Both a prequel and a sequel to 2007’s inspirational theatrical bomb (but DVD hit) “The Ultimate Gift,” “The Ultimate Life” once again soft-pedals gentle messages of Christian charity and family values destined to appeal strictly to the converted. displays great determination, and even more folly, in his attempt to mount a “Giant”-sized family saga with the production values of “Sharknado.” Terminally dull result faces grim theatrical prospects on its way to endless Hallmark Channel reruns, where it will challenge even the most forgiving viewers to stay awake and alert throughout.
Picking up three years after the events of “Gift,” busy young mogul Jason Stevens (Logan Bartholomew, taking over for Drew Fuller) has hit a rough patch with g.f.
It’s only once the unapologetically greedy Red has selfishly amassed his own wealth (by stepping on or exploiting an untold number of “sheep” in the process), that he realizes he’s lost his soul.
So he promptly buys it back by creating a “foundation” for generically altruistic purposes.
Struggling to make ends meet during the Depression, Red learns a valuable Ayn Randian lesson from a wealthy land owner (Peter Fonda, onscreen for about three minutes): Most people are sheep, while successful men are bellwethers. Drew Waters, Austin James, Logan Bartholomew, Abigail Mavity, Ali Hillis, Jack De Pew, Bechir Sylvain, Elizabeth Ann Bennett, Bill Cobbs, Peter Fonda, Brett Rice, Lee Meriwether, David Mann, James Garner.At least the narrative sloppiness and ineptly delivered themes in the script by Brian Bird and Lisa G. Shillingburg (freely adapted from the novel by Jim Stovall) feel of a piece with the entire production. He’s like Daniel Plainview, only whinier and less homicidal.Meanwhile, Hanna (now played by Elizabeth Ann Bennett) inexplicably loses her spark and fades into the background to care for the couple’s four interchangeable children as any dutiful wife (apparently) should.
A High Top Releasing release of a Rick Eldridge production in association with Reel Works Studios.