Do You Believe?


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Alexa PenaVega as Lacey
Sean Astin as Dr. Farell
Mira Sorvino as Samantha
Madison Pettis as Maggie
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Reviewed by brycebachelder-71389 2 / 10

I'm a Christian... and this movie is not good

I'm in ministry, and I'm all about using art to share the gospel... but this movie is just not good. The writing's bad, the acting is stiff, and the concept is pretty much a less interesting Christian version of "Crash". It also played into some racially insensitive stereotypes: the criminals were all black, the black mother gave threats of "whoopins", the unmarried pregnant girl was Latina, and all the good guys were white. I'll give the benefit of the doubt and say these things were unintentional by the writers, but the racial undertones were still obvious to those paying attention. It seems the message of the movie is trying to reach non-Christians, but it's so full of "Christianese" language and phrases that the only people who will have any idea what the heck they're talking about are those who already believe. I'm not against using film and all art forms to proclaim Jesus, but I am against doing it badly. Christians need to be creative and original, and not just emulate (poorly) what is being done in the "secular" movie and music industries. If we are to hold ourselves to higher standards throughout life, let's hold ourselves to higher standards when it comes to making art as well.

Reviewed by Michelle Moore 9 / 10

Great follow up to God's Not Dead!

I have to admit it started a little slow at first, but loved it! It has some great messages and themes throughout and great acting! Bring the Kleenex! I saw this at an early screening sponsored by Pureflix and I thought it was fantastic. I saw the unfinished cut and will go see it again. I can't wait to see the finished product. People from all walks of life should appreciate the truth and honesty portrayed in the film.I don't like when people immediately dismiss a film because of its Christian views and say things like its cheesy. No, it's truth and a lot of people don't like to have the facts right in front of them. I hope God uses this film to touch a lot of people's hearts and get them to begin asking themselves the question, "Do you believe?"

Reviewed by Steve Pulaski 5 / 10

"Do you even believe, bro?"

"Do You Believe?" kicks off a year that, judging from the amount of trailers Pure Flix Entertainment attached to its showings of "Do You Believe?," will feature a number of independent Christian films, much like last year. "Do You Believe?" comes out the same weekend last year's "God's Not Dead" was released and took box office analysts and the entire film community by surprise with its enormous opening in less than 1,000 screens in the United States. This shows little doubt that Pure Flix Entertainment is anxious to try and reinvigorate the buzz that film managed to snag. Unlike most Christian films, "God's Not Dead" wasn't burdened by an amateurish production and the kind of cheap, poor moralizing that a great deal of contemporary films like to emphasize, but it actually found some semblance of substance as its characters debated the existence of God.

The film is an anthology, following twelve or so characters that are all confronted with life's tribulations and hardships, with the film focusing on how they handle such tests and how they lean on other characters in order to get by. These individuals are a struggling single mother (Mira Sorvino) with a young, optimistic daughter (Makenzie Moss), who has to find a different place to sleep every night, an older gentleman (Brian Bosworth), crippled by an increasingly worsening sickness, who helps take in the mother and daughter, an atheist doctor (Sean Astin), who is sick and tired of hearing God and Jesus get the credit for the healing and care he provides, and his humanist wife (Andrea Logan White), a pregnant teen (Madison Pettis), who has run away from home, a local pastor (Ted McGinley), two petty gangsters (Senyo Amoaku and Arthur Cartwright), an older couple (Lee Majors and Cybill Shepherd) who have recently lost their only daughter, a paramedic (Liam Matthews), who is now faced with a lawsuit from the doctor's wife because he spent the final minutes of a dying man's life asking him if he knew Jesus, his struggling wife (Valerie Domínguez), and her PTSD-stricken, ex-Marine brother (Joseph Julian Soria). The central idea looming over all these individuals is the question of whether or not they believe, how will they turn their belief, if any, into an action, and how they will express their belief through others (spoiler: usually through the exchange of little wooden crosses).

To begin with, the writers and directors of anthologies immediately deserve some praise for undertaking such an enormous task, and director Johnathan M. Gunn and writers Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon need be hailed for giving each character their time of day on screen. While most of the characters struggle to be given life beyond their own stereotype, convention, or surface explanation of their backstory (how did the mother and daughter come to live on the streets? What was the past of the man who takes them in? What makes the doctor condemn religion so much? What happened to the daughter of the older couple?), there is at least time invested in each of the characters, and I'm willing to bet each of them get about the same amount of screen time. Gunn, Konzelman, and Solomon may've been hard-pressed to make each character in the film a fully fleshed-out person, but their end result is far greater than it could've been.

Not only is this because they give about equal time to these characters, but they also go the extra mile to recognize certain issues and facts of life that many religious films overlook or simplify. Including gangsters, single mothers, and the fact that the Christian gospel has become a controversial concept in recent years. This makes "Do You Believe?" a film that transcends the annoying bubble many of these Christian films get trapped inside. Konzelman and Solomon break those boundaries down and include those ideas, and to a degree that doesn't show them as cartoonish, but moderately realistic.

It's when Konzelman and Solomon begin to take exaggerated, emotionally-manipulative routes to get their message across to the audience that "Do You Believe?" becomes a weaker, less impressive film. Consider the ending, without giving spoilers, which is a circus of a shootout, a huge traffic pileup, a birth, a proclaimed-miracle, and a near-drowning. It's bound to be one of the most explosive and cluttered movie endings of the year, and one of the most unbelievable, especially for a film that was doing so-so in the realism department before this happened. It's a screenwriter's opportunity when inflicting such a cacophony of powerful emotional material to trick people that what they saw was a series of impacting events that make up life, when anyone who sees films on a frequent basis will see these scenarios for what they are - emotionally manipulative and contrived.

Having said that, "Do You Believe?" is still better than Kendrick brothers' affairs like "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof," and light years more capable and accomplished than such travesties as "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" and "Last Ounce of Courage." Its central idea is one that's, however, made for the kind of sentimentality and cloying hope and optimism shown in the film that, personally, makes me cringe and forgoes all ideas of achieving some conception of true-to-life instances. Yet the film can be given credit for how it balances a variety of characters and how it goes about profiling them in a way that's not as dehumanizing and as shallow as you think, but also not as deep as you want. This is the "Crash" of Christian films, and, remarkably speaking, that Oscar winner and this potential low-key hit are operating on more-or-less the same playing field and quality level.

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