The Case for Christ – Review

My wife and I were finally able to watch Case for Christ now that it is out on Netflix.
Honestly, I had been avoiding it. I generally don’t like Christian movies and it usually is because of the acting or the production value or that the script is too predictable. It didn’t help that I saw that it was produced by Pure Flix.  Sorry, just the name Pure Flix drives me nuts for some reason.

So, my expectations were low –  I was very pleasantly surprised.

One – the production quality was definitely a step above past Pure Flix films.  Camera angles, cinematography  and scene development were more along the lines of what is seen in modern films.

Two – the script or story had more of a realistic tone to it than scripted Christian movies.  Probably because it was based off of a true story.

No doubt, this is the story about one man’s conversion to Christianity and the circumstances involved, so the theme is pretty much set out at the beginning.  Unless you are super naïve going in you know what this movie is going to be about.
The reason I state this is because of some of the reviews on IMDB are saying this is just straight proselytizing and then ranking it a 1 out of 10.
When you watch Sharknado  1,2,3,4,5 or 6 you know what you are in for. When you watch a movie called ‘The Case FOR Christ’ you should expect the overarching theme to be about someone making a case that Christ existed and that He was who He said He was.

If you want a realistic re-enactment of how many people become a Christian then this movie is for you.

If you want it to answer all of your philosophical questions and convince you beyond a shadow of a doubt then you will have to dig deeper for your own ‘evidence’.  This is Lee and his wife’s story and the path that they followed.   If it is a part of your path then maybe you should try and get a hold of Lee.  I am sure he would walk you through the evidence that convinced him personally.

I appreciated that the movie portrayed the details of the marital struggle for both Lee and his wife.  Life is messy and belief rarely comes without a price.  The acting was believable.

How much was the movie actually like the events in Lee’s life?  Who can tell, but I could identify with and ‘feel’ at least some of the emotions portrayed in it.

Will this movie make someone rethink their belief system and possibly consider the case for Christ in the marketplace of ideas?  I think that it just might and Tim Keller’s book ‘The Reason for God’ would be a good follow up to explore further.  For those whose night table is covered in Hume, Russell and Camus and you are not open to consider Christ then this movie is not for you.  Don’t bother watching it and commenting on it.  It is not worth your time.

One last thought.  I opened twitter today to find out this:

LONDON (AP) — Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday. She was 46.

Life is short.





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