The Case for Christ (2017)
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The Case For Christ is pretty slow going, tedious rather than offensive.
Based on Lee Strobel's best-selling book, this religious-themed drama earns points for proselytizing in more narratively compelling form than usual.
Give credit to the filmmakers for making a faith-affirming picture that aims to be more thoughtful than maudlin. But what they've ended up with is a fairly rote Christian redemption narrative - albeit with more charts and graphs.
An intriguing faith-based detective story in which an investigative reporter becomes a true believer.
Unfortunately, the depiction of Lee's marriage as well as his investigation into Christianity presents two plot lines that feel disparate and neither appear fully realised.
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The Case for Christ is the fascinating true story about how an atheist's quest to disprove Christianity led him to the Lord. When his wife converts to Christianity after their daughter is saved from choking to death, investigative journalist Lee Strobel attempts to break her free by disproving Christ's resurrection, but he soon finds it to be harder to do than he expected. Erika Christensen and Mike Vogel are surprisingly good as Leslie and Lee Strobel, and the rest of the cast is pretty decent as well. And the writing does an impressive job at explaining the evidence in support of Christ's resurrection without getting too preachy or coming off as information dumps. Additionally, the film never loses sight of the character drama; staying focused on the Strobels and how they both struggle with the changes that Leslie's spiritual awakening has brought on. It's a little cheesy and melodramatic at times, but overall The Case for Christ is an inspirational film about the power of faith and prayer.
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