention all the way through. Whether things of high importance transpired or whether it was another variation of "The Omen/The Exorcist/etc" I don't know but it was certainly dramatic and well-made and highly entertaining!

Posted on June 20, 2006
- 5541

THIS MOVIE WAS A FANTASTIC MOVIE, WITH ALOT OF THOUGHT PUT INTO IT, I LIKE THE VOICEOVERS ;-)

EXELENT!!!!!!!!!

Posted on June 18, 2006
- agunst999

great movie good story line and awesome vos

Posted on June 17, 2006
- Kosc

Well this is amazing movie... The story line is for sure best i sow on TMO ..
After all this reviews i cant say nothing new about this movie cos.. almost all is said already. Well Geothe would be proud of you however your story is not same or even is not similar... but your talent is same great !
tHX also for reviewing my ...realy infantyl movie ( its cannot be compared with this masterpiece ! )
regards
kosc

Posted on June 17, 2006
- DuncanRobb

Amazing

Posted on June 17, 2006
- jdblazer

well done i thought this was very very good!!! i thought the facts about lusfer was good yet i didn't know it! altho the moive was only like 3 different sicens but it was all put thogether nicely and it made sence!!
i think you could make another one because the Devel got away!! good job!

Posted on June 17, 2006
- Apasas

This was really well done and you made excellent use of the backdrops and VO to explain you story.

But for me the devil did not seem right to me. In the end he was a bit of a pussy and was far too sentimental. That is the way you decided to portray him, but it does not appeal to me. In the end I also found the ending to be contradictory, but not in a way. Why did the devil act the way he did? If he really is the devil, it doesn't make sense. If he is not, then that is not indicated and that doesn't make sense either. If that was supposed to be the lesson, then it meant nothing to me.

Posted on June 16, 2006
- hunteretnuh

I Thought The Movie Was Great. But I Wasn't Sure Why The DEVIL Was Being Nice To The Man.

Posted on June 15, 2006
- xxBrianxx

brilliant
and shut the [not-so-nice-word!] up postmodernchuck

Posted on June 15, 2006
- wazmaster5794

yes!yes

great
mvoie

!!1
loved it i idid

That deservs five starz very creative excleent backdrops great AWESOME!!!!!!!
10 outta 10!!!!!!

Posted on June 14, 2006
- Mohstudios

Very good work. Great job, i actuallly wanted to see what happend next! Never crossed my mind to stop or even pause the movie. Great job! Fan-freakin-Tastic!

Posted on June 14, 2006
- skarlitt62000

i was very impressed with this movie..and the usage of the pictures, and music. it was very touching.

Posted on June 14, 2006
- ants_man

This was a very impressing movie. Great story and voice actting. The plot was very good. I do not know how people do not like this movie.

Posted on June 13, 2006
- zaaapmmme

how could u not like this film.....this film was soooo good..finaly a film that may be true...a film that was interesting and i mean interesting.....
i wen to a catholic skool as well...

Posted on June 12, 2006
- Skirmis

Not very original movie. Sounds like "House of 9" and "Saw 2". But script is kind of good horror movie. You do the best of the game, but not good with idea...

Posted on June 12, 2006
- thejester005

Great MOvie Excellent work of custom stuff

Posted on June 11, 2006
- cheetah_13

very good drama,good photo's what you make! and... what was that a hell?
a good hell? that was a good movie,but why horror? it like drama.
not our fault,but this well good,you have 5 stars of this hour!

Posted on June 10, 2006
- RyanJensen

Music was a great fit, excellent mood and vo's, an involving story. Well worth the time.

Posted on June 9, 2006
- RolandHulme

An excellent film, well scripted, brilliantly directed.

Posted on June 9, 2006
- Cingiz

Sorry my English is not good. I can give only stars.
English I understand very well. But to write can I cannot well. A star states also much :). The German Voter Cingiz.

Posted on June 8, 2006
- RobertBailey

Very well thought out. Its an amazing video full of thought and thought inspiring ideas. Something that even makes the people who walk blindly with faith start to think.

Posted on June 8, 2006
- Chris-5

I'm sorry Joseph, but that was really poor. I'm not at all surprised that it didn't win or achieve a runner's up place. It was boring, most of the film was situated in one place. I found myself straying and doing other things, which I've never done before while watching a movie on here. Awful, dour and basically poor film, A wasted ten minutes of my life.

