Movie Review: GOD is not Dead- By Egwu Nnanna .E


God is not dead

Okay, if you’ve not watched the film “God’s not dead” raise your hand! One, Two …Okay!

I will do a synopsis; kindly pardon me to come from two points of view “As a Christian” and “As a Lover of Good movies”

AS A CHRISTIAN: I enjoyed and learnt from the movie, the fact that it talks about a controversial being and creator God, and features characters of Atheists and a Muslim family is brave. I loved the synopsis and trailer. Now I also liked the school setting. Enough? Not yet! I liked the… Okay! Enough.

STORY-LINE:

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 finds 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. –(C) Official Site

Rating: PG (for thematic material, brief violence and an accident scene)

Genre:  Drama, Comedy, Christian

Directed By:        Harold Cronk

Written By:         Hunter Dennis, Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon

US Box Office:   $60.8M

Runtime:             1 hr. 53 min.

Pure Flix Entertainment – Official SiteGenre:      Drama, Comedy

Directed By:        Harold Cronk

Written By:         Hunter Dennis, Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon

US Box Office:   $60.8M

Runtime:             1 hr. 53 min.

Pure Flix Entertainment – Official Site

AS A LOVER OF GOOD MOVIES:

Disclaimer: No one film/movie in the world can fully explore a subject.

“If you were to be charged/prosecuted for being a Christian, would there be enough evidences to charge you guilty?”

The film should have considered some factors;

Theme: “God’s not dead” is a great title, but irrespective of how great it is, the major antagonist in the movie “An Atheist” believes that God never existed, doesn’t exist and will not exist. Secondly, the other religion that was looked into also has a “god” that they believe is also alive. So what was the point? I personally think that “God is” with a direct central theme on “Jesus” would have been a better title.

Environment: The USA I believe is so policy driven, that an educationist there has no legal base for threatening a student with failure on the basis of his personal beliefs.

Audience and Casting: Some fallacies and generalizations were done. E.g The Muslim father represented gives an impression that all Muslim fathers are cruel and domestically violent. It was too Christocentrically biased, but why shouldn’t it be? It is Christian production after all.

There were some coincidences, and for me it was still a good production. Greater works can come out of the Christian Movie Industry. I believe.

What you stand to learn: Bravery, Witnessing, Faith, Perseverance, Love and GOD.

A must watch! My rating?

C’mon go and watch it.

Have a lovely Year.

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