Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?
That is the question that Kirk Cameron sets out to answer in his newest movie Unstoppable.
I was given a copy to watch and review from Flyby Promotions Blogger Network and Dominic and I sat down together to watch it a few nights ago.
I had heard a lot about the movie before it came out and was interested to say the least. The question “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people” is a question that I have asked myself on occasion!
The movie was made because Kirk faced the death of a 15 year old friend of the family. Interestingly, Matthew Sandgren, the child who passed away, grew up in South Dakota. He got cancer when he was 5 and fought it for 10 years until he went home to meet Jesus.
Apparently Matthew was a strong Christian and made it his goal to share Jesus with others so that they could meet in Heaven again someday.
So why then? Why does God “let” someone like that die at such a young age?
That is what Unstoppable tries to answer.
The movie starts at the very beginning. The creation story. God and man, and then a woman. But sin enters in….It was interesting to me how they chose to depict the serpent in this movie (I won’t spoil it…you will have to watch for yourself)
Because of the fall, sin and evil, and a recognition of shame enters the perfect garden.
It is the start of the answer to the question….
I will say this – for someone who knows the Bible, attends church etc., this movie was pretty “basic”. It covered some of the more well known stories of the Bible, but in an understandable way – to reach a wider audience. After watching we both felt that this was possibly made to target that specific audience.
At the very end of the movie Kirk tries to wrap it all up – to answer that question. I understood where he was going and what he was trying to say…but I have to be honest I felt like I wanted more.
If I were the parent who had just lost a child and came to this seeking an “answer”….would I have walked away from this movie confident in God’s plan? I don’t know.
Dominic has read a lot of C.S. Lewis books and he tackles this issue from just about every angle there is, in a very detailed way. I guess that is what I expected in this movie.
I agree though that “spin”, if you will, would be too much for a non-believer and may turn them away….so this movie is a start.
Having said all that, I do know this. God’s love for us IS Unstoppable. The movie touches on that. Having been through trials and hardships and come out alive and praising God – I believe He is a God that is for us…not against us.
**Contest has ended – Congrats to Kate!! You are the winner of your own copy – I will be in contact with you! 🙂 **
Have you seen Unstoppable yet? Would you like a copy for yourself? Flyby Promotions has one copy to give away here! Just leave a comment why you would like to see the movie – or who you might give it to and your email address! A winner will be chosen on Friday February 7th!