Posted on June 7, 2006
- Matneve

It was bad...but I will give it a 2 stars for the Sean Connery actor and you had some good VO's

Posted on June 7, 2006
- Ghoststalker

A yes, i've seen this one a while back.
Alway's thought It would end up beenig a hotpick.
Good job Joseph.

These are the best type of movies, not just some random action, but great storyline. And I've learned the Lucifer is not the devil.

Great movie, keep it pal.

Posted on June 7, 2006
- Artorious

I'm not going to say much. I think it's all been said already. I thought this was a great film with alot of thought. The simplest thing i can say is WOW!!!

Posted on June 6, 2006
- madmoviemaker

No comment

Posted on June 6, 2006
- Dizdoc

You genius!

Posted on June 5, 2006
- theVillain

This is one of the most interesting films here on TMO, I enjoyed everything about it. I'd been wanting to watch this movie, but I usually forgot. The new Hot Pick layout helped me to remember and I'm glad I watched.

The voice overs were top notch, good choice of scenes, and overall very creative. It wasn't just a simple Satan tempts Priest kinda of concept, it was deeper. What else to mention...The music was very subtle and fit perfectly. Congrats on the great use of backdrops also, fantastic work there.

Overall, excellent film!

Posted on June 5, 2006
- Sith

EXCELLENT! The voice acting was great, the shot's were great, all the scenes were excellent the whole movie was perfect! This should be the Number 1 movie! You have to tell me how you do all those effects. Please email me at dark_depths01@yahoo.com

Posted on June 4, 2006
- JMAswim

the best movie i have ever seen on TMO. great VO's too.

Posted on June 4, 2006
- steve1982

Very good interesting storyline well written and good use of voiceovers.

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Posted on June 4, 2006
- bkinsman

This movie was fab. I am a christian. The whole story line about this movie was fab. I really enjoyed it. Can you please watch my movie http://movies.lionhead.com/movie/84756

Posted on June 4, 2006
- Herow

No comment

Posted on June 4, 2006
- H_Finocchiaro

First off, I AM a Christian and not ashamed to say it. This film is really well done and thought provoking! It would be great if the uncut version gets released.

Posted on June 4, 2006
- JACKRABBIT

Groovy.

Posted on June 2, 2006
- kurtiscool134

:o Stunning!Breathtaking! Jaw dropping! 11 out if 10! There are no other words to describe this amazing movie! one if the greatest movies on TMO. HANDS DOWN! GREAT JOB!

Posted on June 1, 2006
- boxermix11

WoW, They should make this into a real blockbuster! Very cool and exciting storyline, what an intresting subject, I should of had popcorn!

Posted on May 31, 2006
- JustinMoore

I saw "Dawn with the Devil" and loved it. This one is even better! Another truly inspiring story from a master storyteller. Thoroughly enjoyable and attention grabbing throughout, I thought the editing, Vo's and music fit perfectly! Overall: Outstanding! A Definite Must See film!

Posted on May 31, 2006
- Sam

Interesting, really liked it. Well written and executed story.

Posted on May 31, 2006
- raybohm

very good and very good VO as well

Posted on May 31, 2006
- ProKanada

What can I say? ...Wow! Amazingly, this movie, which really only consists of two people standing and talking (that's an over-simplification, admittedly), managed to keep me riveted to my seat for the whole duration.

A fantastic story, great music which sets the mood, creative use of sets and backdrops, and believable characters make this film a definite 5-star flick. I only wish I'd discovered your studio earlier, but not to worry, the "bookmark" feature has now anchored you on my site so I can check in on your new works regularly!

Bravo, and keep it up!

Posted on May 31, 2006
- Greenglades

Unredeemed is a movie with a strong tale and great dialogue. Josephkw is truly a great story teller.

Critical areas:
Plot/Storyline: Devil vs mortal human plot. The downside to this plot is that the Devil rarely wins so the story has to be strong enough to support the plot. The storyline that Josephkw created was one that interweaved the priest's past life and desires as his weakness in the challenge. A great vehicle not only for individualizing and customizing the story, but also allowed for character development.

Editing: Artistic cinematic style combining backdrop scenes mingled with the The Movies characters. Good use of scene editing and transitions to create the illusion of the cathedral. Good use of effects switching between the backdrops and the action.
Sound: Good musical choices which were appropriate for each scene and added to the overall imagery and feel of the film. The voice overs were done well.

