“God’s Not Dead,” a Christian-themed film about a professor who challenges a Christian student, has been a surprise hit at the box office, despite a number of bad reviews.
The film, which was made independently and stars former “Hercules” star Kevin Sorbo, generated more than $8.56 million in its first three days at the box office. A number of people who saw the film indicated they are members of the Christian religion.
The movie, however, has been panned by many as being too over the top or not well-made. On IMDB, the film has a rating of 4.6/10 and a 22 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating.
Pure Flix Entertainment CEO Russell Wolfe, one of the producers of the film, told conservative website The Blaze that he’s not bothered by the criticism.
“What the movie does is it silences [and] quiets people down in a dark room — and it takes them to a place that they won’t even let their best friend take them,” Wolfe said. “They’re asked that question.”
He said that the film is playing to the choir, adding “people know more of why they believe what they believe.”
A few days ago, Sorbo talked about receiving backlash over being an independent conservative in Hollywood, speaking of a “blacklist.”
“I mean I’m an independent in Hollywood. I’ve voted Democratic in my life, I’ve voted Republican in my life. I’m one of the few people I think in Hollywood who actually comes out and says ‘Hey, you know what, I vote for who I think is the best person, period,’” he said, according to BeliefNet.
“I’m not a party guy. There are people on both sides of the political fence that I don’t agree with. To me, I look to see who I honestly think is going to be the best person. So, that, in itself, is enough to get me blacklisted in Hollywood…They scream for tolerance, They scream for freedom of speech but it you disagree at all with what they’re saying then they can blacklist you. They have the power to do that.”