Thomas and Jen are about to have their baby. An exciting time for most any family, established or not. A child, especially a first child, cements the fact that a family will continue past the lives of the parents. Bar any catastrophe. Be it a girl or a boy, in one way or another the lineage continues and for Tom and Jen, the addition of their baby Liam constitutes exciting times.
Due to an occurrence just before Jen gives birth, Tom just misses the actual introduction of Liam into the world. Once he is brought the baby however, things get uncomfortable quickly. Liam is black, and both Jen and Tom are white. Jen immediately goes to work assuring Tom that the baby is his - that it couldn't be anyone from anyone else. Even, a short time later offering to get a paternity test done on Liam. Tom at that moment, says he's not interested. He trusts his wife and that's all that matters. But Tom is human and in saying so, susceptible to the full range of human emotions and flaws. Almost immediately he begins researching genetics and at the office? All Tom's coworkers and Jen's peers think something must be up. Did I mention Tom's best friend is black? And so begins the excellent drama that is "Doubting Thomas" where fear and gossip reign supreme. Jealousy replaces friendship and all hell breaks loose. How does it all end? You'll have to see for yourself but from me to you, this film is highly recommended.
I'll be steering clear of my usual technical breakdown. Why? Because this film looks and sounds great. It's paced excellently and just glides from start to finish. Clearly some real talent was utilized during production and post-production. Excellent work. But I have to say, "Doubting Thomas" really shines in the acting department. Our leads Tom and Jen, portrayed by Will McFadden and Sarah Butler, come across perfectly on screen. The love, the fear, and anger all unfold perfectly and I can't think of any moment that I didn't fully believe what I was watching. It doesn't end there however, even Tom's best friend Ron, played by Jamie Hector felt incredibly real, perfectly potent.
The real treat of this film though lays in the supporting characters. We all expect the leads to know what they're doing, but many times the supporting or background characters can knock a film down a peg or two. Not here. Everyone hits their mark and whoever cast this film did an excellent job.
At the end of the day, "Doubting Thomas" is simply great entertainment coming from a great script. Complete with an excellent troupe of actors and some excellent curve-balls thrown into the mix. Using the baby as a springboard, "Doubting Thomas" explores a lot of other aspects of relationships, and what it means to be human. Will McFadden has traversed that huge divide from a four-star, to four and a half star review and nothing else that I could write, will actually do this film any justice. Thumbs up and highly recommended. If you like the genre, give this film a go. Four and a half stars.