Dave in NY wrote his great review of the cinematic blockbuster, “God’s Not Dead,” on the Kevin Sorbo Official Facebook Page and graciously allowed me to reprint it here. Thank you, Dave!
Just a quick post to let you know the impact (that) “God’s Not Dead” had on me today…
So disappointed in the big-budget, “Noah,” but, overwhelmed with (the) low-budget, superbly written, “God’s Not Dead.” The plot lines were rewarding and inspiring, and, in one case, totally unexpected.
It accomplishes so much that I could spend hours in complete concentration running scenes over throughout my mind. I will be back seeing this again within the week. I don’t do that.
Unknown actors made it that much more powerful to me. It’s no surprise that in (a third of) the theaters than “Noah,” it’s kicking its butt. Great writing with a story-line based on principal should win every time.
Making it more interesting to me is that (Kevin Sorbo’s) role was scarily believable. I’ve been asked to give lectures at many universities, but turned them down because the majority of teachers are pompous and ultra-liberal. Scary to think they get to “shape” the minds of our children… at least for those students that are easily led over a cliff.
All I have to say now is God’s Not Dead.
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Marta from Texas provided an interesting perspective in her great review of “God’s Not Dead.” Many thanks, Marta!
I LOVED the movie, “God’s Not Dead,” and cannot thank Kevin and Sam Sorbo enough for standing up for their beliefs against the Hollywood hypocrisy.
I was very fortunate that several movie theaters showed “God’s Not Dead” during opening weekend. Coincidentally, it was also our wedding anniversary weekend. The movie made our anniversary weekend special.
It was the most inspiring movie I have ever seen. Growing up in a religious family behind the Iron Curtain, I personally experienced persecution for religion. We had to hide our faith or face life-altering consequences, such as the inability to attend college or get a job. I often got in trouble in school for attending church. I am sharing these personal details about myself, because it explains why I was able to relate to the story and Josh’s character.
I found the movie extremely well-written (and) full of surprises and occasional humor. I was laughing one minute and crying another.
The actors did a superb job portraying the characters. Kevin Sorbo as Professor Radisson was just as scary as any mean university professor while showing a softer side in the powerful scenes when his Christian past was revealed. Shane Harper was amazing as the determined college student. One of my favorite characters was the Chinese exchange student, Martin Yip (Paul Kwo), as his religious beliefs developed.
The ending of the movie was very unexpected.
I believe that moviegoers of every faith and those without faith will be challenged by this movie to evaluate or re-evaluate their faith. The central message of the importance of choice in the matter of religious beliefs especially resonated with me because of my past experiences.
Overall, I would recommend this movie to all ages, all faiths, all backgrounds.
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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: