God’s Not Dead | Christian Movie Review

Gods not Dead Christian MovieMost Christian movies that go to theaters have a limited number of theaters that carry that film for a few days before fading out.  “God’s Not Dead” on the other hand opened with a bang and doubled the number of theaters that carried the film during its second weekend! Ticket sales nearly doubled the second weekend as well! We know first-hand because our local theater did not carry the movie on its opening weekend but added it during week two.  And after seeing the movie, we understand!

A Big Step in the Right Direction

PureFlix really raised the bar with this film.  In fact I think it might be the best Christian film they have ever made.  God’s Not Dead is solid.  The production quality is first rate.  The acting, dialog, and story line are also praiseworthy.  It’s not a perfect film, but it does a lot right, especially for this genre.  I had moderately high expectations based on word of mouth, and I was still blown away.

Let’s cut straight to what this film does right:

  • Top notch production value with great camerawork and soundtrack
  • Strong Christ-centered Christian themes that most believers will not take issues with
  • Interweaves a number of related but seemingly independent story lines to keep the pace of the movie going without getting bogged down
  • Ties those story-lines together with a central underlying theme instead of forcing an awkward collision of all the characters
  • Includes numerous prominent Christian celebrities and leaders, which in addition to helping promote the film, actually ads a layer of relevance and authenticity.  It is fairly accurate to current Christian youth culture in a lot of ways
  • Displays some substantial and realistic character development considering the number of characters in the film and the relatively short screen time each gets
  • Contrary to what many critics have said, the dialog really is fairly good when you judge it on the grounds of authenticity. People really talk like these characters talk
  • Let’s you know that even though the movie is not based on a true story, many of the events are inspired by dozens of true stories, which are listed.  For this, the film gets an honorary True Story Movie

Some areas that could be improved on:

  • There may be too many characters and story lines.  I would like to see one or two of the sub stories cut and have more character development in the remaining ones.
  • One or two loose ends are left uncomfortably loose. There are some emotionally difficult scenes within the film that do not lead to as much resolution as we might like.

God Looks at the Heart – So Should the Critics

This film is fairly polarizing when it comes to the critics.  Many viewers are saying it was awesome, while many film critics are saying it was terrible.  I have come to the conclusion that film critics simply do not understand Christian film. The Spirit of God does not work in a box, and His work is less on the mind and more on the heart.  This movie hits the heart, and hits it strong.

The plot is centered on a college student intellectually defending the existence of God in the face of atheism, but the film is not really trying to deeply engage the intellect, it goes after the heart. And that is where critics are dropping the ball. Yes, I could present you with a bucket of intellectual plot holes if I sat back and really dug deep. But there is grace on this movie.  And that grace operates independently of intellect, plot structure, and critical opinion.  And if you do not understand what that grace is, then you will not understand Christian movies.

“God’s Not Dead” is a great film with a great message. I wish it was based on a true story, but even still, this Christian movie is filled with truth.

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God’s Not Dead is also available on DVD.

In Christ,

George Konetes

George Konetes

A Christian movie aficionado, professor, pastor, husband, father, and communications professional, George has a passion to learn and to teach. As the founder of True Story Christian Movies.com he works, writes, and advocates to share what God has done through film.
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  • Charlotte

    Loved the movie but really thought it was a real story. Not sure how that rumor got started. Can you tell me when it will be out on DVD. I want to share it with some folks not able to go to a theater.

  • admin

    Hi Charlotte, we actually talked with Pure Flix to confirm whether or not it was a true story. And as we mentioned in the post, many of the situations involving the college classroom portion of the film were inspired by actual events of multiple court cases. But the overall film plot and characters are not based on actual events. We do not have a date yet for the DVD release as the film is still in theaters, but we estimate 2-3 months. Subscribe to stay updated, we will certainly let you know once we have official word of the DVD release. Thanks so much.

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  • Todd Princl

    Now this movie is the best that I have seen with dealing with the world we live in today. I am also really pumped about seeing the movie “A Matter of Faith.” Movies like this will only open up the eyes of people that are on the fence. It is a great time to be a Christian because of the beautiful movies that are on the horizon and how they are getting out there for people to at least step back and give God a chance!!

  • Wild_Bird

    I enjoyed the movie in spite of some of the unresolved story lines.
    It’s so easy to become of this fallen world and to walk in the flesh instead of walking in the spirit.
    The enemy works 24/7 to pull us away from our faith and from the Lord.
    I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.