Posted on 3/15/07 04:01 PM
"Did you get to the part yet where they say that science hasn't proven anything?"
Watching this movie was a great experience for me. I rented it at the whim of my best friend because he wanted had wanted to see it since I showed him the trailer of all those kids crying. Both of us are Christians and have been our whole lives and probably will be for the rest of it. Now that that's out of the way I'm going to use this review to trash the people portrayed in this movie with no mercy. Jesus had mercy; I do not.
Becky Fischer is a prominent figure in this movie as she is the sort of "ring leader" that organizes events for kids and constantly is preaching. In her heart she believes that the generation of kids out there now will bring a religious revolution to the country when they are older. Her views on pretty much everything having to do with religion are so warped it's almost laughable. 'Tis a shame you can't laugh because it's true. There is a scene near the beginning where she meets with a kid named Levi(one of the central persons). He tells her he got "saved at age 5 because he wanted more out of life." Are you kidding me? How many times must he have been beaten over the head with Bible to make him think that way? What were you doing at age 5? Going to pre-school and playing all day with friends? I bet you were you sinners.
There are a lot of scenes that show groups of kids just crying their eyes out while praying and such. I'm in no way a doctor, but to see these kids(let me remind you NONE of were teenagers) go through such emotional highs and lows before they're even in highschool is kind of hard to swallow. I remember one child in the movie who looked no older than 7. He got in front of the church in front of all of his child peers and basically said(not word for word of course!) that sometimes he didn't love Jesus enough and it almost looked like he was afraid because of this.
The evangelists in this doc are so extreme that they(Fischer) talk about Islam extremists giving their life for their religion and how they want their kids to be just like that; which bothers me. Near the end of the film Levi's parents talk about how they didn't have to force their kids to be how they are. Give me a break. My parents were Christian when I was born, so naturally I was raised as one. If you're parents are Evangelical extremists then how are they not going to do anything and everything in their power to make sure that you turn out the same way?
If I saw Becky Fischer on the street I'd give her a hard dose of reason and rationality. As for the movie itself? It's a decent doc, but there's really no point other than showing how wacko everyone was. It was a great source for discussion between me and my friend. We had a pretty good time with it. You should too.