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The dream is straightforward. Attend college for four years and graduate with a degree that will let you go directly into the career of your dreams. Or, if you have an especially ambitious goal, maybe you go to graduate school and then proceed to your fantastic career. Reality, however, is often quite different than the dream.
For many college grads, the transition into “real” life is not so simple. Some do not find employment at all, and others discover that their dream jobs are not as expected. This Is Our Time tells the story of five college friends who are smacked with this taste of reality as soon as they graduate.
Ethan has the biggest shock of the group, when his plans to attend graduate school are destroyed by rejection. Placed on a waiting list for one school, Ethan finds himself in limbo. Working as a server at his dad’s restaurant is the depressing sinkhole for his college education.
Meanwhile, he has to watch his friends enjoy immediate success. Ryder and Catherine dive into ideal jobs fresh out of school, while Luke and Alexandria, a newly married couple, seem to have the most ordained path into post-college life. They already have their destination and funds in place to follow their passion for missions overseas.
While Ethan is supportive of Alexandria and Luke, he has a hard time stomaching their strong sense of purpose and ability to do what they want. It doesn’t help that Alexandria is Ethan’s overachieving sister, whom their father sees as a greater success than his disappointing son.
Then reality hits for everyone. In the wake of a devastating tragedy, the friends’ world seems to be crumbling around them. The jobs that seemed so ideal turn out to have unexpected problems, dreams are shattered, and lives are destroyed. In order to survive, these college friends will have to turn to the God who unites them, finding their hope and purpose in Him.
Though attached to the Pure Flix production company name, This Is Our Time does not fully reflect the high production values usually demonstrated in Pure Flix films. The acting, in particular, is weak in this picture. That said, none of the actors are poor enough in their skills to jeopardize enjoyment of the film and they rise to the occasion of crucial scenes. The cinematography and staging also lack polish, but are of serviceable quality.
This Is Our Time, however, manages to overcome these obstacles with a compelling story at its core. The tale is a realistic portrayal of young adults grappling with who they are and who God is in the midst of confusing times and tragedy.
This film is not afraid to depict the doubts and pain that even Christians can experience when faced with great loss. Through a moving tale, This Is Our Time proclaims the truth that God is in control of everyone’s lives and has a purpose for all.