I am not sure how this is supposed to play, and the trailer is a bit too revealing at times. That being said, I have to admit that I am fascinated. Forrest Whittaker – who was for the most part wasted in Kim Jee-Woon’s “The Last Stand” – plays Angel Sanchez, who comes to rely on the advice of celebrated life coach Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie), whom he kidnaps.
If it plays satirically, for instance using the feel-good talk that is the stock and trade of life coaches against them, then things could be really interesting.
If it takes itself too seriously, then maybe not.
Another reason that I am interested is that “Repentance” comes from Codeblack, a division of Lionsgate that specializes in films directed at an African-American audience. From the look of it it appears that the budget is significantly higher than other Codeblack projects.
If Tyler Perry has shown us anything, it’s that there is money to be made in that market, though I suspect that Codeblack has aspirations of reaching beyond it.