Review – God’s Not Dead

Poster for 2014 Christian drama God's Not Dead

Genre: Drama 
Certificate: PG
UK Release Date: 11th April 2014
Runtime: 113 minutes
Director: Harold Cronk
Writer: Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon
Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, Dean Cain, David AR White, Trisha LaFache, Cassidy Gifford 
Synopsis: A Christian student is forced to defend his faith in front of his whole class and his devoutly Atheist professor.

 

 

God’s Not Dead is one of those odd instances in which an incredibly televisual movie sneaks into cinemas for a couple of showings a week. It’s doubly odd in that it is a shamelessly evangelical movie about the benefits of Christianity, in which anyone without faith is a horrible person. That said, most of the Christians are pretty repugnant as well.

Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) is a devout Christian who enrols into a Philosophy class taught by Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo), who makes his Atheism clear from the first moment. Radisson asks his class to admit that “god is dead” before beginning his teaching. When Josh refuses, the two clash in a series of heated discussions.

God’s Not Dead is a film that should never have been in cinemas. That much is obvious from its TV movie sheen and acting that makes Adam Sandler look like Laurence Olivier. Less obvious in the early stages is that this is one of the most offensive films that has hit the big screen in 2014.

| "Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God."

It would be easy to accuse the film of Christian bias, but that ignores the true scale of its loathsome opinion of people. Atheists are horrible to Christians. Christians are horrible to Atheists. Men are horrible to women. Women are horrible to men. Healthy people are horrible to ill people. Ill people are horrible to healthy people.

For a film so keen to paint itself as a feel-good film for those with faith, God’s Not Dead seems worryingly sure that every human being on Earth is utterly terrible. Kevin Sorbo’s lecturer is utterly hateful and there’s a plot about a traditional Muslim father and his Jesus-following daughter that has an unpleasant whiff of racism about it.

At least God’s Not Dead offends everyone equally. It doesn’t discriminate. The only character who comes off unscathed is David AR White’s priest, who spends most of the movie wrapped in an aimless and chronically unamusing “comedy” sub-plot about Disneyland and unreliable rental cars.

| "Only a real risk can test the reality of a belief."

By the time the film rattles to its crass conclusion – complete with a redemptive car accident – it has systematically torn apart everything joyful in the world. A rousing Christian rock gig, populated exclusively by beautiful people, isn’t enough to save the thing.

God might not be dead, but the audience probably wish they were.

 

Pop or Poop?

Rating: Poop!

If you’re not into religion, God’s Not Dead definitely isn’t going to convert you. But if you are a religious believer, it might just shake your faith.

It’s a film that makes me hope against hope that God isn’t real. I wouldn’t want him to see this.

 

Do you agree with my review? Let me know in the comments section.

4 thoughts on “Review – God’s Not Dead

  • 23/05/2014 at 18:12
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    I will start by saying I am a Christian, or rather a follower, and I do attempt to imitate Jesus in my thoughts and actions… (note I said attempt). But I thought the debate over whether God exists or not was thought provoking. The scene at the end simply showed that in the end, no matter who you are, what you have, how smart you are, there is an end to this life, and you will have to be on one side of this fence or another…. and No decision is a decision all by itself. I think people who are offended at this movie have had bad experiences with pushy judgmental people in the past. I figure it this way. I will tell you what I believe, and if you choose to say no, there is nothing I can say about it. God is NOT dead, and He does love all of us.

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    • 24/05/2014 at 15:39
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      Did you not think that the way they portrayed people of faith was awful? For the record, I did think that the debate segments were genuinely interesting.

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  • 09/06/2014 at 18:39
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    i felt they portrayed people of faith as flawed people who have a faith… a belief. … and that is truer than portraying them as crisp never-do-wrong people. We all know that isn’t true to life.

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    • 10/06/2014 at 19:13
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      There’s a difference between being flawed and being horrible. Pretty much everyone in this film, with or without faith, is horrible.

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