Movie Reviews: Divergent & God’s Not Dead

This past Friday, I went to the movies and saw two great films: Divergent, and God’s Not Dead.

Divergent, as you may know, is based on a popular teen’s novel by Veronica Roth. It’s about a dystopian society (of course) sometime in the future, in what used to be Chicago. The main character is a girl named Beatrice (Tris) Prior. The city is split up into five factions: Abnegation (in which Tris resides), which honors charity and selflessness; Amity, the faction of peace; Candor, which is all about honesty and justice; Dauntless, for the brave and daring; and Erudite, where the intelligent live. Tris and her brother must choose which faction to live in. To prepare for this, they and their friends are given tests to see where they belong. Tris’s tests reveal that she is something called “Divergent”, which is dangerous. Ultimately, Tris chooses Dauntless, for the brave. I won’t say much more, but let’s just say there’s suspense, action, a little romance, you know. Everything you want in a teen movie.

The acting is fantastic. Shailene Woodley plays Tris, and boy, is she good. Do you want to know what I first saw Shailene Woodley in? Freaking Felicity: An American Girl. And now she’s in basically the new Hunger Games, AND is starring in the other movie based off a popular book for this year, The Fault In Our Stars (And NO, I’m not going to see it, because I know what happens and I can’t stand sad endings!!!!!). She’s come pretty far, am I right?

But you all probably know what a good movie Divergent is, because it’s so popular. I’d rather focus on the other movie I saw, God’s Not Dead. It’s about a college kid whose philosophy professor forces his class to sign a paper saying “God is dead.” But the kid is a strong Christian and refuses to sign the paper, so the professor makes him debate him in class over the matter. If the kid loses, he fails the coarse.

It’s a movie about faith. The film also involves an Indian girl whose traditional Muslim father will not allow her to practice Christianity, an faithless reporter diagnosed with cancer, a businessman who has lost his morals, and others. Even though a few sad things happen in the film, there’s ultimately a happy ending. The kid’s endeavor ends up touching many lives, including that of his bitter professor. It’s a highly uplifting film, and I encourage all Christians to not only see it, but invite their friends whose faith is struggling. Even you don’t believe in God, it’s a wonderful story.

Well, until next time, my friends.


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