Where this fell short for me: The very same technique used to make this an artistic display may have been to the extreme. The dialogue and narrative was well written. However, the movie became a conversation between the two main characters with a slideshow of images created through backdrops. It would have been better to use some of the animated movie scenes to help recreate the flashbacks rather than having the majority of the film as a backdropped screen show. While the dialogue and writing was brilliant, it lacked "The Movies" and came off more like a play than a film.

Posted on May 30, 2006
- Drew109

Very Good Amazing story and incredible voice overs. And if you want a googd comedy or action movie see my web page

Posted on May 30, 2006
- criobien

Pure brilliance. There's nothing else to describe it. The fact that it's not at the top of charts is ludicrous.

Posted on May 30, 2006
- Ratonero

The story, and the way the author tell us what is happening, the feelings of the characters, the way the film was made, the cuts, the technical skills... all of them are impressive.
You're far beyond the usual TMO movies. And so far from other storytellers.

Posted on May 30, 2006
- Zszjoerd

Scary and exciting.

Posted on May 30, 2006
- deenswe2003

Wow that was gripping, your a masterful story teller and your use of custom back drops served you well...

Posted on May 30, 2006
- kylemf88

Very creative. I never would have expected to see something like this on here. It was very well edited and had a pretty interesting story. I have to say this is probably the most creative film I've watched on this website.

Posted on May 29, 2006
- eastendfellow

Horrifying and fascinating film on a large scale. I personnaly find the script very original and the characters are very well studied in depth. This is such a movie at which your train of thought about life can make someone changing his mind, but into the direction of using your common sense.

Posted on May 27, 2006
- samyhouse

Well, i think that everything has been told. This is a great movie and...i really don't know what to tell. Good Job.

Posted on May 27, 2006
- TheCountess

When I watched this movie my hair stood at an end. They voices, the setting and the characters where just brilliant. Great story and the moive is a fullfilment. Nothing is more scary than hell, and in the end...you can't lie to yourself because then you lie to God as well.
I'm glad you found your way to my studio so I could watch this movie and more of your productions. But this movie gave me a great hint and inspiration for my future ones, especially the music. I will consider enter into that competition, thanks for your recommendation.

Posted on May 26, 2006
- ElizabethSusan

Yet another fine production with one of my favorite characters, chilling right down to the bone! What looked to be some custom backdrops that I have not seen the likes of, VO are some of the best on the TMO and over all just a spoonful of SMOOTH! This is your best yet!

Posted on May 24, 2006
- MSBros

1) You have proved to me with this film that you are a master of scripting. This is one helluva a film! This film has an atmosphere. A very seriously creepy atmosphere. You know when the devil said "there are no absolutes" I think YOU proved him wrong cuz one absolute is that this is the BEST film on TMO...

2)
Plot/Storyline: 5/5 (Amazing man!)
Creativity Originality: 5/5 (100% original!)
Dialogue/Scripting: (The best aspect of the film!)
Editing: 5/5 (Smooth, clean, & crisp cuts!)
Voice Overs/Acting: 5/5 (You and your voice cast have talent!)
Extra Effort (ex. custom stuff): 5/5 (Man, the backdrops RULED!)
WOW Factor: 100/5 (If I could I would but) 5/5 (What else to say but WOW!)

5+5+5+5+5+5+5= 35 (divided by) 5= 5 (A WELL DESERVING PERFECT SCORE!)

3) Dude, I love it. EVERY FRIGGIN' SECOND! not only is it subtly scary but it is enthralling, genius in a way that you can capture every ounce of my attention for 10 minutes. Dude, I would love to see a "Directors Cut" of this film with all the footage taken out. Amazing. Plus dude, the music is awesome.

4) Dude, I am so bookmarking your studio and film. (Check if you want :D) Love it!

5) GREAT!

6) AMAZING!

7) FANTASTIC!

8) I

9) Could

10) go

11) on

12) like

13) this

14) forever

15) lol

16) I hope to see A LOT more of you in the future.

17) Remember you are bookmarked!

~MSBros~

Posted on May 23, 2006
- Babar23

Original, clever, VERY clever, with an INCREDIBLE direction, use of backdrowns!
I really enjoyed this awesome and different movie!

Good job!

Posted on May 23, 2006
- xmedic80

A very original and well thought out plot. It makes you go HMMMMMMM after you watch it. Great job!

Posted on May 23, 2006
- Gabriel_James

I am not a very bigg fan of movie that have a moral message to give but I will say that this movie was very well done the use of the backgrounds and the VO's took me right in to the church and door way its self. I have a problem though I have seen this story done over and over. Same old thing man fights devil for his soul and man winns. Try to put more of a twist in your story. And mayb just a little more action.

