Harvey Critic - 27/04


For some churchgoers there is only one thing more satisfying than affording respect to people who are good: and that's honoring those who were less than saintly but who have redeemed themselves. "Woman Thou Art Loosed: The 7th Day" is an almost perfect example.

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Reviewed for Arizona Reporter by Harvey Karten

Grade: B-
Director: Neema Barnette
Screenwriter: Cory Tynan, T.D. Jakes
Cast: Blair Underwood, Sharon Leal, Nicole Beharie, Clyde Jones, Pam Grier, Jaqueline Fleming, T.D. Jakes
Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 3/28/12
Opens: April 13, 2012

The movie, which bears the sectarian ideology of author and televangelist T.D. Jakes (he's the fellow who escorted George W. Bush around New Orleans during the Katrina tragedy in 2005 and is the pastor of the non-denominational Potter's House in Dallas), is about two people who meet this standard. One, David Ames (Blair Underwood), is the Dean of the Humanities Department at Xavier University in New Orleans, while his wife, Kari Ames (Sharon Leal), is a successful real estate agent. When you look at their home, a stunning mansion, really, with about 15 rooms for only three people, you wonder how they came into this kind of money. Surely they don't pay professors that much, so his wife must be an extraordinarily successful realtor. But that's just one of the less-than-believable points of Neema Barnette's feature.

Man, wife, and small child Mikayla (Zoe Carter) go to church on Sunday to hear booming sermons by T.D. Jakes-who emphasizes the power of forgiveness. But the adults are flawed characters who have violated several of the Ten Commandments. They're living the good life-he gives lectures about the human condition, asking (as a way of foreshadowing) whether a human being's change also changes the human condition. He and she cuddle and snuggle as they pursue the advantages of the haute bourgeois. Life changes when their little girl is kidnapped, an event that gives the film its melodramatic flourishes and, more important, puts the Ames' marriage in crisis. When the police and FBI investigation reveals that Kari is not the woman she has claimed to be and that Kari is not even her birth name, the couple are on the road to splitsville except that Preacher Jakes, who wrote the script with Cory Tynan, is going to show us that healing and forgiveness are on the way.

Blair Underwood in the lead role is a strikingly handsome African-American performer, which makes us wonder why his wife might even consider falling for Nicoye Banks as Special Agent Wil Bennett-who in one of the movie's coincidences turns out to have been a classmate of Kari way back when. Also among the beautiful people, Nicole Beharie stands in as Beth Hutchins, the adorable graduate assistant who marks Professor Ames' class papers and engages in one of the school's more pleasant and dangerous extra-curricular activities. Among the less handsome performers, Pam Grief inhabits the role of Detective Barrick, who is not above slamming scuzzy men against the wall, men who are too intimidated and overpowered to offer any resistance.

The story is loaded with creepy people-pimps, whores, pervs- all of whom wait their turns to be slammed against walls by Detective Barrick. The movie is also a follow-up to Michael Schultz's 2004 project "Woman Thou Art Loosed," with similar themes. In that incarnation Kimberley Elise's persona is on death row, a woman who like Kari Ames in the current movie was raped as a child. Neema Barnette's direction is not too different from what we find on TV law and order programs, this tale being one of those races against time since the serial kidnapper kills his victims on the sixth day following the abductions. Perhaps you can think why this is so.

Rated PG-13 107 minutes. © 2011 by Harvey Karten Member: NY Film Critics Online.

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