First, this is the best Pure Flix movie made to date. Now, before you say that doesn't mean anything, let me just say, I understand. But I know they will keep getting better (exception of course for the God's Not Dead trilogy), and this movie helps them set a positive direction for great filmmaking. What could have gone awry from a cheesy acting, over-preachy, stereotypical, boring film really never happened. This film honors atheists and tells the story of Jesus in a way that had me saying "yes". And it wasn't because it's the version of Christianity that I wanted, but it's because it was truly moving. It felt like what Christianity is meant to be. A journey of us pursuing God, yet the real pursuer is God Himself. It's amazing how the film didn't have to preach - it flows naturally. Great job to the crew on this film - they saw the details they needed to see and I would definitely watch it again. *I rewatched this movie on 11/19/17 with my wife on our 27in, and it was once again very compelling and powerful. The way they move in and out of scenes is really well done, Mike Vogel (lead actor) is seriously a champ, and the movie ironically helps me see atheists in a better light. My wife and I would certainly have loved to have seen the lead character talk with at least one or two more atheists, so that the film isn't so entirely one sided, but that's not its purpose. I considered down-grading the music to a 3.5 (instead of a 4.0) because it's pretty basic upon rewatching it, but I'm going to keep it at a 4.0 because even though the music isn't anything special it is well placed and well paced in the story.
The Case for Christ
The Case for Christ
A touching and real journey from disbelief to faith
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Great job casting! Wow, Mike Vogel (lead actor) is a gem. Just like they (Pure Flix) found an amazing actor in Caleb (Woodlawn) they did it again here. Such believable scenes. Also, great diversity in the actors. Awesome.
I felt like this film really honored both sides. Whereas God's Not Dead kills off an atheist, this film makes atheism legitimate. The struggle with faith is real, it doesn't feel acted.
Surprising how this film actually had well done music. Even if it was stock at times, it matched the story. "Carry on My Wayward Son" was semi forced, but also very cool in a Christian movie.
This is why great books get made into movies. It offered a beautiful outline and the crew really helped bring it to life. It felt like the Strobel's were really involved in this to help in the reality of the story.
Besides it not ever being filmed in Chicago (where it's supposed to be), I loved the visuals. The scenes were set up beautifully.
I give props to the set designer. This felt like the 1980's and they went the lengths to have it feel right. I'm proud of this film.