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FACING TRIAL | God’s Not Dead 2

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One liner: “I’m not going to be afraid to say the name Jesus.”

God’s Not Dead 2 is a sneak peek of what it looks like when faith is on trial. Controversy reaches the classroom as a high school teacher is chastised for mentioning the influence that a man named Jesus had while He walked the earth.

You’ll find character development is quick, yet thorough. And, if you haven’t seen its precursor, you’ll navigate the storyline just fine, but slightly slower than your neighbor. Joining the cast in lead capacities are Melissa Joan Hart (Clarissa Explains It All, Melissa & Joey) and Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives, Dallas, and this Hallmark movie I really enjoyed). Of the two, Metcalfe’s gradual character development was most appealing to watch unfold. The range of subtle choices reached a peak during a compelling monologue which demanded the audiences’ focus.

Hart had some great, believable moments that her character, Grace Wesley, would have benefited from were they replicated more throughout the film. Here’s a scene capturing one of the pivotal moments when Hart’s character chooses to press in and engage a student’s comment on the parallels of Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.:

This film is heavy weight. It’s not a Rom-Com. It’s not a child’s journey to Heaven and back. Facts are slung and mercilessly challenged. It will empower some and enrage others. And before you know it, tables will turn enraging the empowered and empowering the enraged!

If you’re looking for a movie to relax and unwind, might I suggest another? Its premise is actual court cases, some of which are currently on-going. Curious? Go. It’s interesting how some reviews speak directly to the content of backlash this film is trying to highlight. Whether or not you question if Jesus was real, be prepared that this will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that He was.

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Melissa Joan Hart, left, and Jesse Metcalfe in God’s Not Dead 2 |Pure Flix
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David A.R. White in God’s Not Dead 2 | Pure Flix

God’s Not Dead 2 opened on April 1, 2016. It wasn’t playing at my favorite theater, so I detoured to AMC. Click here for listings in your area.

Editors of the film went Avengers style and put a sneak peak of God’s Not Dead 3 after the credits. Stick around if you’re into that sorta thing. (The Captain would, just sayin’.)

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Ernie Hudson as Judge Robert Stennis in God’s Not Dead 2 | Pure Flix
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Pat Boone as Walter Wesley in God’s Not Dead 2 | Pure Flix

Do you ever pay attention to moments? For me, I love discovering unique moments––sometimes considered to be God Winks. This movie offered me a few of those, one being when Brooke Thawley (Haley Orrantia) opened a Bible to Colossians. I had just read this Book in its entirety the day before. I think finding moments draws me in. Especially when a movie is as heavy as this. Another moment which wrecked me was the candlelight tribute. Wrecked. Mostly because I have a special connection to what they shared. (Tissues!)

My moments traveled from intrigue to solemn reminiscing to strength. By the end of the movie, I felt strength in seeing the power of His presence and the impact brothers and sisters, from all walks of life, can make when standing together. The opposing counsel may have seen an opportunity to dismantle faith, especially when someone was bold enough to “pay the price to be [His] light.” (Newsboys) However, the factor that was missed was that Grace and Tom were standing on Truth. They fought from the victory––and won.

If you’re still wondering if this is a faith-based film hit the mark and is worth spending your hard earned dollars on, let me give it to you straight––

Hit the mark: Yes.

––Danielle DuCré

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