Sean Astin, notably known as lovable hobbit Sam Gamgee in “The Hobbit,” and other legendary actors challenge audiences on many levels in the movie. “Do You Believe ?” Lee Majors, Cybill Shepherd, Mira Sorvino and a cast of notable actors are due to be seen in this movie for the big screen in March. The trailer for the movie is in itself compelling.
Pure Flix Productions has produced this movie for theaters, following the success of their hit movie “God’s Not Dead.” On February 27, in correspondence with Movieguide® that honored “God’s Not Dead” at their recent Movieguide® awards gala, further exclusive information about this next Pure Flix movie has been revealed. Like the movie “Crash,” the story of this film follows a dozen people moving in different directions who all long for something more. Their lives unexpectedly intersect around one important question, “Do you believe in God?” They each discover that there is power in the Cross of Christ, even if they don’t yet believe it.
Sean Astin as Dr. Farrell, questions the existence of miracles and attributes his patients’ recoveries to his medical skills. However, families see their loved ones healed from “incurable diseases” and believe God worked miracles. A pastor’s life is transformed one night by a street preacher who challenges him to do greater things with his belief in God, when he shows the pastor the Cross of Christ. The pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of the old street-corner preacher, who reminds the pastor that true belief always requires action. His response then ignites a faith-fueled journey, which powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate. This stirring new film is more than a movie in that it challenges all with the question that all must answer in their lifetimes, Do You Believe?
The movie, directed by Jonathan M. Gunn, follows the 2014 movie film ‘God’s Not Dead” that grossed more than $60 million on a $2 million budget. “It is our hope that the film’s compassionate and convicting message will create the same passion and conviction that “God’s Not Dead” did for audiences,” said David A.R. White, an actor, producer and founding partner of Pure Flix. The rousing Newsboys song, “We Believe” is expected to be seen in this movie.
On February 27, in an exclusive, substantial, thought-provoking interview with Liam Matthews of “Do You Believe?” it has become clear how timely the challenge of this movie is. Liam is one of the leads in the ensemble cast for the movie. He is an American film producer, actor, and art director, as well as a founding partner in 10 West Studios and EMC Productions. His company 10 WEST helped produce this movie.
In responses to questions about the audiences to whom the film will appeal, Liam shared how the gritty, honest, authentic twelve story lines and characters will have a universal appeal. The range of stories and characters provide something and someone with whom a wide range of people can identify.
In answer to questions about timely themes in the movie, Liam said the story line of his character, who is a paramedic who cares for a dying man, reveals the themes of the high costs of not compromising and the values of balancing doing the right thing with graciously caring about the hearts of others.
So following the interview, it has become clear that stories, characters and themes in the movie of belief demonstrated by action and the power of the Cross are multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, and multi-layered in this movie. While raising the bar of artistry in film, this movie will raise the bar in its challenge to the character of each audience member in its honest view of the high costs of doing what is right in actions and relationships with others.
This penetrating and compelling movie is for every man and woman, for any time, and for especially such a time as this.