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Journey to Paradise

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Rating: 3.0/5 (1 vote cast)

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Some beautiful scenery in this Christian film. Loved the Christmas song “Keep the Christ in Christmas” is the name of it I believe. This had some thought provoking parts in it, especially about Christmas time but I can’t share it because it would be a spoiler. You’ll have to watch it to find out. It made a lot of sense.

Film Synopsis:

Lucy Collins has given up on Christmas since the painful break-up with her fiancé. Things only get worse when a large TV news station is about to come to town and threatens the livelihood of their family-run business, Paradise TV 7. At the staff Christmas party, she makes a wish and what seems like the answer to her prayer walks in the front door to apply for the associate producer position, which they are hoping will bring new life to the station.

Not only is Joe McNamara a genius when it comes to producing a story, but he is also gifted with ideas about keeping the news station afloat. However, Joe has a secret of his own that he is keeping from Lucy. If she finds it out, then what looks like a promising relationship will unravel, but it is Christmas time, the season of rebirth and miracles.

Will the spirit of celebration be enough to heal two hearts? Or will the reality of deception make this the worst Christmas of all?

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  • Hannah Fager ~~~ Lucy Collins
  • Len Gordon ~~~ Abe
  • Daniel Koester ~~~ Mike Collins
  • Matt Koester ~~~ Joe McNamara
  • Rachael Lau ~~~ Monica
  • Jan Mary Nelson ~~~ Lila Williams
  • Richter Rick ~~~ Harold Collins
  • Roseann Fasi ~~~ Margaret
  • Rachel Williams ~~~ Angela
  • Jocelyn Dawson ~~~ Carol
  • Jake Warnecke ~~~ Derek
Contact Person: Frank R. Datzer
Phone: 414-467-6787
Website: Film/Company Website
Email: Email Contact
Journey to Paradise, 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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  1. Terri Buxani says
    12 December 10, 5:45pm

    I loved the movie. It has a great storyline. It has mystery, romance and some really good comedy put in just the right places. If you like a feel good movie with some surprises, you will like this film.

  2. 14 December 10, 7:08pm

    Journey to Paradise features the kind of story I only wish I could see more of – both in movie theaters and on television. The simple beauty of Christain faith, the profound truth of God’s grace, make this movie shine. There are struggles – which will always a part of our human endeavor, but this movie demonstrates the kind of love that sees us through – both in human form, and in the form of God’s mercy and salvation.

    In particular, Joe and Lucy’s walk through Paradise is a beautifully filmed sequence, with a great accompanying score, and great chemistry between the actors. That scene, within the context of the entire movie, felt wonderfully authentic.

    Kudos to the cast and crew and producers of Journey to Paradise! I can’t wait for what’s next – just, please make it soon. We need much more entertainment like this!


  3. 05 January 11, 6:10pm

    On Christmas Eve, I had gone to watch the newest Narnia movie. The shock and awe cinematography and special effects in that film were still indelibly etched in my memory banks the next day as I beheld the obviously small budget film from Salty Earth. It was impossible not to make a comparison between the senses scintillating scenes in The Dawn Treader with the plain Jane look of Journey to Paradise as the opening scene unfolded on the main street of the small community of Paradise. My heart sank because I didn’t want this movie to be a clunker.

    The action then flashed back a week into the past, and the story began to share with the viewers the events that led up to the dramatic conflict that director and screen writer Steven Zambo used to try to grab people’s attention in the opening. It was toward the end of the movie that the present and the past merged at the onscreen fight between the antagonists. At that point the story moved on to catharsis and resolution, as all happy endings must. The movie followed the book quite closely, though it deviated sharply in one aspect. The original story took place at a small local newspaper, whereas the film version upgraded the Collins’ family business to a small television station named Paradise Seven. That change did not detract from the story. The mystery concerning the identity and motive of Joe McNamara, who didn’t just coincidentally drop into the TV studio to win a job and the heart of the owner’s daughter, was not only preserved but enhanced by strategic scenes of flashback and use of a DVD player.

    Like the cinematography, the acting was a notch below the typical fare from Hollywood. This is something to be expected since the entire budget for this film is probably lower than the salary paid to a single middle tier star for one movie. Overall the ambience reminded me of a soap opera or perhaps a television show from the fifties. The absence of major conflict in this movie gave it a feel of Leave It to Beaver. One member of the cast did stand out to me. Matt Koester as the boy wonder was excellent. His boyish good looks and ability to ooze passion and compassion reminded me of one of my favorites, Jim Caviezel. The rest of the cast grew on me as the movie progressed.

    Hollywood movies normally have a bigger than life feeling to them. The acting typically exaggerates real life. Watching a movie where the characters seem like everyday family and friends might seem a bit on the boring side. We usually want to escape from our daily mundane existence to something bigger and more exciting. This story didn’t provide that escape from real life. Perhaps that is a good thing. We sometimes consider our own lives bereft of excitement and of little significance. We muddle through life with the mistaken notion that life is comprised of many meaningless moments with a few blockbuster events thrown in. Somehow we miss the fact that in the small challenges we face every day to fight the good fight and run the good race lies the essence of life. In addition many fail to perceive that without God in the equation, the pursuits of the common man are indeed trivial.

    As a lover of small communities and a big advocate of family owned businesses, I found that the threat of a big city chain putting Paradise Seven out of business in this flick heightened the stakes. Also I’m always a sucker for a good romance, and this story fit the bill. This was not just a sanitized fluffy love story where profanity and sex are conspicuous by their absence. This movie contains a Christian message which was not kept subliminal. There was not a lot of mention of Christ, but the small segments that bring the gospel and the Bible to light emphasized nicely the importance of embracing Jesus Christ. A couple of scenes showcased the Bible as a prominent focal point.

    So despite a less than auspicious opening and only a modicum of conflict, the ingredient which characteristically makes a movie memorable, this movie burrowed its way into my heart. In comparing this flick to The Dawn Treader, I found that I liked these movies about equally but in different ways. Journey to Paradise is definitely a movie suitable for family viewing, though modern kids may have trouble getting into it. In my heart I would wish that movies like this would help turn back the clock and return our society to a kinder and gentler time when themes of true love and family prevailed. But I’m convinced that will never happen. Instead movie studios like Salty Earth are needed to help shine a light into the darkness that threatens to engulf our world. These types of movies will be instrumental in taking the gospel to all nations on Earth and then the end will come.

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