Josh Wheaton didn’t ask to be put in the philosophy class of the infamous Professor Radisson. He also didn’t anticipate having to sign a piece of paper stating that God is dead in order to achieve a high grade in the class. But prompted by the help of a local pastor, Wheaton decides to not only refuse to sign the paper but also to prove God’s existence in front of the class in addition to his other class assignments. It’s something that those closest to him do not understand or agree with, but it brings him closer to God and to other people. Little does he know that Professor Radisson and even those connected to him are being profoundly impacted in ways he never expected.
Production Quality (2.5 points)
This is perhaps the strongest area of the movie. God’s Not Dead has better production than a majority of PureFlix movies, which shows great progress. The camera work is great, and the editing is pretty good considering the many interconnected story lines. The sets are authentic and varied and the lighting is good. The soundtrack is effective. The only real error to consider here is the fact that there may be too much content included. In short, the money used for the movie is mostly put to good use.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1.5 points)
Unfortunately, the plot is a bit weak, mostly due to the large number of story lines. There is nothing inherently wrong with a movie about the interconnected lives of people, and for the most part, God’s Not Dead does a fairly good job managing the content. However, it seems like there are one too many subplots and one too many characters. If one or two of these were eliminated and that time used to develop other more interesting characters, this movie would greatly improve. As it is, the dialogue is pretty good considering the number of characters. There are some interesting twists and not everything turns out as expected in the end. Most of the characters are believable, but some seem to be caricatures. In summary, the plot is a mixed bag with a lot of untapped potential.
Acting Quality (2 points)
When compared to older PureFlix movies, the acting in God’s Not Dead is superb, for most of the actors. This is David A. R. White’s best acting job to date. Shane Harper is great in his major debut. However, Dean Cain and Trisha LaFache are uninspiring. But still, one could argue that they did not have much to work with. All in all, the acting is another mixed bag.
God’s Not Dead is the best PureFlix-created movie in their existence. Improved acting, improved production quality, and improved plot development all contributed to this rise. However, they still have not hit their ceiling. There is a lot of potential in this movie, and on its face, it is still an above average movie. What is most important is that the core message of God’s Not Dead is driven home without being overly preachy or unwatchable. This is success in and of itself.
Final Rating: 6 out of 10 points