Posted on May 21, 2006
- kwistufa

Amazingly exceptional Movie. I Loved it. It was Flawless & the Story Fantastic.

Posted on May 20, 2006
- Primaer

Amazing movie. First I have to say that I have watched a lot of such movies. Devil and a man, talking about the life and decisions and such stuff, but none of them had such great dialogues and such a great ending like yours.

Because I couldn't find anything I didn't like, I'll just write what I liked about your movie.
The story is on the first look not very original. There have been several movies like this one on TMO, but the dialogues on the gateway give the movie a special flair, a special flair which I love in this movie. The whole Dialogue doesn't run good for the priest but than the last question...didn't excpectet that. Also even just movies have been already on TMO, the idea with the gateway and the steps is quiet original, so it's the most original production of such kind of movies.
I loved the music and the VOs. Great performances on the Actors Joseph and applause for your performance on the Tracks.
The custom backdrops look great. The grey flashback look great, the bring a really great atmosphere to the viewer. Also the gateway or the christian pic's such as the pic of Jesus catch the viewer into the dark atmosphere.

As I said I can't write anything about it...

Overall: Kickassing, atmospheric, genious! I can't imagine why this movie didn't win the honesty competition.

Posted on May 20, 2006
- ZCK_legend

this was a slow moving movie but I couldnt look away

Posted on May 19, 2006
- cowboy5749

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! Very good!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on May 17, 2006
- Crystalkid

That was a vary nice movie. How a man could be so honest. this really tells people about what could happen. Nice movie.
Please review my movie "sci-fi classic 2"

Posted on May 17, 2006
- Apocryphon

Very satisfying and impressive movie. Great media manipulation in your stills and backdrops and created a fine illusion of great space in the Church scenes.
Good premise, great script and VO, nice storyline and use of words as plot.
It felt whole, complete and finished as so many TMO movies, even the good ones, do not. A polished gem in a grand and classy setting, made me want to hold it in my hand and feel the weight.
The work put in is obvious but never invasive, and the pace never flags despite the dialogue heavy story. Good soundtrack use and understated sound effects helped by never being grossly "Omen" like or horrific. Shaved a decimal fraction off the rating because I felt there should have been a little scenelet at the start to introduce the Priests personality to us, a little interaction with a parishoner maybe. Not a serious flaw, just my opinion.
Damn Fine Movie!
4.8

Posted on May 17, 2006
- xan_90

Greeeat Movie! Now please rate mine http://movies.lionhead.com/movie/81922

Posted on May 17, 2006
- Awsomejohn77

To make this clear: It was great. those three simple words are bolted into this page. It was awsome. When you were doing the flashbacks of helen it was a real backround, but a fake movies person. this was truely a great movie. there was a tremendos great use of specail effects as well as the music. good, i mean great, work! this deserves nothing else but a five.

Posted on May 14, 2006
- verguit

look 5 stars for the unreal backdrops, sounds, vo's and the flow of the story.
Myself it was too indepth for me. I will watch more if you eaze up on the evil aspect a touch.

Posted on May 11, 2006
- AME_movies

Josheph, this story, not movie, is truly incredable. You've shown a lighter sight to the dark lord, which may need to be seen, this movie is a great movie, and you have made a wonderful peice of art here. Congrats on everything you've done in this movie


~AME

The Messenger
Coming Soon...


"will you be ready when he comes?"

Posted on May 10, 2006
- SothisAmon

Great film one of the best on here, no offence but the thumbnail is utter sheite muslim, appart from that i was enthralled from the opening shots fantastic merges of in game and real world shots for the scenes the Vo carried this film brilliantly and the use of stills was great a five star if ever there was one this is a truely great film, normally i give films high ratings cause i like them this deserves much more then a five very entertaining, great portrail of the dark one, i like the way you hinted at personal hell's could have been an alternate end where the woman was destined to feel alone and unhappy in any relationship and the priest to live a life he didnt truely want.
Full marks for highlighting the dangers of lying about your motives to your self or in his case god and also on the dark ones brilliant dialog.

Posted on May 7, 2006
- King_Cobra2121

This was a Great movie. One of my new favorites.

Posted on May 3, 2006
- Chykka

God am I ill. But I must review, returning the favour :)
I have not seen a better movie that was based on dialogue, not action.
Normally, I would write lots for a movie like this, but whatever I need to say has already been said. All i have let to say is....
Keep the movies coming :D!!

