I'm probably the only weirdo who would actually review this movie. This is like reviewing a church service, it's weird for all of us, but I saw this "film" in a theater so...I'm afraid that counts. First, this was called a "national family meeting" and was strongly geared toward already committed followers of Jesus. I've gone to many Christian conferences in the past and I can tell you that the $15 ticket was well worth it compared to the conference ticket prices of $200-$500, let alone airfare/accommodations/etc. What I'm trying to say is that you should think of this more like a mini conference than a movie. Although Kirk Cameron has a love of hate relationship among Christians, he honestly has a very caring heart. You can tell this thing is his baby. And he does do a good job leading us through the biggest issues facing us as believers and as a society. The phrase/subtitle "national family meeting" is so key to understand prior to watching this because just like your own family meeting there's not like some neighbor sitting in your house giving his perspective on the world. The conversation is very one-sided. However, the people Kirk got to be there really elevate the conversation. Ravi Zacharius is a true hero of mine. I just wished Kirk would've handed him the mic and let Ravi talk. It was also a very long family meeting, but aren't they all. All jokes aside, this was encouraging and timely for Christians to find unity in Christ.
Revive Us 2
Revive Us 2
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Kirk's decision to lead the thing by always having to interview people wasn't necessary. I wish there could've been prepared talks as opposed to only a prepared Q&A.
Other than not voicing the other "side" on any issue, which there wouldn't have been a lot of time for, the content was great and timely.
There were a couple testimonial moments where the music kicked in and it was loud. They definitely needed to level this thing. It would've been nice to have music playing when Kirk was delivering his 30-min sermon at the end. Four live songs were so well done!
The topics were spot on for what I was wanting to hear leaders/experts speak about. Great job there! The limited time the speakers got vs Kirk was a bit frustrating and the timing of the overall "film" was very long, but I also had popcorn so that bought them at least 20min.
Keeping in mind that this was filmed "live", I will lessen my critique, but I was still surprised by the set up of some of the camera angles and some of the noise I was catching from the cameras' resolution. There were several moments where the connection gliched, and you could tell they didn't rehearse more fully, or even at all in some cases.
I know this isn't the first Christian conference broadcast in such a manner, but I'll tell you that this should seriously be considered by larger conferences as a viable way for audiences to engage with helpful content - I didn't even get paid by Fathom for saying that. Wow. I'm proud of Kirk for making this and I would just plead with him to change up the name for next time, we can't be making trilogies out of streaming conferences.