GOD’S NOT DEAD (Theatrical Release USA 2014)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.3|5.0 Stars ììì

God’s Not Dead follows the typical Christian flick format—challenged in message, content, and scripting. Because of the lack of professionalism, its message weakens and scatters without hitting the intended target well. The film needs strengthening on every level for superior delivery. But, no one can deny the heartfelt attempt and it does make several points well.  It performed outstandingly well in box office, earning $30 for every dollar spent in production. Some specific challenges are: over-dramatization, lack of tolerance for religious choices (on all sides), and lack of balance between message and entertainment.  The basic message of the movie appears to be: One needs to believe in something larger than oneself or nothing will be right in one’s life and a general underlying theme that a verbal statement of belief in Jesus Christ will get one to that rightness. Despite its challenges, the film has watch-ability value. There is a ‘walk-away’ educational value to the film that makes it worth the time and money spent. 

Storyline

Arguments are presented that God is not dead. The film equates Jesus Christ as God.


Additional Thanks

Good Work for Director Harold Cronk. Thank you to Executive Producers Troy Duhon, Elizabeth Hatcher-Travis, and Robert Katz for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo), Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), Reverend Dave (David A. R. White), Marc Shelley (Dean Cain), and Martin Yip (Paul Kwo).



Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It would have been wonderful to have seen this debated on a more professional platform that followed a structured debate pattern.

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