“My Name Is Paul” review

Posted: September 21, 2012 in Film Review
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My Name is Paul” is a 19-minute film version of the story of the Apostle Paul, set in modern times, written/produced by Vanessa Ore and directed by Trey Ore. It is a hard-hitting film for the PG13 crowd, and from the time of the first killing in the opening scene, one notices the attention to detail the filmmakers took in making the film. The story revolves around Paul Cambio, a brutal interrogator with a penchant for blood, whose job is to track down and kill the members of a religious cult called The Way. But God has other ideas for him, and following an automobile crash, Paul is blinded, found, and forced into the care of the very religious cult he has been persecuting.
There are strong performances all around, especially Christopher Houldsworth as Paul, Tim Ross as Professor Anan, and a wonderful supporting performance by Davis Osborne (playing one of Paul’s interrogation victims) who commands attention and interest for his few minutes on screen.
The music is fantastic. Every time I hear the work of Jurgen Beck I am impressed. He knows how to derive the right emotion for each scene. His work is interesting and powerful, and he is able to delve into various types of music – whatever is needed for the emotional impact of the scene, never overpowering. Jurgen Beck is quickly becoming one of the best composers in the film industry. You can find out more about his work at www.jurgenbeck.com. I encourage you to check it out and listen to some of his compositions.
My Name is Paul” works the Special Effects Department well, too, and I was impressed how they shot the automobile crash and following aftermath. And the sets are, again, well worth noting for the attention to detail. I particularly liked The Way’s camp, but all the sets looked great. Because of all this detail, I was disappointed by the Voice of God effect: it just doesn’t sound authentic, but sounds more like a voiceover. Speaking of voiceovers, I could have done without Paul’s voiceover in the car: the strong performance and effective cinematography aptly conveyed the necessary emotion and information.
What is the biggest downfall of “My Name Is Paul?” I wanted more: more backstory, more details, and more movie. It made the ending seem somewhat choppy and rather rushed. I really wanted to get to know more about these characters and find out how they landed where they did, and what the future might hold. But all this is for the good, because the film is being made into a feature, set to be shot in 2013. So the filmmakers do have more in mind and more in store for us. It will be nice to see what they come up with for us. “My Name Is Paul” is currently available online at the website, and it is well worth checking out.

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