‘God’s Not Dead’ Review: Strong cast, Apologetics pave the way for message on free will
“Contrived arguments,” “attacks on non-Christians” or “tragic propaganda” are the buzzwords filling hollow reviews of God’s Not Dead where the reviewers are obsessed with the debate rather than the film itself. IMDB scores the film right in the middle as most users score the film as a “10” or a “1” – neither of which are true.
The film follows several subplots examining questions of faith as the main attraction is a debate over the existence of God.
Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda) and Shane Harper (Good Luck Charlie) play the atheist college professor and student set to dual over the existence of God. Harper refuses a written and signed statement that “God is dead,” and the debate is set in motion.
While this premise is indeed “contrived,” the intellectual elites on college campuses aggressively attacking Christianity and the existence of God is a serious matter. Even Stephen Hawking is called out with other scientists passing off string theory and a multiverse theory as facts.
Director Harold Cronk and the writers also chose to add several characters facing life’s challenges to portray a loss of faith and give examples of salvation stories: An animal loving secularist proclaims she has “no hope” when she discovers she has cancer, a Chinese student discovers a challenging discussion on a Creator, a corporate “big wig” feels like he doesn’t need God because his life is so good and a pastor who doesn’t like his work matters.
The Muslim father responding aggressively to his daughter’s conversion to Christ is a topic that feels uneasy because it’s set in America, yet the girl would be murdered in several Islamic countries for her decision.
Filmmakers should also receive a lot of credit for avoiding the Hollywood cliches in some ways: the boy doesn’t get the girl, people die spontaneously and sometimes there is no end to the man’s journey.
Obviously God’s Not Dead is speaking to the choir, but targets nicely many of reasons people turn away from God. The major issues with the film are technical (continuity and editing) but reviewers fail to set aside their personal opinions to even notice.
The supporting cast does a fine job here and the film will live on in Christian circles as a ministry and education tool.
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God’s Not Dead earns 3 1/2 stars out of 5
Add a star if you are already a fan of Apologetics or need a boost in the Creationism vs Science discussion.
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