The Shift Movie Review

Set in a future society, The Shift depicts the narrative of the biblical character Job. Kristoffer Polaha plays Kevin Garner, and Neal McDonough is a devilish man, known as the Benefactor. Yes, that man from the TV series Suits with the icy blue eyes who portrayed Sean Cahill is the villain in this movie.

Kevin, a financial advisor, leaves his house early one morning to go to work. At work he is reprimanded by his supervisor, gets fired, and is having a phone argument with his wife on the way home when a car strikes the side of his vehicle, nearly killing him. Fortunately, he is rescued from the wreck. But his rescuer is none other than the benefactor, a shifter.

The Benefactor brings a shaken Kevin to a restaurant, where he informs him that the woman, he argued with was a double of his wife, and that the deviator—a gold bracelet worn by shifters, —can take you to another reality and that he had transported Kevin to another reality.

Confused, the benefactor offers Kevin the opportunity to change his dull boring life with his wife and come and work for him as a shifter. Demonstrating his power, the benefactor chooses Tina, a timid waitress and shifts her in front of Kevin, who seeing this, now wants nothing to do with him. Fearing the worst and thinking only of his family, Kevin prays as if he was on fire, whilst the benefactor screams at him to stop. Moments later all is well, and the benefactor has all but disappeared.

Although there is a large and enthusiastic audience for dystopian and science fiction films, storyline and direction are crucial. If this film had been a TV series, it would have been what it always wanted to be and accomplished much more. In parts of this movie, there is too much happening too quickly for the audience to fully process in a scene.

Five years later there’s a civil war, artificial intelligence has taken the role of police, food is in short supply, and the water is tainted. Now, Kevin finds himself in a dystopian world, living a nightmare. He is like Job in the bible. He has lost everything. His wife, child, home, money and status.

Kevin’s best friend is Gabriel, who is portrayed by Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin. Since scripture in written book form is prohibited, Kevin consistently takes the time to write the text for Gabriel from memory.

In one scene Kevin’s is reminiscing about his lost family to his Gabriel who mocks him, telling him that he should forget about his wife and son and focus on what is going on around him, especially as they have been missing for five years

Kevin does have a lot to say, but not much of it sticks in your memory. He constantly talks about finding his wife to anybody who would listen.

Disregarding his friend’s advice, he embarks on a determined quest to find his wife and child, striving to reclaim the life he once knew. Throughout this journey, he finds himself relentlessly pursued by the benefactor who without mercy is hell bent on persuading him to become one of his shifters.

The director and producers clearly had a specific vision for the movie, but it fell short of achieving its intended impact. Observing Kevin’s transitions from a desert to a mental institution where Tina is a patient, then to a Hugh Hefner-like character’s home, and back to a group of friends was confusing. The lack of a clear connection and understanding behind these shifts left me perplexed, wondering, “What’s happening here?

This movie’s problem isn’t a lack of funding; rather, it’s a script and editing decision that might have prevented the actor from fully inhabiting the part. Despite being a retelling of the narrative of Job, which will appeal to fans of faith-based films, the movie had the potential to be a compelling and widely appealing production with some adjustments.

There is one thing that Kevin Garner and John Wick have in common. They are both on a mission. Kevin is searching for his family, John for the people that killed his beloved dog and stole his 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429. Whilst the story of John’s search for a man is with twists and turns it is a straight forward story and easy to follow, not so for the Shift, which I guess will not achieve anywhere near the box office success of Journey To Freedom.

Kevin Garner and John Wick share one thing in common. Each of them is on a quest. While John looks for the culprits who killed his cherished dog and took his 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, Kevin is looking for his family. While John’s story of his hunt for a man is complex and full of turns, it is straightforward and easy to follow. This is not the case for the Shift, which will not be nearly as successful at the box office as Journey to Freedom.

Does Kevin win the race against time to get back his family and his son or does the benefactor determine the outcome of Kevin’s future

The Shift is distributed by Angel Studios who also brought the box office hit Journey To Freedom to the screens. This story of a man who, like Job, never gave up, never lost hope, and perseveres until the very end.

If you want to find, watch the movie which on released in cinemas across the UK.

Rating 12A

Production Nook Lane Entertainment, Pinnacle Peak Pictures and Salt Shaker Media

Cast Neal McDonough, Kristoffer Polaha, Elizabeth Tabish, Sean Astin, John Billingsley, Paras Patel, Jason Marsden.

Written by Roney Henderson

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