Earlier this year, we had the chance to review a DVD from FishFlix.com that my husband and I really enjoyed, so when another opportunity came up, I knew we'd have to take a look at the DVD offerings. This time, my daughter chose a DVD that she'd been wanting to watch - Do You Believe? - and was very excited when it arrived!
FishFlix.com is an online store stocked with thousands of Christian and family-friendly films at great prices. The titles include drama, apologetics materials, children's titles, and educational and documentary films. The company is owned by Lukas Media, a family owned business seeking to honor God with hard work, good service, and quality products. As I mentioned in my previous review of Exploring Ephesus, the selection of DVDs is quite extensive, and it wasn't hard at all to populate my wishlist of many titles that I'm interested in!
Well, this time I let Kennady take a look at the list of DVDs available for review, and she chose Do You Believe?, which is a drama from the creators of the movie God's Not Dead. It was released earlier this year in theaters, and features an all-star cast that includes Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Brian Bosworth, Lee Majors, and Cybill Shepherd. The story follows twelve different people looking for meaning in their lives, and as they come in contact with each other, they discover the power in the cross of Jesus Christ. A local pastor is challenged by the bold faith of a street-corner preacher and the question:
Do you believe in the Cross of Christ? What are you going to do about it?
This pastor realizes anew that true belief requires action, and that faith should move believers to step out of their comfort zone and to take bold and sometimes painful steps to show love, offer forgiveness and hope, and to proclaim the saving power of the cross. As he responds, his own journey impacts many others in amazing ways, and God works in and through their lives.
Kennady watched the movie by herself, and I relied on her summary and thoughts on it, as a family situation prevented me from watching with her. She enjoyed the great acting in this high quality film, but admitted having a little trouble following all the different storylines of the separate characters; however, they do all come together in the end. The pastor, a gang member, a homeless mother and daughter, a doctor, a couple that has lost their daughter - these are some of the characters whose very different paths in life intersect in unexpected ways and are changed by their responses to the cross and the question "Do You Believe?".
- the pastor, Matthew, brings home a young pregnant woman in need of help, and although his wife is not happy at first, she is also moved to help.
- a believer, Joe, allows a homeless woman's daughter, Lily, to be seen ahead of him at the hospital, and then gives up his apartment for them to stay in.
- a gang member stumbles into a church service and repents. Later on, he passes on his cross to his brother just before dying, and the brother is faced with the choice to believe.
- a doctor declares Joe dead, but he is revived. Joe and the nurse tell the doctor it was a miracle, but the doctor does not want to believe it possible.
- an older couple who had lost their own daughter open their home to Lily and her mother.
- two young people who had been contemplating suicide meet and strike up a friendship, and both reconsider the value and meaning of their lives.
- in a climactic scene of a vehicle accident, several of the characters act heroically and selflessly in response to their choice to believe.
This is a powerful movie that will require a full box of tissues, but will challenge you to examine your own beliefs and how you live them out.
Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. ~James 2:17
Our bottom line: This is an excellent movie that Kennady really liked. She believes it would be a great choice for a youth group or any small group to watch together and to discuss. I am looking forward to sitting down and watching it myself!
Would you like to own this DVD or others from FishFlix? Here's what you need to know:
Visit the website: http://FishFlix.com/
Do You Believe? is rated PG-13, and running time is 119 minutes.
Pricing: Do You Believe? is currently available for $10.99.
Visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog for more information and to read other reviews. Crew members reviewed several different titles from FishFlix.com so be sure to check out all the reviews!
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