‘Unstoppable’ Review: Kirk Cameron discusses Faith, Hope and Love to understand God’s nature
Kirk Cameron introduced his latest live event through Fathom, Unstoppable, at Liberty University to a massive crowd, 700 movie theaters and over 100,000 viewers. Cameron’s message was very personal, motivated by the death of a close friend’s teenage son, and challenged even the strongest Christians to answer “Where is God when you are in the middle of the tragedy?”
Confessing that the suffering in the world, the loss of life and death of children all bring us to our knees to ask God: “Where are you?”
Not answering this question is one that can destroy the bond with God, drive people to atheism or worst.
Cameron’s intro included tear-jerking testimonies from Vietnam vet Tim Lee, who lost both of his legs when we stepped on a landmine. Lee recounts his surgeries, feeling distant from God, but said “Life is stronger than death and life won out.”
“How can you stop a man who won’t quit?” Lee asked, describing the message from some Georgia teens, as he now travels America as a evangelist, preaching the gospel. (Tim Lee Ministries)
It was Charles Woods next.
The proud father of Tyrone Woods, one of the fallen heroes from the Benghazi attack, quoted scriptures of encouragement and stories centered on a God of love and his sovereign power over everything.
Mandisa performed her hit song “You’re an Overcomer” and Warren Barfield sang his song from Unstoppable: “The Time is Now.”
Audiences may have been content and happy to have left after the pre-show, but that was just the introduction.
Cameron’s Unstoppable recounts the Bible, the Creation story, the fall of Adam, the murder of Abel and the flood to question the audience member’s understanding of God.
The question “Why doesn’t God heal if He’s good…where is He?” still resonated through the film as Cameron explores this “Faith wrecking question” (if left unaddressed.)
Moved by the death of Matthew Sandgren, Cameron journeys to the funeral, hugs the family and expresses his pain through his story.
“People don’t want to hear about death,” Cameron stated while discussing the flood story, yet the audience was not invested in this exploration.
Unlike the response to a child in the Christian film Courageous, Unstoppable doesn’t seek out survival skills or a reason to carry on, but rather an understanding of an omnipotent God who works through horrible and tragic events, as documented in the Bible, to deliver mercy, grace, love and everlasting hope.
HuffPo described the film as a “One Hour Sermon” and that isn’t unfair.
The film’s target audience is Bible believing Christians who will ask these questions as tragedy lands on their doorstep.
Unstoppable doesn’t offer much appeal to the atheist or the skeptic as it relies on the truths of scripture to connect with Cameron’s earnest faith and emotions.
While some may come away discussing the rib scene at Eve’s creation, the brutal murder of Abel or the hysterical movie pitch of “The Flood,” the audience will likely seek out Unstoppable for a viewing when tragedy knocks on their door.
Overall Unstoppable receives 2 ½ stars out of 5
For Bible believing Christians, add one star and if you are seeking comfort or battling some tragedy in your life, add 1 ½.
The official website for Unstoppable: http://unstoppablethemovie.com/
Response was so strong for the early showing, an encore screening is schedule for October 3, so get tickets through Fathom HERE