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God's Not Dead

God's Not Dead
Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, Jim Gleason, David A.R. White, Marco Khan, Dean Cain and Paul Kwo

Rated: PG for thematic material, brief violence and an accident scene.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: March 21, 2014 Released by: Pure Flix Entertainment

Beginning like a walk through Pleasantville in America we are introduced to a series of characters all who will be affected by their lack of religion or belief in God and or their commitment or non commitment to basic principles of Christianity. It quickly becomes a hollow propaganda film that sets up the characters for obvious results by the climax of the film.

Shane Harper plays Josh Wheaton who challenges Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) a philosophy teacher who insists his class accept that God is dead and write it down at the beginning of the first class.  When Wheaton challenges the idea the professor seeks to destroy his logic and requires the student the make his proposal at the end of three classes while the professor attacks his ideas.  Professor Radisson is angered and irritated by the work Wheaton brings to the class, because it does not agree with the teachers' ideas.  Contrary to reality, most professors would relish having a student who is so interested in the class that he would take a serious amount of time to bring his challenge to the debate on the floor.  Most students in a large class work just to stay awake and some come to class just to get credit for attending, never mind getting into an argument with the teacher. 

Characters who are a part of the plot and most will be converted to Josh Wheaton's way of thinking are a Red Chinese, an Arab girl, who is beaten by her father when she is found listening to a Christian tape.  There is also a nasty brother who doesn't care that his mother is floating in time near the end of her life.  

Don't expect much acting there is a girl friend who has their lives planned and can't understand why Josh would challenge a professor which might cause difficulties on his road to success in life.  A hateful reporter is set back by disease and begins to think about after life.

As the script progresses it becomes a propaganda lecture rather than a discovery trip for some of the characters. A car that doesn't start is considered divine intervention and starts when belief is strong enough.  Too bad that doesn't work in real life, the guys on Car Talk would love that.  

Even with a weak cast and a soft script the film will be welcome by those who are in a religious movement and are the target audience.  

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
God's Not Dead  C      D                     C- 

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