If there is one common thread throughout the Christian film industry from both consumers and film makers it's that Christian movies suck. Part of the problem that I see is that Christian film makers are scared to travel into new territory, worried that the gatekeepers who deliver their sanitized fare to the bleached masses will condemn their "edgy" film to some blacklisted purgatory. The result being that we get a whole bunch of recycled story types. We'll call the the Christian Movie Cliche.
The End Times Persecution Film
Sometime in the near future Christianity has become outlawed in the United States forcing the church underground. When some secret Christians are discovered and their parents/pastor are captured by the government they are forced to flee and hid out in the woods/ghetto/storm drain behind the directors house. There is always a "weak" one in the group who is not a "real" Christian but who gets saved as a result of their crisis. Bonus points if one of the Government soldiers gets saved too.
The Fantasy Allegory
the Lord of the Rings and Narnia films are great. You and your friends running around in the forest with your Renaissance fair costumes whacking each other with toy swords while the "director" chases you with his flip camera is not.
More to come...
I am a screenwriter and a story teller. Jesus related to the culture of the day through simple stories that illustrated God's kingdom principles. My passion is to follow his example.