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Does time exist when nothing changes? That is the question for the picturesque Village of Rockwell, where time has frozen. Nobody gets sick; nobody ages, and nobody dies due to a tragic bus crash that took the lives of the 1977 undefeated Rockwell High School Basketball Team.
A Faustian Bargain where the people are never limited by time, never shadows of their former selves; yet somehow, everyone lives unhappily ever after - that is until a mysterious boy with a sordid past, Hawk Kodiak, comes to town and the hands of time move forward, because of all things, a basketball.
But with change comes fear and with fear comes resistance. As a simple sneeze turns into a cold; a disagreement turns into violence; and violence turns into death; the good people of Rockwell discover that time waits for no one.
I was really looking forward to seeing "God Don't Make the Laws" after reading the synopsis about it a while back. It seems as though it could have both a supernatural and spiritual feel to it and I can now happily say that it does indeed contain both. The film was done on an estimated budget of $190,000 but it certainly looks better than you might expect but you have to remember the fact that the film was made on the cheap so it does have its flaws due to the restrictions. Story wise the film is slow moving but it is engaging and filled with mystery about why time stood still for everyone in the town for 17 years and why all of a sudden that all changed when this young stranger came to town. Was he an angel the devil or something completely different? Regardless of whom or what he was he certainly changed everything and everyone which seems to have been the goal to start with.
The story is slow moving but the events and characters keep you glue to the screen as you wait to find out more about this town. The story offers a lot of questions during its run time, as I sat there watching the film I was hoping that at some point there would be a pay off, a moment when everything comes together and it is all explained. As the film neared its end i was beginning to think it was going to be left open. I figured it would be like so many films before it where the end is never explained and it's up to the audience to come to their own conclusions. I really did not want that for this film, I sat there for its entirety and I wanted, expected the ending that I hoped for. And then it happened, well at least most of the answers were given and the main one that I was wondering about for the films final minutes was finally given an end to and all I can say is that it was a terrific way to end this thought-provoking, engaging Indie film.
The weak spots I talk about in the beginning of this review pertains more to the production and some of the cast which were not as strong as others but in the end none of that really seemed to matter. "God Don't Make the Laws" is an original, captivating story that sucks the audience in right from the start. I highly recommend picking this up and having patience with the film because in the end you will be rewarded and you will be glad you got to experience the film.
Available on DVD, you can order it HERE.
Released by Green Apple Entertainment
**** Out Of *****