This awesome review is from Tracey in Michigan. Love it, Tracey! And I agree… Kevin deserves an Oscar!!
I saw “God’s Not Dead” the day after it opened. (The theater) was packed and I was afraid I wouldn’t find a seat for my 10-year-old granddaughter and myself. A young lady stood up and waved at me to come on up the aisle to sit with her and her father. They moved the whole row down to make room for us. That just amazed me that so many were willing to make sure everyone had a seat and was able to view the movie.
It is so true that those who do not wish to believe in a higher power are trying to change America. Our forefathers founded this nation on freedom of speech and religion in our First Amendment rights decades ago.
This movie brings all that into question for the believer and the non-believer. When a young college student (Shane Harper) challenges a professor (Kevin Sorbo) about a written statement he wanted the whole class to write, this young man stood his ground and said no.
The professor decides to give the student 20 minutes in the next three classes to prove there is a God because he wanted to crush the young student for being a Christian. Something that the professor had deep-rooted from his youth caused this hatred to burn its fire in his heart and soul.
As a result of the truth being told to the class and demonstrated by the young student, they were able to choose for themselves what was true and what was not.
My granddaughter said, “Grandma, how come people don’t know that God is real?” I told her because they choose not to, honey. It is called free will. God gave us that choice when Jesus died on the cross. He gave the Gentiles a chance to be adopted into the covenant of Abraham along with the Jewish believers. I am so thankful he did.
All I can say is God bless America, and pray it returns to morals that were first instilled in all of us.
This is a powerful movie, and if you have any young adults starting college, then this is something they really need to see before starting and selecting their classes.
l am so happy that this film came this year; so many are trying to remove God from our country. America was founded on the freedom of speech and religion.
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Kevin Sorbo’s recent film, “God’s Not Dead,” is an amazing work with a great script, fantastic acting, Christian values and a wholesome message. It is powerfully moving, and elicits laughter and tears for many reasons.
I wish to feature fan reviews as well as my own to shed light on this wonderful production, give Kevin the recognition he so overwhelmingly deserves, and urge you to see it if at all possible. Also, I, as well as Christians everywhere, want to send a message to Hollywood and the world over that we want more films like this!
Here is the first review from Susan Murphy, a writer in WA, who kindly gave permission to post this. Thank you so much, Susan!
I had a chance to go see a really good, family-friendly movie this weekend called, “God’s Not Dead.” The writer in me wishes they had cut back on at least two of the side story lines to better focus on the main premise and character development.
But, that said… it was so nice to see a movie that didn’t swear at you constantly, that had an intelligent script, some great acting – particularly by Kevin Sorbo, who convincingly played a character that was the absolute antithesis of who he is as a Christian – and a positive message that left you upbeat at the end.
There was one line in particular that really stood out for me. When one character (played by Dean Cain) asks his mom who has dementia what all her praying has gotten her (he’s rich, powerful and successful without having any faith), she replies: “Sometimes Satan allows a person a life without trouble so that they won’t turn to God.” I never really considered that take before, but it makes complete sense to me.
So, if you’re looking for a movie you can actually take your kids (ages 9 and up) to without worrying what they’re going to see or hear, go see “God’s Not Dead.” We need to show Hollywood that movies like this CAN be wildly successful, and perhaps they’ll start to think about making more like them (rather than “Noah,” which, aside from the main character’s name, apparently has nothing to do with God or Noah).
Please read a more detailed, extensive review entitled, “God’s Not Dead — Much to Hollywood’s Surprise,” on Susan’s awesome An Average American Conservative blog: http://anavgamericanconservative.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/gods-not-dead-much-to-hollywoods-surprise/
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Pure Flix Entertainment’s faith-based film, “God’s Not Dead,” starring Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” “Andromeda,” “What If…”) opens this Friday, March 21, in the U.S. Its stellar cast also features Shane Harper (“High School Musical 2,” “Flipped”), David A.R. White (“Six: The Mark Unleashed”), Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), and special appearances by Christian super-band Newsboys and Willie and Korie Robertson (“Duck Dynasty”).
The upcoming cinematic release, written by Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman and directed by Harold Cronk, strikes at the hearts of religious believers and non-believers when a dogmatic, argumentative, atheist college instructor, Professor Radisson (Sorbo), states on his class’s first day that he requires his philosophy students to disavow the existence of God or face a failing grade.
“This semester,” says Radisson, “I propose that we refuse to waste our limited time together debating the existence of the ‘Big Man in the Sky.’ Fill in the papers I’ve just given you with three little words: God is dead.”
Freshman Josh Wheaton (Harper), a devout Christian, maintains that he cannot conform to Radisson’s request by openly declaring, “I can’t do what you want… I’m a Christian.”
Radisson then challenges Wheaton to a classroom debate: If Wheaton wins he will pass the course; if he fails, his below average grade will forever tarnish his scholastic record.
This sets the stage for the exciting movie that brings to the forefront Christianity versus Atheism in today’s world fraught with spiritual questions.
Sorbo kindly provided a few insights regarding “God’s Not Dead” in a recent interview with this writer.
