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Reel Review - God's Not Dead 2
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In this edition we look at:

God’s Not Dead 2

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Drama

Distributor: Pure Flix

Producer(s): David A.R. White, Michael Scott, Elizabeth Travis, Brittany Lefebvre, Russell Wolfe

Directed By: Harold Cronk

Writer(s): Chuck Konzelam & Cary Solomon

Runtime: 121 minutes

Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A. R. White Hayley Orrantia, Ernie Hudson, Sadie Robertson, Robin Givens , Fred Dalton Thompson, Maria Canals-Barrera, Pat Boone, Ray Wise


Canadian Leaders Give God’s Not Dead 2 Rave Reviews!

“This is a powerful film that reveals the depth and reality of the on-going attack on the Christian faith. Drawing upon actual events, the story and characters present a highly dramatic portrayal of how a teacher refuses to give into intimidation and stands by her faith and, in doing so, proves once again that God’s Not Dead. A film well worth experiencing.”- Focus on the Family Canada

During the month of March, Pure Flix Entertainment hosted a series of influencer screenings for God’s Not Dead 2, giving Canadian leaders a sneak peek of the sequel to the highest-grossing independent faith film of 2014 in the U.S. v With the film already receiving strong, early interest among consumers, evidenced by a massive social media fan base of over 8 million Facebook followers, the screenings were filled with key influencers in Abbotsford, Red Deer, Saskatoon and Waterloo, eager to see the film before it releases across Canada on April 1, 2016

What are Canadian leaders saying about God's Not Dead 2?

“God’s Not Dead 2 is even better than God’s Not Dead…if that’s possible!”

“The movie moved me to stand up for my faith”

“Thought-provoking and VERY enjoyable…please make more of these movies!”

“Fantastic movie! A must see for everyone!”

“God’s Not Dead 2 covers a relevant issue that needs to be addressed. It’s a good reminder that the fight is not against flesh and blood.”

“This movie builds solid, evidence-based proof for God and hits it out of the park!”

“Truth will prevail. God is not dead!”

“What an extraordinary film! It’s an extremely well done presentation of Christians standing up for their faith and freedom of beliefs and speech.”

“An excellent movie with a powerful Gospel message of challenge and hope to followers of Jesus”

“God’s Not Dead 2 is a powerful presentation of the truth of the Gospel”

“An eye-opening, faith-building movie that presents a convincing argument”

“God’s Not Dead 2 is an incredibly powerful film that depicts the struggle to live out our faith in a society that values what Christianity fights against. A remarkable message of hope and courage”

“Excellent, authentic and heartwarming”

“Intense, inspirational and truly empowering to believers of any age”

“This is a faith-affirming and faith-challenging, feel good movie.”


The film focuses on a Christian teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) who must fight for her job and her reputation when she mentions Jesus when answering a student’s question in her public-school classroom. Her refusal to apologize leads school district officials to enlist a zealous civil liberties group to find her guilty of violating the “separation of church and state.” The film reflects elements of other true stories of people persecuted for their faith as seen in the news story from last fall in Katy, Texas when a 7th grader spoke to her school board after her teacher said God was a myth.

Watch the trailer (below)



Returning to the fold

GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 isn’t your typical sequel: There’s more going on here than the original cast returning for further drama, comedy or action and adventure. Here, an entirely new cast of characters primarily takes center stage – with a handful of key players from the first film reenlisting to continue their journeys in a storyline that once again explores the cost and courage required to stand for your Christian faith in an increasingly hostile culture.

Those GOD’S NOT DEAD characters returning in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 include Rev. Dave, played by actor, producer and Pure Flix founding partner David A.R. White.

“The thing I like about his character is all of us have struggles,” White explains. “In the first film, he felt like he was on the shelf, that God wasn’t using him, that his life didn’t have a purpose. And then, of course, we find out at the end of it what an important thing God had for him to do.

“So in this film we’re kind of carrying along his journey. Being a pastor in a small town, there’s not a lot of applause going on. You’re not seeing huge miracles every day.”

But the Rev. Dave of GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 is a man of renewed faith and commitment to his calling. This is evident when Martin Yip (Paul Kwo), the college student who became a Christian at the end in the first film, seeks out Rev. Dave to ask him some deep questions about his newfound belief.

“He’s trying to find his place in the world in his new faith,” Kwo says. “Martin represents our search for an intelligent Creator, an intelligent faith. That’s his journey. He’s asking all these interesting, crazy questions – he’s got 147 of them right from the beginning. And it’s only growing longer and longer. And this pursuit for intelligent answers, it doesn’t end.”

Another returning character who ended the first film thinking differently about God is Amy Ryan (Trisha LaFache), the aggressive atheist journalist whose life is rocked by a cancer diagnosis and whose lack of faith is challenged by her unlikely encounter with the award-winning Christian band Newsboys. Amy also picks up in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 with some questions about Christianity, although hers are a little less intellectual and a little more experiential than Martin’s.

“She started to turn the corner a little bit in that first film, and we wanted to explore that a little more – what happens with Amy in the next chapter of her life,” says Harold Cronk, who directed both films.

Key to her journey in the new film is that her cancer has gone into remission – and she finds herself, after turning to God in crisis, not entirely sure where to turn when the crisis at least appears to be over. She determines to focus her journalistic talents and passion on what it means to truly embrace the Christian faith – and along the way winds up covering the trial of public school teacher Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart), whose battle to keep her job after being sued for mentioning Jesus in class forms the main plotline of the picture. Amy also finds herself in contact with members of Newsboys, again, as she struggles through determining what she truly believes about Christianity. “It’s not completely clear in the beginning where Amy is going to end up,” LaFache teases. “But it’s a fun journey to watch.”

And, of course, Rev. Dave’s return would not be complete without his reteaming with Rev. Jude (Benjamin Onyango), his upbeat and optimistic friend from GOD’S NOT DEAD.

“We’ve kept the tone with those guys – that lighthearted banter,” director Cronk explains. “They really just want to serve the Lord and do everything they can to build and promote the Kingdom.”

But once again, Rev. Dave finds himself a bit perplexed by a situation God has led him into: He ends up on the jury in the case against Grace Wesley.

“He doesn’t understand why these things are happening to him. Why does he have to go on jury duty?” White says. “You know, nobody wants to go on jury duty – but for such a time as this God has a specific plan in the little details. And, in the end, this thing that he didn’t want to do ends up being for God’s glory.

“That’s so important in all our lives,” he adds. “If we say, ‘Lord, use us wherever we’re at, today,’ we’ll be amazed to see what God does.”

A FULL CANADIAN THEATRE LIST CAN BE FOUND HERE