Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
Daniel dives into Disney's package films in the latest episode of Ink & Paint - click here to listen now!x
review, I Still Believe, I, Still, Believe, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, home entertainment, DVD, Blu-ray, K.j. Apa, Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh, Gary Sinise, Nathan Parsons, Abigail Cowen, Shania Twain, Tanya Christiansen, Cameron Arnett, Reuben Dodd, Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin film rating

I STILL BELIEVE

★★

FAITH ROMANTIC DRAMA MISSES EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC

ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT
LATEST REVIEWS
By Chris dos Santos
1st June 2020

While its effect on the Australian box office hasn't been as impactful as the American, over the past six years the success that Christian films have been having is unheard of. When Purefilx released 'God's Not Dead' in 2014 and it ended up grossing $64 million on a budget of $2 million, the pearly gates where opened and every studio jumped on the religious bandwagon. The following year 'War Room' did something unheard of and topped the U.S. box office, 'God's Not Dead' received two sequels, and countless others defied box office expectations including movies like 'Do You Believe?', 'The Case for Christ', 'Miracles from Heaven', 'Breakthrough' and the overly star-studded 'The Shack', which roped both Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer into the genre. For the most part, these films where bad - if you where someone of faith, they were a fine confirmation, but for everyone else they were propaganda. That was, until 2016 with 'I'm Not Ashamed', which focused on the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre. The film didn't handle any aspects of the massacre tastefully, and was criticised for using tragedy to push a religious agenda. Along with the 2015 film 'Voiceless' in which a man, to quote the official synopsis, "risks his marriage and new ministry job by opposing an abortion clinic"... I don't think I need to say anything more about this one, but the box office gold of the Christian genre was starting to unravel, quickly.

'I STILL BELIEVE' TRAILER

But of course, the genre stayed afloat, and 2018's 'I Can Only Imagine', based on the "hit" song, grossed $86 million (which sadly is more than 'Love, Simon' took in, which opened alongside it), proving the genre still had legs. A spiritual sequel was quickly greenlit, this time focusing on the writer of the song 'I Still Believe'. This time, box office gold was in sight - hiring teen heartthrob KJ Apa in his first theatrical leading role would make for an instant hit, right? Coronavirus said no.

Jeremy Camp (KJ Apa, TV's 'Riverdale', 'A Dog's Purpose', 'The Hate U Give') leaves his Indiana home for college in California. On his first night there, he meets a member of Canadian Christian band The Kry and they become friends, as well as pushing Camp into a singing career. That same night, they go to a beach party where he first sees Melissa (Britt Robertson, 'The Longest Ride', 'Tomorrowland'), and the two start a relationship. When she is then diagnosed with Stage 3C cancer in her liver the two become closer, and through the "power of prayer" she is healed - but the cancer comes back and gets worse, leading Camp to question his religion and write his first "hit" single 'I Still Believe'.

'I Still Believe' is the crème de la crème of both generic religious and romantic films. Its biggest failure is trying to be both, but it appeals to neither. If you're a teenage girl who wants see KJ Apa they don't want to be preached at; they get enough of that at school (plus 'Riverdale' has more shirtless shots).

'I Still Believe' is the crème de la crème of both generic religious and romantic films. Its biggest failure is trying to be both, but it appeals to neither. If you're a teenage girl who wants see KJ Apa they don't want to be preached at; they get enough of that at school (plus 'Riverdale' has more shirtless shots). If you're spiritual, the film won't reaffirm anything, as it's missing those stereotypical faith scenes. The film is pulling more from 'The Fault in Our Stars' than anything else, and what's left is just a bland shell. Sure, if you're an easy crier and you're looking for something simple, 'I Still Believe' is a quick fit, but if you're looking for something more substantial it's best to go elsewhere.

For the fourth time, poor 30-year-old Britt Robinson is miscast as a freshman college student. It was uncomfortable in 2015 with 'Tomorrowland', and it still doesn't work in 2020. She is a very talented actress; I just wish she was handed better roles. Fun fact: this is her second time working with Apa, who was also her love interest in 'A Dog's Journey'.

'I Still Believe' is just another forgettable romantic film, and thankfully it's also forgettable in the religious film genre. It has a tonne of issues from pacing to story, but it's just a boring film that is unappealing to all the demographics it tries to hit. It's so forgettable that I just remembered Shania Twain plays KJ Apa's Mum. 2020 truly has been a ride.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: TBA
RUN TIME: 1h 57m
CAST: K.j. Apa
Britt Robertson
Melissa Roxburgh
Gary Sinise
Nathan Parsons
Abigail Cowen
Shania Twain
Tanya Christiansen
Cameron Arnett
Reuben Dodd
DIRECTORS: Andrew Erwin
Jon Erwin
WRITERS: Jon Gunn
Jon Erwin
PRODUCER: Kevin Downes
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Never Rarely Sometimes Always - The film every teenager needs to see
TRENDINGNEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYSThe film every teenager needs to see
xXx: Return Of Xander Cage - The good, the bad and the ugly
TRENDINGxXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGEThe good, the bad and the ugly
The Bill: The Complete Series 1 - 4 - Hit the beat and go back to where it all began
TRENDINGWIN THE BILL: THE COMPLETE SERIES 1 - 4Hit the beat and go back to where it all began
About A Boy - All grown up 15 years on
TRENDINGABOUT A BOYAll grown up 15 years on
Fraggle Rock: Collection Two - The much-loved classic series remastered
TRENDINGWIN FRAGGLE ROCK: COLLECTION TWOThe much-loved classic series remastered
Romantic Road - Falling in love with India, the Rolls Royce and each other
TRENDINGROMANTIC ROADFalling in love with India, the Rolls Royce and each other
Wet Woman in the Wind - A sexy struggle for conquest
TRENDINGWET WOMAN IN THE WINDA sexy struggle for conquest
Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse - Fairly brainless
TRENDINGSCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSEFairly brainless
Future Man: Season 3 - Saving the universe one last time
TRENDINGWIN FUTURE MAN: SEASON 3Saving the universe one last time
God of the Piano - A tale that tickles the ivories
TRENDINGGOD OF THE PIANOA tale that tickles the ivories
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale - An extremely silly zomedy
TRENDINGTHE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALEAn extremely silly zomedy
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
After We Collided - Wattpad returns to the screen for slightly better, still dumb, results
TRENDINGAFTER WE COLLIDEDWattpad returns to the screen for slightly better, still dumb, results
Burning - One of the best films of the decade
TRENDINGBURNINGOne of the best films of the decade
Revisiting 'Dark City' 20 years later - The most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
TRENDINGREVISITING 'DARK CITY' 20 YEARS LATERThe most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
25 Free-to-Watch Short Horror Films - The scariest shorts we uncovered online
TRENDING25 FREE-TO-WATCH SHORT HORROR FILMSThe scariest shorts we uncovered online
The Pickup Game - A confronting reveal of the pickup industry
TRENDINGTHE PICKUP GAMEA confronting reveal of the pickup industry
Jungle - A true story told poorly
TRENDINGJUNGLEA true story told poorly
Basic Instinct - 25 years of the erotic thriller
TRENDINGBASIC INSTINCT25 years of the erotic thriller
23 Walks - A story of dogs, walks and romance later in life
TRENDING23 WALKSA story of dogs, walks and romance later in life
© 2011 - 2020 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us