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The Case for Christ (2017)
It is true because the Bible says so
Steven Pinker once said that if you have an ideology you shouldn't read books that reinforce your ideology. Instead you should read books that contradict your ideology. Perhaps you will find out that you are wrong.
Well, I am not a religious person. But following Pinker's advice, I decided to give this movie a try. What can I lose besides my lack of faith, right?
The Case for Christ may be a little better than God is Not Dead when it comes to plot and characters. At least we don't have Kevin Sorbo as the staunch, always-moody atheist who hates God. Instead we have Lee Strobel as an skeptical reporter who (shocker!) will eventually become a Christian after learning about the existence of Christ and his resurrection.
If someone thinks that Strobel found evidence that Jesus was real, or that God is real, that person is wrong. Strobel himself, being a reporter and having been involved in court-cases, should know that any other case not involving religion would throw his evidence in a garbage can. It says so in a book, so it is true does not prove anything, and neither does what he feels about his faith or anyone else's. Feelings are not facts and neither are books. Otherwise, we'd find ourselves concluding that Islam, Christians, Hindus, Jews, and Mormons are all right, and all you need is a little logic to know that you can have multiple facts being true all at once.
In the end, The Case for Christ preaches to the converted. In the process, it adds sad music to the background to appeal to your emotions, and perhaps bring a few tears out of your eyes. As for me, I think it is a festival of flawed logic, and poor evidence concealed as undeniable facts.
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
I am not a fan of 10 Cloverfield Lane because it is just a movie about two people held captive by a maniac. If you were expecting a monster, 10 Cloverfield Lane was one hell of a disappointment.
The Cloverfield Paradox makes its predecessor look great by comparison. As soon as you start watching this film, you get the feeling that you are watching a science fiction B-movie, with a few good actors thrown in (same feeling I got while watching The Vault, and noticing James Franco was in it). Except that this is a Big Budget release. Or is it? Because everything seems to have been made with a low budget, and, unfortunately, that includes the script.
Yes, the script is horrid. Most of it involves people inside a space station, where bad things happen after they activate a particle accelerator. Space and time are torn apart (and so is the plot), and they end up in another dimension, and monsters are transported to Earth. What kind of bad things happen? Well, someone loses an arm, and the arm can move around by itself and even write on its own. How? It is not explained. And, of course, some people start to die. Reality has been seriously altered. It seems the movie found a way to throw ideas randomly into the film without having to explain them any further, like one of the characters vomiting maggots he never swallowed.
Cloverfield Paradox successfully turned the script into a paradox. It answers nothing about the previous Cloverfield movies. In fact it does not even seem to belong to the same universe. If you liked Alien: Covenant, then perhaps you will like this mess. Otherwise, just go watch Pandorum, Europa Report, or Event Horizon. Once you finish watching Cloverfield Paradox, you may want to watch one of those three film anyway.