“I don’t want to preach to the choir about this movie,” said Sorbo. “I hope the choir goes to see the movie, of course, but, I really want to reach those fence-sitters out there. This is a movie for all faiths and all of those who don’t believe. It is a good story that will touch those who are looking for something but don’t know what that something is.”
Sorbo, who is not unfamiliar with the faith-based movie genre, having won the Movieguide® Grace Award for “Most Inspiring Performance in Movies in 2010” for his astounding portrayal of Ben Walker in “What If…” and was nominated for two Movieguide® awards for the movie, “Soul Surfer,” explained what attracted him to this controversial role.
“As it is with all scripts I read,” Sorbo stated, “it has to hold my interest. I give scripts 20 pages. If I am not hooked by then, I pass on the project.
“I loved the (‘God’s Not Dead’) story, the message (and) the character. (It was) fun to play a man that is so far from what I am that I couldn’t resist.”
Sorbo, a devout Christian who was reared Lutheran, clearly overcame his antithetical character. How?
“(It) wasn’t that difficult,” maintained Sorbo. “I have atheist friends, and I just tapped into the conversations I have had with them. And it is a very well-written script, so, that made it pretty easy as well.”
Sorbo is well-known in Hollywood’s Christian faith circle, having appeared on the television ministry program, “Hour of Power,” that broadcasts from the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, and the 700 Club. What does he hope to accomplish with “God’s Not Dead”?
“Because it will make (people) think,” the former Hercules strongman replied. “It will create conversations on all sides of this issue and, hopefully, make those who are non-believers at least consider the possibility that there is something out there that is bigger than they are.”
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Kevin Sorbo’s latest cinematic release, “God’s Not Dead,” opens in U.S. theaters next Friday, March 21.
Produced by Pure Flix Entertainment, this engaging film poses the question: How far would you go to defend your belief in God?
Here is the synopsis via the “God’s Not Dead” Official Website:
“Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo).
Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh finds himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor.
Radisson assigns him a daunting task: If Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals.
With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him?
GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.”
I have ticket money burning in my pocket to see this!! Hope you do, too! Stay tuned for my review of this controversial, exciting faith-based film. I can’t wait!!!
Please enjoy the official trailer:
Hands up all those who want to see Kevin Sorbo back on TV! If I had more than two hands, I would surely raise them! What about you?!
To that end here is the first of two reviews of an excellent pilot Kevin filmed in 2005 with the hopes that a major US network would notice called, “Bobby Cannon.” This is from our good friend, Rhonda in GA, who states what we’re all thinking: “ABC, you had the chance to pick up a great sitcom, and you blew it!”
“Bobby Cannon”: The pilot ABC didn’t pick up
In early 2005, Kevin Sorbo signed a development deal with (the American television network) ABC. He had just finished his second syndicated series, “Andromeda,” and was looking to do a series on network TV. From the development deal came a pilot for a sitcom called “Bobby Cannon.” The pilot was filmed in May, 2005, in Los Angeles, and a number of Kevin’s fans attended the taping.
Thanks to Kevin, I got a DVD copy of the pilot and loved it. Unfortunately, ABC didn’t feel the same, and decided not to add it to the 2005 schedule, and, to this day, I still don’t understand why.
Part of the reason they gave for not picking it up was that it was too much like “Cheers,” which was a hit for NBC, and “Coach,” an ABC hit produced by Barry Kemp (who also wrote and produced the “Cannon” pilot). ABC, what were you thinking?
The premise of the show, for those of you who haven’t seen the pilot, has Kevin playing the title character, the star quarterback (qb) of the (National Football League team) Chicago Bears. He also owns a sports bar and grill, which his younger sister runs for him. The Bears, as is the rest of the NFL, are preparing for the football draft.
In the bar, Bobby and his friends are gathering to hear about the Bears’ first pick. A book editor named London comes in to talk to Bobby about writing his autobiography. He’s not too keen on the idea, but he is very interested in her, so he goes along with it in hopes of getting closer to her.
To make matters worse, his agent also represents the new qb and never told him. So, it appears that Bobby will have to help train the new qb, which is quite a blow to his ego.
Dallas comes to the bar to meet Bobby, whom he idolizes. Bobby tells him that, while they will be teammates, they will never be friends then he retreats to his apartment located above the bar to drown his sorrows. London follows him and convinces him to go ahead with the book (because) his story will be very inspiring.
He wants her to spend the night with him, but she quickly tells him he’s not her type.
Had the pilot been picked up, the sitcom would be in its eighth season now, and would have been a huge hit, not just with Sorbo fans, but with football fans as well.
It’s a shame that ABC didn’t give it the chance it deserved.
BTW, of the sitcoms ABC did pick up that year, only one-“Freddie,” starring Freddie Prinze, Jr.-lasted a full season before being cancelled. The others only lasted a few episodes. I’m quite sure ABC is privately regretting this decision, and while the rights to the show have reverted back to Kevin and his then-manager, Eric Gold, Kevin has said that he is too old to play the part now.
ABC, you had the chance to pick up a great sitcom, and you blew it.
(Screen caps by Jan)