Movie Review: God’s Not Dead

God's Not Dead

 

 

This week, my teenage daughters and I attended an advanced movie screening of God’s Not Dead. Released by Pure Flix Entertainment and filmed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the movie will open in theaters on March 21st. If you haven’t seen the trailer, here is the official version.

 

The movie is based on Rice Broocks’ book, God’s Not Dead: Evidence of God In An Age of Uncertainty, which was written to equip believers with a real and credible faith–and the ability to defend its most basic tenets. In a short prequel to the movie (which may have been shown only to preview audiences), Broocks states that Christians, especially those on college campuses, must be equipped with knowledge of and answers to their faith.  The movie’s plot paints a very realistic scenario that can and likely does occur on college campuses on a regular basis.

The movie centers around freshman college student Josh Wheaton. In Josh’s first day of Philosophy 150 (required for his pre-law degree), the atheist professor condescendingly demands that the students write “God Is Dead” on a sheet of paper and turn it in to be assured of  a passing grade. The professor advises the class that a unanimous vote to “dispense with the God myth” and move on to higher level thinking will be in everyone’s best interest. Every student in the class, except Josh, acquiesces and turns in a sheet declaring that God Is Dead.

Indignant that Josh refuses, the professor tells him that in order to pass the class, he must prove God’s existence. The audience that Josh must convince? His fellow classmates–all of whom have already declared that”God is dead.”

Josh is one of several characters in the movie whose beliefs about God are put to the test. Each character, although in varying circumstances, faces a choice–not only to believe or not to believe, but to follow, or not to follow. This movie paints a dramatic portrait of each character and gives viewers not only stellar entertainment, but a call to examine their own beliefs and level of commitment to those beliefs.

Both of my daughters loved the movie and cannot wait to see it again when it hits theaters in March. An appearance by the Newsboys (filmed at a concert in Houston, TX) and Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson made this especially entertaining.

On a scale of 1-5, I give this movie a 5. It is well produced, has stellar acting, provokes deep thought, and fully entertained us for the entire duration. Any movie that I am willing to see twice has to be good, as I have a difficult time sitting still for more than two hours to watch or listen to much of anything.

For those of you who are able to see the movie on opening weekend, please do so. Opening weekend turnout is a huge factor in determining the success of movies and the likelihood that similar movies will be made in the future. To see more about God’s Not Dead, including theatre openings, advanced tickets, and other news, go to God’snotdeadthemovie.com.