Skip to comments.‘I Still Believe’: Christian Movie Trailer Boasts 8.5 Million Views Before Opening
Posted on 02/24/2020 5:25:38 AM PST by Kaslin
Many in Hollywood routinely mock religion and poke fun at worshippers. But an upcoming Christian film, I Still Believe, is challenging that trend by winning over the media even before its release.
The film, directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin and distributed by Lionsgate, is based on the love story of award-winning Christian singer Jeremy Camp and his first wife, Melissa. Its star-studded cast includes KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise. Although the movie doesnt hit theaters until March 13, the YouTube trailer already boasts more than 8.5 million views. Its also making headlines as the first faith-based film to be shown in IMAX.
With its accomplishments, the film captured the attention of the media, including Forbes senior contributor Scott Mendelson.
Even in a time when more movies get the IMAX Experience, I Still Believe qualifies as a special case, he wrote February 11.
In the trailer, Jeremy Camp, played by Riverdale star KJ Apa, introduces his fiancée Melissa, played by Britt Robertson.
Earlier we had some tough news, his character tells a packed auditorium from the stage, as he strums on his guitar. Can we do something special for the most special person in my life tonight? Can we pray for her?
That tough news is likely Melissas ovarian cancer, which she suffered from in real life.
When Camps parents, played by Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise, question his decision to marry Melissa at a young age and with her cancer diagnosis Apas character urges, Im supposed to be with her. I cant explain it, I just know that.
He later declares an unconditional love for his bride.
I want you to know that whatever this is, and wherever it takes us, that Im with you every step, every moment, Im with you, he says in the trailer. Im in.
To him, shes not the victim, but the strong one.
With their love story, co-director Andrew Erwin told Christian Headlines that he hoped to reach a broad audience.
We're trying to give the church a tool that they can use to reach their community, he said in a piece published February 19. So it's definitely still engaging the church but for a different purpose. It's to reach out beyond the church walls.
And theyre accomplishing just that. Everyone from womens magazines to entertainment news sites are already hyping the film.
In December, Seventeen fellow Jasmine Gomez listed I Still Believe first in her 7 Most Romantic Movies Premiering in 2020 piece.
Last month, Vanessa Jackson wrote for E! News that It's clear from this trailer that both KJ and Britt have an undeniable chemistry that is sure to make this film a classic romantic film for years to come. It's a love story for the ages.
And when the trailer first came out in August, MTV associate editor Jordyn Tilchen predicted that the film will probably have whole theaters of people in tears.
From the looks of the teary trailer, tissues will need to be on hand when the film hits theaters, agreed Entertainment Weekly correspondent Ruth Kinane.
Bustle writer Jake Viswanath added that the trailer looks like a musical take on The Notebook, and it'll have your eyes watering before you even step into the theater.
While the story centers on Jeremy Camp, the actor who plays him, KJ Apa, has played a role in drawing attention to the film with his millions of fans.
According to the 22-year-old New Zealander, who identifies as a Christian, the movie is about "journeying through your biggest fear and coming out on the other side and still loving God, the Christian Post reported in November.
Apa rose to fame after starring as Achie Andrews in The CWs Riverdale series. At the time, he spoke with Elle magazine about how he handled the new attention.
I'm a Christian, so my relationship with my spiritual side and relationship with God is everything to me. And my family, he said in 2017. I guess being on the show does change things a little bit. But I don't really think it changes you, your character, unless you allow it to.
I hope people, after seeing the love between Jeremy and Melissa, think, I hope that I could one day be in love like that, Apa added, according to the Christian Post.
Its a love that, in many ways, appears to be rooted in another, bigger love story one of Gods divine providence.
If the movie is with Gary Sinise it has to be good.
This life is a brief sojourn. The beauty and joy of heaven await us when the time is right.
Gee! The trailer had me in tears!
I guess I'll take a bucket to the movie.
It is God Who will get you through it all!
I love to go to theaters to see these wonderful Christian movies, just to give the ratings a boost and confound Hollywood. It’s merely to send a message that people want good, decent, clean movies.
Just watched the trailer, and this looks absolutely AMAZING!!
We haven’t been to a theater in years, but will definitely go see this one.
Hoping this does huge box-office and sends a clear, strong message to Hollywood that we want good, quality movies like this and less of the total crap that they’ve churned out since the mid 90s or so.
Me too. Every hour. Every second.
God has a good sense of humor
And He can take all the abuse you can hurl at Him and still love, guide, and save you!
You don't even have to believe in Him. He's there; that will never change.
But if you want guidance, love, salvation, comfort, and answers, it's wise to turn to Him for all of it.
As for prayer, He knows, better than you do, what's in your heart, all your secrets, and all your longings. Whether or not it is your intention for your heart to be open to Him, nevertheless it is. He is always with you. He always knows what's in your heart and mind. And thus, life is prayer.
Go for it!
Yes, after all the sleaze and degeneracy that are paraded before us—and our children!—constantly, it’s nice to have something wholesome to look forward to.
These films are definitely moving up in quality of actors as they’ve shown they can hang.
One of my favorite Jeremy Camp songs, This Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C_BBl6T2Jk
But with Hollywood, money and fame is not the issue.
“The issue is never the issue.
The only issue is “The Revolution”...Alinsky.
There is a great Christian movie opening tonight, Feb 24 and 25 ONLY.
This film follows Dave Eubank of the Free Burma Rangers as they bring help, hope, and Gods love to those on the front lines of war. They are true Christian warriors. I have been honored to walk a few jungle trails with these fine men and women. This is an inspiring film and the most exciting Christian documentary you will ever see. Check out the trailer at:
You can go to www.fbrmovie.com for tickets and more info.
My tag line is from the motto of the FBR.
“While the story centers on Jeremy Camp, the actor who plays him, KJ Apa, has played a role in drawing attention to the film with his millions of fans.”
Talk about the importance of a “comma”, like in the second amendment.
Blah, blah, blah, KJ Apa, blah, blah, blah
This misuse of commas makes it confusing as to which person is the actor and which one is the music artist.
I never heard of KJ Apa. I’ll bet most people never heard of Jeremy Camp. I listen to Contemporary Christian Music so I know who he is.
The two commas isolates the name KJ Apa, so you don’t know which half of the paragraph it relates to. This makes the sentence it is in confusing.
The second comma is in ERROR. Without it, KJ Apa is then clearly associated with what follows and separated from the previous part.
These are URINALISTS! I think they went to school for this stuff! (unlike me, who failed English grammar in high school)
Powerful passion in there.
That’s what you take from this article?
The Russ Taff version. :)
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