Posted on May 3, 2006
- JJPATEL

I can see why people are raving about this movie and I'm glad that I decided to listen to those high praised words about this movie and go and check it out for myself. My conclusion of this movie, which has probably been typed up already in use of better words, was that it was a throughly enjoyable, yet interesting and questionable movie.

I decided to look at your Warrington winning movie to see the first apperance of "the devil" and although I quited enjoyed that movie, this movie was more thought-provoking and yet, I was completely absorbed by the dialogue and where it was going. The ending left some questions as to why the devil did what he did (I think he was just bored and wanted to have some fun, he he) or the fact that honestly eventually caught up on himself will leave the audience questioning about this way after the movie is finished.

I won't go into the technical side of the movie as it was all spot on. I liked the use of TMO characters within the actually custom backdrops which was original to my eyes and helped the flashbacks to be more powerful then just moving scenes. Overall, this is an excellent piece of movie-making and if this movie did enter the honestly competition, then you got another winning movie along the way!

Posted on May 3, 2006
- Mystic_SleeT

Spot Review:
This was a very good concept being shown when watching this film.It makes you think and the outcome is somewhat overwhelming.Dialogue just blew me away.
A most enjoyable watch if i am say so myself.

Let It Be...

Posted on May 3, 2006
- JJX-treme_Productions

hmmmm....a work of art truly. welldone

Posted on May 2, 2006
- rjb2112

This is an amazingly well made film. All I can say is you must go watch it right now.

Posted on May 2, 2006
- SkyhighStudios

Yet another "enlightning" movie by Josephkw, I liked the phrase "Damned if you do damned if you don't" used by the devil. Truly your movies are works of arts!

Posted on May 2, 2006
- sheelba

Beautiful, what a creation. quite simliar to your dawn with the the Devil but this is far less naive and imature. A brilliant work with some of the best use of custom backdrops and set's I've seen. The music flowed with the expert voiceovers. The plot was prehaps a litle predictable and lacking any great meaning which prehaps it is trying to achieve but this is a minor quibble and more than made up for by other elements. Fantastic use of religous imagery to create a vivid fantasy.

No absolutes! it hardly seems fair to fail him on something that is still very much in debate.

Posted on May 2, 2006
- Leora

A very good movie, excellent story, excellent editing and excellent special effects. Music was also excellent, as were the VO's. Although I generally don't like any movies with religious stuff in them, this one was very good, the idea of the game was great, and quite unique. Well done.

Posted on May 2, 2006
- nasum84

great movie, good voice acting and editing

Posted on May 1, 2006
- Timo666

As I am an atheist, I'll leave all religious content aside. What's left is a very good movie with a great story that got me hooked from the beginning. Great VOs (I'm impressed they're all by yourself) make this movie a stand out of the mass one!

Posted on May 1, 2006
- AnotherNewDawn

We run a pretty eclectic shop around here at 1000 Yard Stare Studios, with belief systems that run the gamut, yet all joined in the firm belief that the Creator's greatest gift to us was the intellect that allows us to question any and every thing he created.

So as the credits rolled to the strains of "Amazing Grace", we at 1000 Yard Stare Studios found ourselves pretty floored. And we like that floored feeling just fine. What we're trying to say is that this game of deep, wondering questions between good and evil archetypes for the ultimate wager struck us between the eyes like a poleaxed steer. And that's a very good thing.

While the ending was a given, we were never quite sure what the next question in the game would be. The dialogue and voicework were spot on, highlights being the sense of impending doom, the evil imp's craftiness, the priest's contemplation (no worries about all of the cuts you had to make - the point was still clearly and effectively made).

We were also very surprised and pleased to learn that all VO's were the work of one man. Kudos on creating separate characters with separate deliveries and inflections. Very, very fine work.

Plot, pacing, tone, structure; all of the prerequisites were present and accounted for, as well as custom backdrops and appropriate music... The backdrops spoke volumes - pictures being worth a thousand words...

All in all, a very tasty and satisfying philosophical snack that flew by and delivered, no question about it.

"Unredeemed" is a must-see.

Posted on April 30, 2006
- bigboominc

wow. what more can i say wow ;)

Posted on April 30, 2006
- sisch

First let me say: I`m not religious! But I really like this movie.. the atmosphere, all those special backdrops you created, the vo and the music make this one a movie for the mind and the senses... I like the way you portrayed the charakters and gave them depth, and the dialogue is just great! This is a must-see!

