Island of Grace is more or less a twist on Lost and every story ever written about plane crashes and island rescues. This movie is anything but grand and brings out all the Christian sentiments impressed onto Robinson Crusoe. However, it does have a modern plot, so to speak. Three co-workers crash on a deserted island and have to depend on each other for survival. However, only Chris (Samuel Potts), a newborn Christian and the brains of the trio, seems to have any practical ideas on how to get off the island. His best friend Megan (Jaycee Lynn) is in the midst of her own problems—keeping her Christian beliefs “in the closet” and trying to impress their snobby boss (Matthew Davis, a.k.a. Matthew Reese). The characters are intriguing, if slightly underdeveloped; a lazy tyrant who likes to order people around and jump from woman to woman, a confused and ambiguous young woman, and a clever (albeit secretly lovesick) “geek” contribute to an interesting survival theme. However, it’s how the characters cope with their new situation that is the most captivating, not their personal relationships.
To be honest, Island of Grace is too melodramatic in the romance subject area. Chris has the most developed personality; with set opinions and a creative mind, he keeps the threesome from transforming into horrendous reality show participants. Megan, on the other hand, is supposed to be the center of the movie but only makes this retelling of Robinson Crusoe even more ironic than it already is. Her temperament is strangled by her attitude and her naïveté when it comes to her deceptive boss and potential love interest—this female character should have been able to recognize a womanizer for what he was when there were only three people in total (including herself) on the island. Island of Grace has a Hawaiian vacation experience and solitary confinement theme, not to mention a classic “separation from society” image invested in the entire storyline. However, this Christian bedtime story doesn’t have any emotional balance and its focus is strained (surprisingly) by not choosing which of the three main characters is the most important. Nevertheless, the climax is impressive in its own way and strangely reminds all viewers of their true obligations in life.
Island of Grace is available upon request on DVD wherever movies are sold in Fresno and online; it also can be rented for free from local libraries.