God on Trial Reviews
During WWII, six million Jews were slaughtered by the command of Adolf Hitler. A group of Jews are transported to Auschwitz, where they will undergo a death sentence. Waiting for the inevitable, one young Jew asks the question, "where is our God?" It is an obvious question, one that any normal human being would ask. The Jews were given a covenant by their god long ago, that he would always keep them safe and deliver them. Chaos soon ensues. Several of the elder Jews call out, "blasphemy!" In order to resolve their doubts, the men decide to hold a trial. They put god on trial.
As with any Masterpiece Classic, the performances are top notch. Everyone gives a masterful, powerful performance. Stellan Skarsgård leads the trial, Stephen Dillane and Rupert Graves on either side. Witnesses are called, stories are told. Among the crowd are deeply religious, and some are non-believers. Rabbi's, physicists, and even a non Jew come together to put god on trial. Aside from the great performances, the film is beautifully shot an well made. It briefly shows you a glimpse of the horrors of Auschwitz. It was a cruel place, full of suffering and misery.
The film isn't really about arguing for the existence of a god. In the end, god is pretty much assumed to exist by nearly all of the inmates. The point of the film is: has god kept his covenant, and is god good? Many familiar arguments are brought forward. Learned men of the Torah bring forth the stories of god's deliverance of their people. Then the harder propositions are brought forward. Do they deserve punishment? Did they commit a wrong act against their god? Have they sinned? Questions of free will, science, and logic are proposed. The final ten minutes of the film showcase the final verdict. A brilliant speech is given, and they come to a decision.
"God On Trial" is a brilliant film from start to finish. It calls many things into question about god and religion. Many thought provoking questions are raised, and the conclusion is inevitable. The performances are amazing, the script and dialogue are strong, and the direction is sound. This is a must watch for anyone who is interested in these kind of thoughtful films.
If you like holocaust related films this is one to check out.
The dialogs are pretty well developed! The arguments both defense and prosecution part are great. I really like the film.
The premise is simple. Prisoners in an Auschwitz Camp talk about their situation, and some wonder why god has forsaken them. They end up holding a "trial" of sorts, with god being accused of breaking the covenant.
Even though the debate is primarily about Jewish people and the Torah, it's really the exact same debate taking place all over the world. Why would a benevolent, all-powerful god allow such horrific things to happen? Especially to his "chosen" people?
I like that the debate included input from all thought processes, from the truly devout, to non-believers.
The background of the death camp, and what we know happens there, adds a sense of urgency to the proceedings
I would recommend this to everyone, as more people should be exposed to the questions asked here, and really should be asking them of their own beliefs.
With stunning performances by Stellan Skarsgard, Dominic Cooper, and Rupert Graves, 'God on Trial' is a necessity for anyone who is interested in history of any kind, and also for anyone who likes films. It's a genuinely good film, and a genuinely needed watch.
and read all the storys - im speassly amused by the mormons hahaha, and the jews (stupids)and the muslims (stone fom god hahaha ye right)and cristianety - the story goes aroun for the first time 2080 BC!!!!! copycats