By Leah Marianne Klett
The Pure Flix film “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness” will be released in theaters nationwide on March 30. Why not prepare for this exciting event by watching the previous films in the franchise, “God’s Not Dead” and “God’s Not Dead 2,” for free?
PureFlix.com, the streaming service created by Pure Flix, offers the first month of service free, giving viewers the option to see some of their favorite films without having to pay, including their biggest hit “God’s Not Dead” and its sequel.
With more than $140 million in international revenue, “God’s Not Dead” is one of the most successful faith-based films in history. “God’s Not Dead 2” also saw success in its own right; released in theaters in April 2016, the film earned an estimated $8 million, taking the fourth spot at the box office that week, according to boxofficemojo.com.
David A.R White, actor and founding partner of Pure Flix, explained that every “God’s Not Dead” film attempts to both address hot-button issues currently affecting society and spark necessary conversations.
“[The films are] based on what’s happening in our society right now,” he said. “If you watch the first two, you see all these court cases that were happening at the time. That’s our hope, that it’s current and relevant.”
While part one and two of “God’s Not Dead” took place in a classroom and courtroom, respectively, “A Light in Darkness” features an entirely different storyline. This installment follows “Reverend Dave as he is released from prison to a flurry of controversy. The growing social unrest leads to Dave’s church being burned down, a fire with tragic results,” according to the film synopsis.
“Devastated, Dave is launched on a painful spiritual journey as he fights against the university trying to keep him from rebuilding his church, and as his belief that “God is good all the time” is put to the test. Along the way, Dave enlists the help of his estranged atheist brother who will support Dave in his legal fight, but also challenges him to recognize that sometimes fighting doesn’t require defeating those we disagree with, but rather finding a way to heal, and to rebuild,” it continues.
White said that this film, in particular, will examine the age-old question, “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?”
“To answer those question organically and from truth is hopefully what all of these movies have been about,” White said. “I think by showing both sides…we’re trying to bring these conversations out, and we’re trying to bring them out in a real, organic truth. That’s what we’re seeking, is the truth.”
Also featured in the film are actors John Corbett (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) who plays Pastor Dave’s estranged brother, Pierce; and Jennifer Taylor, Pastor Dave’s new love interest, Meg. Additionally, Ted McGinley (Thomas Ellsworth), Academy Award-winning actress Tatum O’Neal (Barbara Solomon) and Benjamin Onyango (Reverend Jude) are part of the cast. The film is being produced by Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Brittany Yost, Alysoun Wolfe and Liz Travis.
Pure Flix offers their streaming service for an affordable at $10.99/month ($99.99/year), but viewers can take advantage of their 30-day free trial now and watch “God’s Not Dead 2” along with a vast selection of other family-friendly offerings. To sign up, visit www.pureflix.com.
Pedetin Daniel, Sao is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Polytechnic, Ibadan. He presently works with an online based education news organisation in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria. Daniel is a gospel teacher, drama minister, writer and a counsellor passionate about raising youth fit in the hand of God to bring revival.