In short, I loved this film!
It's an engaging story filled with interesting and compelling characters. The performances and pacing are on point. The music is great (including an appearance by The Newsboys). While I'd not necessarily consider this film an evangelistic tool (except in cases where the person is searching or open to knowing about God), it will most definitely encourage and equip Christians to share their faith in the most difficult of circumstances. Here is the official synopsis:
How far would you go…to defend your belief in God?
Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him?
GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.
GOD’S NOT DEAD features a talented cast of actors including Kevin Sorbo (SOUL SURFER, HERCULES, ANDROMEDA), Shane Harper (GOOD LUCK CHARLIE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2), David A.R. White (BROTHER WHITE, REVELATION ROAD and JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN), and Dean Cain (LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN), with special appearances by Christian super-band Newsboys and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson.
Friends, one of the things Christians complain about is a lack of good, entertaining movies which are thought provoking and worth our time and money. God's Not Dead meets all the criteria of a great and empowering film experience.
This movie will be an excellent conversation starter to share with people who may be unsure what they believe about God. It will encourage you and your kids (especially teens and college age) to be bold and not afraid of what people think or say or challenge you to learn more about why you believe and how to defend that faith.
You will want to see God's Not Dead more than once in the theater (I'm going again!) and add to your DVD/Blu-ray collection. In order for God's Not Dead to succeed (and to see more movies like it in our national theaters---movies with a positive, faith-based message) Christian's must support this film. So, here's what you can do to help spread the word and support this film by Pure Flix:
- Share the movie website-- godsnotdeadthemovie.com
- Bring the movie to your city---godsnotdeadthemovie.com/buyout
- Like and Share the God's Not Dead Facebook Page---facebook.com/GodsNotDeadTheMovie
- Tell your friends and family about the movie.
- Take your church or a group of friends to see the movie on March 21-23, 2014 (opening weekend is the most important!!)