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The Case for Christ


(2017)

Journey of an Atheist Journalist

Genre: Biography
MPAA Rating: PG
for thematic elements including medical descriptions of crucifixion, and incidental smoking
Studio: Open Road Films
Runtime: 112 minutes
Our Rating:
Directed by: Jon Gunn
Cast: Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster, Haley Rosenwasser
Review by Diana Saenger

In the past few weeks I have attended several films based on true stories and each with a faith element. Not only have I enjoyed them, but been exceptionally pleased that the theaters were full. The Case For Christ was among these. It’s based on the true story of Lee Strobel (Mike Vogel), an award-wining journalist and atheist. When an event in a restaurant endangers his daughter Alison; the outcome and changes in his wife Leslie (Erika Christensen) sets him off on a journey to prove there’s no God and Jesus never rose from the grave.

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Mike Vogel

His wife and Alison (Haley Rosenwasser) begin going to church with the nurse from the restaurant that was there for Alison. Lee becomes very angry about all the religious things he’s hearing from his wife and sets off to journey in the Bible land and prove Jesus never rose from the dead. Also he scouts those who might be able to shed a light on his investigation. He meets with doctors, archeologists, experts on religion and a shrink (Faye Dunaway) to find out if it’s he who has a problem. To his surprise she raises the subject about problems he has had with his father (Robert Forster).

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Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen

The cast is great. Vogel shows how Mike is mad, angry and determined to prove his theories; but he is respectable in following his boss’s suggestions. Christensen creates a woman divided in honoring her husband or her Lord, and does a good job at both.

Thanks to Pure Flix Entertainment (God’s Not Dead movies), Brian Bird’s screenplay and Jon Gunn’s direction, the movie is engrossing and happily reveals how faith can change lives. The film was shown in two different forms, a regular movie or a Fathom Event production. This was interesting as at the end there was a Q & A live with audience members able to tweet questions to the actors who answered them to the theater audience. Strobel’s hardback book about this story came out in 2007. He has softcovers and written study guides available now. The Case For Christ is still in theaters and considering since April 20 it’s already made $9,776,709; it’s a move not to miss.

Recommended Audience:
Believers and non-believers