Based on a true story of Lee Stroble and his best selling book of the same name, this is not only a faith-based film, but an investigation of truth and a pretty good love story to boot.
Strobel (Mike Vogel) is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He's happily married to Leslie (Erika Christensen), they have a young daughter and are expecting another. He's an avowed atheist and she's an agnostic, and they're ok with things the way they are. All of that changes, however when their daughter starts choking while dining at a nearby restaurant. A nurse saves her life and she tells Leslie that she believes that it was God's intervention, because she and her husband were supposed to dine at another restaurant that evening.
The woman's words stick with Leslie and she realizes she wants to find out more about God and fill a void in her life. At first she keeps the fact that she attends church services and reads her bible at home from Lee, and when he does find out about his wife's change of heart,, he gets extremely angry. He feels that their life together will forever be changed and wants his wife to stop any talk of God.
When Leslie refuses, Lee uses his reporting skills to prove that the basis of her faith is just unsubstantiated rumors. He begins an investigation into the resurrection of Christ so he can debunk his wife's new-found religion. Strobel goes about it like he would any of the cases he worked on in the past. He visits historians. religious scholars and medical doctors from all over the country. He has a small basement room where he puts all of his findings on a wall, much like we see on any mystery show where clues are gathered.
Vogel is very convincing as the skeptical husband. He has a wide range of emotions and they all ring true. Christensen is also good. She wants her marriage to work, but on the other hand, doesn't want to give up something that has become very important to her.
Directed by Jon Gurn, the film is well done and uplifting.
|A Case for Christ||B+||B+|