Posted on April 30, 2006
- yeagmaster

A very special movie!

This is one that is full of thought and wisdom. The dialogue is flawless. The Vos are excellent. What a great job you did with this.

The editing was flawless. The conversations looked normal and not as common as most on this game.

This is truly a TMO gem!!

This Horror is Yeagmaster Approved!!

Posted on April 30, 2006
- nightmare2146

Story/Plot - 10 - This was an absolutely amazing plot to an amazing movie, a truly attention gripping piece of work
Vo/Sub Quality - 10 - I love ur VO work, they sound so professional and fit your work perfectly and are always clear and precise
Editing - 10 - I was stunned at the amount of editing within this movie, it must have taken you a long time to finalize this film, well done
Effort - 10 - from planning to shooting to editing to voicing this movie is dripping with effort
My Enjoyment - 10 - I was held by this piece throughout and was quite pleasantly surprised with its ending, a superb pice of movie making

Final Rating - 50/50 - 5 STARS

TURTLE APPROVED!!!

Posted on April 30, 2006
- Nahton

Another great movie, Joseph. Great story, always great voice overs and the music you composed was awesome as well. It really built the suspense and held my interest. Good luck in the competitions(s).

Posted on April 30, 2006
- HitmanGames

Great movie!
Awesome story! very good editing & VO!
I like it! 5 stars!
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Posted on April 30, 2006
- iofushi91

that was a great movie. nice sets, Vo, all of it was nice, and the story itself, was, touching.

Posted on April 29, 2006
- maximillian77

This movie can stand out in a crowd of 5,000 other movies. Great sets, characters, editing, and story line. You are truly talented.

Posted on April 29, 2006
- capemedia

Quick Review: That was an outstanding movie, that I only stumbled across as you posted in my thread, thank you for doing that and bringing my attention to this. Excellently made and produced, awesome VO, just a great job 5 Stars.

Posted on April 29, 2006
- Jamous

very good story,i could not take my eyes from the screen,it had me totally captivated,it clearly shows you put alot into the production of this film and it paid off.this is a must see film for anybody,im totaly blown away. also im bookmarking both studio and movie. J

Posted on April 29, 2006
- Dulci

A very interesting movie, with an extremely human character. A direct look into the lies we tell ourselves again & again until we almost believe them...until we are confronted by them later.

Effective use of custom content and music. Well-done voiceovers, and a simplistic directing style that was completely appropriate to the dialogue of the movie.

Like many good movies, it raises more questions - why did the devil choose him? Why did the game conclude the way it does? I, however, enjoy the unanswered questions - I love to speculate after watching a movie and draw my own conclusions. This is the type of movie that could draw heated debate out of a room full of viewers - each with their own take on the message and the outcome.

Dulcilicious!

Posted on April 29, 2006
- kos78

A small-town preacher and the devil enter into a bargain on which much more hangs in the balance than just this one man's soul.

The devil character was absolutely brilliant in both script and tone of voice. The audience is so drawn into the story that they are on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what the outcome will be. The dialogue throughout was terrific. As addressed in the desription, some aspects of the internal logic of the challenge was unclear, but this did not stop it being a great film. The downside to the VO's was the persistent electronic hum in the background -- Audacity can fix this.

Overall, this is a fantastic movie. Highly recommended.

Posted on April 29, 2006
- Mishlof

wow, this is truely amazing. Of no strong religious background I felt no preaching of one. It Held me, great theme and message. The mixing of real images and actors amazing! I could go on, this really was breathtaking.

please keep up the amazing work.
Mishlof

Posted on April 28, 2006
- SHERWINLIU

This is an absolutely amazing production, worthy of the high praises it has received so far. The voiceovers are first rate, and the setting is fascinating. The characters even look their part, the flashback backdrops are great, and the story is skillfully told through involving dialogue. This is more than fully deserving of a five stars rating and being high on the chart.

However I do think that the plot could have been a bit more compelling. I cannot help but agree with Kate - my spouse - on a bit of strangeness in the basic premise of the plot. Why is the devil posing this challenge only in the end to forfeit the challenge? And the last question doesn't seem to be a question. Would the missing six minutes fill up these minor gaps?

Please do excuse (and feel free to ignore) my nitpicking, I wouldn't do that if I didn't care for this excellent movie. This is one of the best made movies I've seen recently on TMO.

