Priceless tells a story that needs to be told.
for KING & COUNTRY lead singer Joel Smallbone stars in the film as James Stevens, a man who is currently on the wrong path after he wife recently passed away and custody of his daughter was taken away. Because of all this, he’s not even sure what he’s doing — and he doesn’t care what he’s transporting, as long as it’s not drugs — at his current job.
Little does he know, however, that the “goods” he’s transporting in the back of his truck is two young women to be sold into the sex slavery system.
Human trafficking is something that is a large problem in today’s society, but Priceless is one of the first films to address this issue.
Once James figures out what is going on in that he’s “delivering” two young men to sex traffickers, he realizes what he has to do, and he fights to get the two women back, no matter the cost.
James was living a story that he wasn’t supposed to be, but he realizes what’s important in his life again, and he starts to get his story back on track. He realizes that these two women’s lives are much more important than whatever cash he made from the trip. He realizes they are “priceless” (while for KING&COUNTRY’S song “Priceless” unashamedly plays in the background).
Bianca Santos plays Antonia, and, along with Smallbone, delivers a good performance as one of the women who is unknowingly sold into human trafficking.
To be honest, most Christian-based films fall far behind in the acting and cinematography categories. They have heart, which Priceless does as well, but Priceless succeeds in its message, heart, and its technical aspects. Staying in the family, Smallbone’s younger brother Ben is the feature director for the film.
I was pleasantly surprised, since I’ve seen many a Christian-based film to fall quite short in the technical area and, despite the important message it seeks to portray, seems cheaply done, which is distracting.
If a viewer was to judge Priceless strictly based on overall film quality, it would not rank as one of the best films of the year, by far. However, it does rank as one of the best Christian films, blazing new territory and providing a higher expectation for the genre.
Although Priceless does have some beautiful scenes cinematography-wise, its best quality is the message it brings to light. It shows that just because someone may be currently living in the wrong story, that does not mean they can’t overcome that and get back on the story they’re supposed to be on. It also talks about human trafficking in a very powerful, emotional way that speaks to audience members in a way that has not been done before.
Overall, Priceless is a worthwhile film to see, especially because of the message it shares. However, it’s engaging also and is well done enough to not be distracting.
Next week, we’ll take a look at Chariots of Fire. This 1981 British historical drama is probably considered the best “Christian” film of all time and stars Ben Cross as Harold Abrahams and Ian Charleson as Eric Liddell.
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