God’s Not Dead – Movie Monday

“God’s Not Dead” 2014

Director: Harold Cronk

A Drama, Produced by Pure Flix, a Christian film studio.

Rated: PG 1hr 53min

Or go to www.GodsNotDeadtheMovie.com to view the trailer.

I have pretty much given up going to the movies, not interested in the selection of films offered, so I was intrigued by the little known, small budget film, “God’s Not Dead” which
opened March 21, 2014. It grossed $ 9.2 million, the first weekend, and as I watched the trailer, I immediately made plans to see this movie aimed towards Evangelical Christians.

Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a pre-law student, signs up for a philosophy class with an aggressive professor. Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) is an atheist who demands that everyone declare and write on a sheet of paper that ‘God is dead.’ Josh, a Christian, refuses which causes the professor to challenge him to prove God’s existence. He is given the
opportunity to present his defense, in front of the class, and if he is unable to do this, he will fail the class. There are several story threads, woven through the movie, that capture the struggles, heartbreak and challenges that believers and those questioning their faith face.

One intriguing character is an elderly woman who is visited by her absentee son (Dean Cain). He is a successful businessman annoyed and impatient with her dependence and deteriorating state of dementia. He angrily questions her faith and she, in a moment of clarity, tells him about the consequences of sin. There are a few surprising twists and special appearances by Newsboys and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson.

I recommend this movie because it encourages Evangelical Christians to stand up for their faith. It also invites those questioning their faith to ask questions about God. I am sick and
tired of offensive language and the blatant attempts of the media to shock and offend with their disrespectful comments. In this movie, the name of our Precious Savior Jesus Christ was spoken with reverence and praise. It has been a really long time since I’ve heard that in a movie. Also, another important concept, about this movie, was that it was based on actual court cases where students, like Josh Wheaton, defended their faith in an academic setting. The ending credits list the students and universities.

The responses to this film are, as expected, strongly divided. I think this quote by Paul Levinson, media critic and professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University in New York sums up the movie very well. He states, “The success of ‘God’s Not Dead’ shows at least three things: Big budgets are not necessary to make popular movies, there is a significant part of the population that cherishes faith-based movies, and students like narratives about arrogant professors who get their due.”

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11 comments

  1. Donna says:

    I really want to see this movie since I saw the trailer a couple of weeks ago. I hope to see it this weekend.

  2. This is such an interesting film. I want to check it out.

  3. My husband and I are planning a date night to see this. Thanks for the great review.

  4. I haven’t seen it yet either.

  5. Jamie says:

    We are trying so hard to get our local movie theater to play it. Living in a small town, it’s hard to see movies like this up here!! Hopefully soon!! Otherwise, DVD on pre-order!! :)

  6. tara pittman says:

    thanks for the review, now I know I need to see it

  7. I love when there is something GOOD to see in the movie theater. You’re right, so many films use The Savior’s name with blatant curses, and shouting–it is so upsetting. I’ll have to check this out.

  8. I have seen the trailer and look forward to seeing this movie. Thanks for the good review on this movie.

  9. I have never heard of this movie and very interested in finding out more about it…

  10. I REALLY want to go see this movie. Thanks for sharing your opinions on it.

  11. Tammy says:

    This is a sharp contrast from the Noah movie that just came out. We haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but it’s on our list to see while it’s still in the theater. I’d like to support it with $$ at the box office, so it will be an encouragement for other Christian film makers to make quality entertainment for families.

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