Posted on April 27, 2006
- RixterGT

A very unique story, I'm glad I took the time to watch it.

Posted on April 27, 2006
- lan14n

WOW! That was very well made. The whole 10 min just went by. The story was very clever and well-written. The use of custom backdrops add flare to your movie. The voices were done professionally. The editing was very well done. The music fit in nicely. I think this will do good in the honesty contest, could even be the winner. I would definitely want to see your 16 min movie.

Trully Awesome!

Posted on April 27, 2006
- MAGIC_SCHOOL_BUS

Joseph Kwong, you are so talented when it comes to script wirting, any less than 5 stars than there's something wrong with me... truely amazing work. And my second movie of yours that I have downloaded...

This is a tough topic, and you handled it quite well, one of your best movies yet. And I loved the pictures... everything had a very nice flow...

Posted on April 27, 2006
- jsmith0316

Wow, excellently written and made. I'm very impressed with youre use of sound and backdrops to tell this difficult story.

Posted on April 27, 2006
- DNR

Absolutely Brilliant every aspct of this movie was flawless..Great Work

Posted on April 27, 2006
- akinis

definately a unique film. glad PMC pointed it out to me. I really want to see the uncut version, seemed there were some pieces missing. One of a kind for sure though.

Posted on April 27, 2006
- freddymurphy

This was an EXCLLENT movie I enojoyed it from start to finish!!!The voice acting,editing,music and custom backgrounds were superb!!This movie makes me want to work harder on my movies I will bookmark this film and your studio.BRAVO
P.S. Are you a film student by chance??

Posted on April 27, 2006
- micha83

wow really good movie!

Posted on April 27, 2006
- postmodernchuck

Let me preface this: I am not a Christian, and I abhore stories about Christian miracles, religious leaps of faith, and reconnecting with the spiritual world. Hate 'em. As far as "Christian-themed" films go on TMO, about all I can bear to enjoy is The Beginning of the End, and even that wears me down at times.

With that said, let me also say this -- Unredeemed is cosmically fantastic, completely knocking the wind out of me and making me grovel on the ground, wishing I could make something equal to this. Simply put, this is marvellous, fascinating material and you have carried it through with the skills of a virtuoso. I believe this just might be your crowning achievement as a filmmaker.

And what's not to like? The cinematography and special effects are breath-taking, completely drawing you in into the apocalyptic, hellish imagery... and the custom backdrops are integrated so well into the picture it takes a second glance to realize they're not a part of the original game.

But that's all irrelevant -- what makes this movie special is the writing, direction, and characterization. The spiritual struggle between this small preacher and the Prince of Darkness carries an unbelievable weight that grips the viewer on both an emotional and philosophical level. Their dialogue is beautifully written, wonderfully concieved, and the devil's rationale regarding truth, justice, and redemption make him possibly one of the most fascinating characters in TMO history. I would have been happy to just watch these two beings struggle and talk and decieve one another for hours and hours and hours...

This is a true masterpiece in every way. Pomorific!

Posted on April 26, 2006
- kate_lee

A very nicely executed horror drama dialogue piece. VO was superb. I loved the devil�??s voice (and his outfit.) The way backdrops were used was ingenious and editing was top notch. Some logics in this movie did not sit comfortably with me (e.g., loose definitions of truth, question, challenge, etc.), but it was nice to see a TMO movie addressing self-deception. A very compelling dramatic set up as well. Although I wasn�??t quite convinced that the priest had to accept the devil�??s challenge, I wouldn�??t know a way to handle it better. Overall, the concept, VO, visual, and editing conspire together to create wonderfully engrossing atmosphere. Charismatic!

P.S. the thumbnail seems to be misleading.

Posted on April 26, 2006
- 6-HeadedMonster

Once again you created a fine movie. I was entralled in the dialogue, and that means the script was solid and well thought out. Other wise i would have cringed and i'd let you know about it. I loved that you made the devil semm like a normal guy and not all demonlike.

now a little about the style of the movie. I loved the superimposing of the characters on real background. Those backdrops were spectacular. Great subtle music choices.

In Summary this was just a well tought out script executed to perfection. I really enjoy your movies.

Posted on April 26, 2006
- toddyviney

Pure masterpiece!absolutely Amazing! The editing was perfect! On an other note, i wonder what the 16 minute vesion would be like

Posted on April 26, 2006
- StokeStudios

A stunning piece of movie-making! Everything about it was of the highest quality. Great job!

