“God’s Not Dead” Movie Review

God's Not DeadKATIE PICKRELL//KELSEY PHARIS

“God’s Not Dead” directed by Harold Cronk, was probably the worst movie I’ve seen in years. Maybe that’s due to the fact that it was rush-released just to make it out in time for Easter, or maybe it was because, between the acting and the storyline, it was ultimately horrendous.

The film opens up switching focus between about four main characters: the freshman who is about to walk into the worst class of his college career (Shane Harper), the wife of his new professor who has a dying mom (Cory Oliver), a vegan humans rights activist (Trisha LaFache) and a young Islamic girl (Hadeel Sittu).

Harper is registering for his classes when someone asks him what his elective is. He replies that he is in Philosophy 150 with Radisson, played by Kevin Sorbo, as his professor. Immediately he is warned that he should switch out of the class or regret the consequences, but Harper takes it as an exaggeration and makes his way to class. It’s there that he’s greeted by Sorbo and asked to declare “God is dead.” Of course, as Harper is the film’s hero, he refuses to do so.

Next you see Sittu, forced to wear her Hijab by her father, wandering around campus looking for a way to pronounce her faith in Jesus Christ.

The movie moves to Oliver, feeding her senile mom. She returns home and you discover that she is now the girlfriend of her old professor, Radisson. They’re preparing to make a dinner for the philosophy department, better described as a team of atheists. At the dinner, Oliver is made out to look like a fool and persecuted for her religion.

Around now, LaFache is on her way to confront Willie Robertson (Duck Dynasty) about his inhumane killing of waterfowl and disrespectful public worship.

Back at the campus, Harper is now confronted by his girlfriend of six years to drop Radisson’s class instead of facing a failing grade. Harper chooses the Lord over his girlfriend and gets dumped.

The film moves back to Sittu. She’s fast asleep listening to the word of the Lord when her brother intrudes. Of course, her father is the next to know. Soon after, you’ll witness Sittu getting beat by her strict Islamic father (thanks for that racism) and being kicked out of her house.

In the end, everything turns out okay. Harper wins his debate, Radisson dies, Sittu is accepted by her fellow Christians and LaFache accepts the word of the lord.

This movie deserves maybe two stars out of five, and that’s being generous. I would not recommend this film for anyone who is not an extreme Christian.

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