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Suing the Devil Movie
A Christian Movie Review
A young Christian lawyer sues Satan. When he goes to court and expects to get a default judgment, Satan shows up ready to defend himself. The case goes to trial and Luke finds himself up against 10 of the best lawyers in the world. The trial unfolds as it is broadcast worldwide.
Interestingly, while the movie is about good vs. evil, it also reflects the sharp divides in our society today. Even the reviews are divided in good and bad, almost no one in between.
The movie became controversial when allegations surfaced that certain groups conspired to vote it down in online forums and making it available free for peer-to-peer download resulting in reduced revenues for the producers. The peer-to-peer sharing is clearly not just allegation, but reality. A YouTube search for the movie reveals that several results are removed due to copyright violation.
On the other hand, the controversy didn't stop there. There were also allegations that other groups exaggerated it's rankings in online forums. I could not verify reports that it ranked in the top 25 or even 100 on Walmart's movie site or had an A+ ranking on Yahoo.
It really is a quite mediocre movie. The message is good, though. Overall, the controversy possibly helped rather than hurt its revenue.
Suing the Devil - The DVD
Also available on one DVD and as instant video.
Suing Satan - Movie Trailer
Tim Chey, himself an evangelical Christian, started out practicing entertainment law. His purpose is to bring people to Christ so they may be saved. Suing the Devil is the sixth of nine Christian themed movies so far since his debut in 1997.
One of his early movies, Impact: The Passion of the Christ examines how that movie impacted the world. The Passion of the Christ arguably the most successful Christian themed movie in recent history. Unlike the vast majority of Christian movies the quality is fully on par with any other commercial movie of its time. Moreover, it managed to do what the others couldn't, bring non-believers into the theaters. No wonder Tim Chey thought it was worth his while to make a movie about it. After all, that's what he is all about, bringing the word to everyone.
Laura Story from the album Mighty to Save.
Anybody who is a fan of courtroom drama and intrigue. There is a little violence. Satan appears to kick a man in the groin with his knee. It is a little funny. At the end a little girl stomps on Satan's foot. Besides the courtroom drama, there is a little drama in the relationship between Luke and his girlfriend. The greatest part is probably Luke's unwavering faith that good will conquer evil.
That pretty much includes everyone except perhaps the very young.
It shouldn't be a surprise that reviews are about equally divided in good and bad. After all, it is a movie about good vs. evil.
Reviews range from "Words cannot express how grand this movie is" to "Makes Fireproof look like Dr. Zivago."
Reality is that all movies with a message like Suing the Devil also need to be commercially viable. They need to be able to bring enough paying customers into theaters to watch. If they can't do that, no one is going to hear the message no matter how compelling it may be. Suing the Devil does a nice job walking this tightrope. If the purpose was to entertain me, it did.