God’s Not Dead *Dir: Harold Cronk. With: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A. R. White. 113 mins. Cert: PG
Rush-released for Easter, this warped evangelist item – a perturbing US sleeper hit – proceeds from a semi-credible dramatic framework in initiating a debate between a pious student (Shane Harper) and his atheist professor (erstwhile Hercules Kevin Sorbo, an unlikely proponent of Bertrand Russell). The multi-stranded content lurking beneath its soft rock and sundappled telemovie sheen, however, veers from the suspect (see the would-be Christian beaten by her Muslim father!) to the outright hateful: by the jawdropping climax, wherein a preacher is effectively granted divine right to mow down non-believers, “doing God’s work” has become indistinguishable from Grand Theft Auto. Ban this sick filth.
God's Not Dead opens in selected cinemas from today.