"Camp," a faith-based drama inspired by actual stories from camps for abused and neglected children, has its heart squarely in the right place.
Unfortunately, writer-director Jacob Roebuck, a former volunteer at one of the country's many Royal Family Kids camps, takes such a bland approach that the film, though nicely performed, rarely builds into the kind of gripping emotional journey it clearly intended.
The movie involves Porsche-driving, cellphone-fixated investment adviser Ken (Michael Mattera), who, to impress a wealthy potential client, agrees to spend a week as a counselor at a bucolic camp for mistreated kids.
In yet another cinematic case of the self-absorbed hipster thrust into a life-changing parental role, Ken is paired with - and pitted against - Eli (Miles Elliot), a surly 10-year-old camper with a cruel, recently OD'd mother and violent, estranged father.
How the fish-out-of-water Ken and the imploding Eli navigate their relationship follows a believable, predictable course .
Less successful are attempts to flesh out the camp's other troubled kids.