Posted on April 25, 2006
- Dave180786

This was an exalent movie and it deserves a lot more reviews!....you can tell that you put a lot of time and effot into this and it shows although it had a simple plot of asking questions of honesty this is one of the best if not the best movie i've seen here!...it deserves to be no 1 in the top movies!... i felt like i was watching some profesanally made movie on tv!....i liked the vo's i like the storyline i liked every thing about this movie and it deserves more than 5 stars but as that is all i can give....you get full marks from me!

Posted on April 25, 2006
- zilver63

Cool movie. There's more to movies then just action and violence. This is a perfekt example of this. worth more then the 5 stars I'm allowed to give.

And thanks for your review.

Posted on April 24, 2006
- Bezzer36

Joseph, you have a truly incredible gift for writing my friend.
But your talents don't end there.

This was another masterpiece of movie making.

Your editing techniques and visual style are second to none here on TMO and now you can add 'musician' to that ever growing list of talents!

The story itself is another of good vs evil, told in Joseph's unique and absolutely facinating approach with the trademark twist at the end that both shocks and delights.

I'll finish by saying that there is no better story writer here on TMO...full stop!
Highly recommended...and in keeping with my new review stamp policy, congrats Joseph...it's a TASTY BURGER.

Posted on April 24, 2006
- pegleg

Very clever and well written. This is a poetic haunting tale. Works very well in light of the competition. good luck by the way.

Posted on April 24, 2006
- PhantomRaulStudios

Ohhhhh I enjoyed this one start to finish. I don't even want to know how much work went into the visual aspects of this one. Astounding.

Posted on April 24, 2006
- hagent

Joseph another truley awesome story! I hope you get your chance to direct a movie to the big screen one day. Just call me if you need a grunt!

Posted on April 23, 2006
- DJ93

brilliant! 10/10

please rate my movies

Posted on April 23, 2006
- ryanandy

that film was fantastic once again you wowed me joseph
10/10

Posted on April 23, 2006
- Blizzard_2

Wow I liked the custom backdrops! It was a great movie, keep up the good work.

Posted on April 23, 2006
- alfric

superb.........
a welcome return of the devil and his games....
excellent throughout...
great vo and custom work...
and a thought provoking and interesting plot....
another masterclass in moviemaking...

Posted on April 23, 2006
- raptor2006

thought provocing

Posted on April 23, 2006
- Ghettoboy

WHat year do you get the church set.

Posted on April 23, 2006
- derbyrams

Amazing movie!!! This deserves to have more reviews and also to be in the charts and get a hot-pick!!! Honestly, it was that good!!!! I loved it!!!! Amazing backdrops, sets, voice-overs and an amazing story!!!
Hey!!! Do you Spaceman72? Well if you do, can u tell him to check out comedy corner 2!!!!!
Here's the url:
http://movies.lionhead.com/movie/74054
Thnks xxxxx derbyrams

Posted on April 23, 2006
- shepherdqbs

The VOs is great thr story line is great the scenes are also great . It is just great . Nice one !!

Posted on April 23, 2006
- swesuffer

WOW!! realy god! Good VOs and excellent story - Good work!

Posted on April 22, 2006
- heliopolister

Excellent.

Posted on April 22, 2006
- Franklinjake

I can't see somone like you to be over looked on your filming. These films that I have seen up to now he beyond me to say how great you are in story telling. I'm glad that I have booked marked your work up to now. Your films tells great story and you'll do wonderful voice over. I'll shall follow your work. You rock in my book. Keep them coming and I'll keep following your work.

Posted on April 22, 2006
- Malakh7

Excellent VOs and good storyline and excellent editing. Very good use of freezeframe and custom backdrops.

Posted on April 22, 2006
- Ninette1

Top Notch VO, Creepy scenes, outstanding plot, terrific use of sounds and sweet prop use. Five hot stars. I am not even going to complain about the length, which was perfect for this movie. Hope you continue amazing us with this kind of quality work. Impressive, I will start expecting great things!!~ no pressure. :p

~Ninette 1 Studios

Posted on April 22, 2006
- DarkAnubis666

cool movie and awsome set used here! This is a great movie, Also good vo's and Satans VO was creepy. Keep up the awsome work!

Posted on April 22, 2006
- Ville_Valo

oh my god wat an excellent movie! Beautiful story-line and great backgrounds of churches. You are a natural movie-maker! Keep it up.

~Ville_Valo~

Posted on April 22, 2006