Movie Review: God’s Not Dead
God’s Not Dead is a 2014 American Christian Drama Film directed by Harold Cronk, and stars Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A. R. White and Dean Cain . The film was released to theaters on March 21, 2014, by Pure Flix Entertainment. The film follows an evangelical Christian college student (Shane Harper) whose faith is challenged by a philosophy professor who declares God a pre-scientific fiction.
This movie is all about an evangelical college student named Josh Wheaton who enrolls in a philosophy class taught by Professor Jeffrey Radisson who happened to be an etheist. Prof. Radisson demands his students to sign on their paper that “God is Dead” and pass it. Josh refuses to sign because of that Prof. Radisson requires him to debate the topic with him in the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals.
Josh has given three lectures sessions. Kara, Josh girlfriend demands Josh either sign the statement “God is dead” or drop Radisson’s class. Kara breaks up with Josh for insisting on confessing his belief in God. Josh continue the debate he started and every time he explains , his Prof. contradicted everything he said. Prof. Radisson even gives evidences that “God is Dead” through the research of the philosophers.
Josh final debate, he asked his Prof. Radisson: “Why do you hate God?” and Josh ask this question again that makes Radisson explode in rage, confirming he hates God for his mother’s death that left him alone despite his prayers. Josh then casually asks Radisson how he can hate someone that does not exist. In the end, Martin, a student from China whose father had forbidden him from even talking about God to avoid jeopardizing Martin’s brother’s chance at overseas study, stands up and says, “God’s not dead.” Almost the entire class follows Martin’s lead, causing Radisson to leave the room in defeat.
Against the backdrop of the debates, a series of peripherally related subplots develop. Radisson dates Mina, an evangelical whom he belittles in front of his fellow atheist colleagues. Her brother Mark, a successful businessman and atheist, refuses to visit their mother, who suffers from dementia. Mark even dump his girlfriend Amy who suffers cancer.
After the final debate, Josh invites Martin to attend the Newsboys concert that is in town. Radisson reads a letter from his late mother, and is moved to reconcile with Mina. Amy confronts the Newsboys in their dressing room, only to admit that she wants to get to know God. While on his way to find Mina, Radisson is struck by a car and fatally injured. Reverend Dave is at the intersection and guides Radisson’s dying acceptance of Christ as savior. Mark at last visits his mother, only to taunt her; she responds that all of his financial success was given to him by Satan to keep him from turning to God.
The Newsboys play a video clip of Willie Robertson congratulating Josh and play their song “God’s Not Dead”, dedicating it to Josh.