Movie Review - The Case for Christ
Mike Vogel (Under the Dome and Bates Motel) stars as Lee Strobel, an award-winning investigative journalist who is a proclaimed atheist in 1980 when this movie takes place. Lee becomes a Christian as a result of interviewing these evangelicals, but the real thrust of this movie is his relationship with his wife who converts to Christianity before he does and he can't accept it.
Erika Christensen (Parenthood and Swimfan) co-stars as Leslie Strobel, Lee's wife and mother to their two children. She's in fact pregnant with their second child at the start of this film. A near death experience compels her to go to church where she becomes a believer. Her conversion is chalked up to a feeling and not any true examination, which is problematic but can't be disputed nor reconciled.
The message of this film, directed by Jon Gunn (My Date With Drew and Like Dandelion Dust) and written by Brian Bird, is that two people with different beliefs can't be happy together. They must have the same beliefs in order to make a marriage or a loving relationship work, which is false and unneeded drama here.
Rated PG for talk of crucifixion and smoking.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 52 mins.
Available on DVD / VOD.