The third in the God’s Not Dead series bombed at the Easter weekend, bringing in a ‘lousy’ $2.6 million.
It appears that folk have had it up to here with the tedious and deceitful messages of the three movies: that god-fearing Christians are constantly being pitchforked by left-leaning atheist tyrants.
According to this World Religion News report, the third movie – the unimaginatively titled God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness produced by Arizona headquartered PureFlix and directed by Michael Mason – is not as stridently hysterical as the first two. But despite being more “mellow” the recurring theme of fictional Christian persecution is renewed.
It tries to prove Christian persecution by depraved secular authorities by putting the church helmed by Pastor Dave in the middle of a state-controlled university campus.
The place of worship is thus positioned squarely inside the hot zone of diversity advocates who want to shut down free speech. They are helped by the college board head (the character played by Tatum O’Neal) whose only aim in life is to throw the congregation off the university premises, even as she knows that the church precedes the founding of the university.
Minor characters in the film ask vital questions like why Muslims and Jews can voice their opinions known but Christians cannot.
The film picks up pace when a vandal, who goes by the name of Adam (played by Mike C Manning) hurls a brick which smashes through a window and causes an explosion in the church.
The reason for such vandalism? His girlfriend, the devout and beautiful Keaton (played by Samantha Boscarino), has dumped him for not subscribing to her faith and Adam blames the church for his shortcomings.
Cory Barnett of World Religion News writes:
The problem with this portrayal is that this depiction is too much preachy, to put it mildly. The core of the movie is the tempestuous relationship between Dave and Pearce, his lawyer brother (character depicted by John Corbett). Pearce was a Christian who has lost faith post three bad marriages and one triple bypass surgery.
The interactions between the two are the least ham-headed acting in this movie.
The first movie in 2014 earned over $9-million in its opening weekend and over $60 million since then. God’s Not Dead 2 brought in over $7-million opening weekend and has earned over $20 million to date. Both were excoriated by secular reviewers. The AV Club, for example, said this of the first turkey:
Even by the rather lax standards of the Christian film industry, God’s Not Dead is a disaster.
And of the second, Jordan Hoffmann of the Guardian wrote:
God’s Not Dead 2 is a much better movie than God’s Not Dead, but that’s a bit like saying a glass of milk left on the table hasn’t curdled and is merely sour …
For those looking to get riled up about how evil trends such as diversity are preventing people from believing in Jesus, there’s more than enough red meat in God’s Not Dead 2.
For those looking to howl at wretched acting like in Kevin Sorbo’s death scene in the last one, alas, the sequel is a bit of a disappointment.
Sorbo plays atheist Professor Radisson, who gets his come-uppance in the end by being hit by a car and dies … but not before giving what’s left of his hitherto godless, angry life to Jesus.
Even some Christians hated it. Blogger Chris Williams wrote:
It demonizes non-believers. Not one non-Christian is depicted as friendly or good. Instead, the film paints unbelievers as obsessed with bringing down religion and making Christians look stupid. Professor Radisson isn’t just committed to having his students deny God; he chases Josh down and promises to fail him and derail his career.