Drama - This is the third and apparently final installment in the Christian
drama series. David A.R. White, who played a supporting character
in the first two, is the lead here, and the notable and recognizable
addition to the cast this time is John Corbett. The tone is a bit
more subdued than the previous two films, but this is still one that
is generally only for those faith-based audiences. There is some
brief mild violence, and most parents will find this safe viewing
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...it has a slightly more complex story, and actually interrogates some of the assumptions behind the stifling Christian persecution complex. A lot of grappling happens.
The GuardianFull Review Below Average ...isn't quite as regrettable as the films that have come before it but it's still a slog. By the end of the movie, when the brothers are reunited, the unintentional manslaughter is forgiven and the entire campus of young people is glued to theology discussions on YouTube, it will take the will of the Lord to keep most audience members from snickering.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 40 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: All of the males loved this movie.
ADULTS: Great Reviews from both the males and females. Over half loved "God's Not Dead," with most of the rest rating it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Only about 10% of both males and females rated it just "average."
When a deadly fire rips through St. James
Church, devastating the congregation and
Reverend Dave (David A.R. White), adjoining Hadleigh University uses the tragedy
to try and
kick the house of worship off campus. Battle lines are quickly drawn between the
and the community, pitting Rev. Dave against his longtime friend Thomas
McGinley), the university president, while further estranging college student
Boscarino), a member of St. James' campus ministry, from the Christian faith she
has come to
Facing a court case and his own struggle to see Christ's light in heartbreak,
Rev. Dave asks for
help from his estranged brother Pearce (John Corbett), a big-city lawyer turned
atheist, to fight
for his brother's church to rebuild. The family reunion opens old wounds, as the
wrestle with the questions that pulled them apart years ago: Is God really good
all the time?
Where is God when bad things happen? Can Christ really heal the brokenhearted?
grappling with these personal issues, Rev. Dave must face another dilemma,
turning to his
former protege Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) for wisdom in answering the thorniest
question before him: Can Christians fight for their rights and still be a loving
example for Christ
at the same time?