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It features all of the familiar elements from the two previous films: a persecution-complex, an 'us vs. them' attitude, and visions of the brave faithful going up against a hostile secular society.
The third chapter in the conservative Evangelical franchise known for its flabbergasting box office success might have learned some Christian humility. OK, not much humility. But on this map's legend, an inch equals a mile.
A Light In Darkness isn't as offensive as the first film-it lacks the requisite misogyny and Islamophobia, and does a better job of looking like it's almost a real movie-but it's not far behind, an emblematic film for the foul moment.
Less strident than the two surprise hits that preceded it, but it still tells a programmatic story, rooted in presumptions.
These movies are fundamentalist propaganda aimed at people who are convinced their religion is under attack in this country just because it doesn't exempt them from the Constitution.
While God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness proves less fiery in its preaching than its predecessors, it's also a significantly duller offering.
Of course, presenting their ecclesiastical characters as people without money and without influence is a fallacy, starting with the very existence of the film. [Full Review in Spanish]
The greatest offense of the God's Not Dead series may be its failure to imagine for its audience what a truly radical belief in a living God would look like.
Instead of of a raging bonfire of heinous idiocy, it's really just a clunky, bad movie, and that's just not as much fun.
Altogether, God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness means well, but it needs to drop the editorializing, streamline its story and let its message stand on its own.
To its credit, this third GND installment earnestly attempts to give some degree of lip service to diverging perspectives on the socio-religious-political scale without too much proselytizing, although there's never any question about whose side it's on.
'A Light In Darkness' is 'The Last Jedi' of 'God's Not Dead' movies
Perhaps the best of the series, God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness is a religious drama that tackles provocative and controversial social issues. When a university uses an arson attack on a historic church as an excuse to remove it from the campus they set off a legal battle about religious liberty that ignites the passions of the community. Unlike the other two films in the series (which have an ensemble style), the plot focuses on one central story. Yet it still manages to address many of the issues that the Church and Christians are dealing with in an increasingly hostile culture. Also, David A.R. White proves to be a pretty good actor and capable of being the lead; which is a considerable step-up from his supporting roles in the previous films. God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness is a nice capstone on the trilogy that's spiritually moving and compelling.
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