“Do You Believe” is the story of twelve people and how their lives intersect. Some of these people are followers of Jesus Christ – they believe – and some do not. Some who do not believe come to believe. Some who do believe have their faith impacted by those who do not believe. The story ends with a dying man miraculously coming back to life and a voice over narration that lets us know God is at work in all our lives and it’s up to us to believe or not.
I truly love the concept of this story; however, the complexity of telling twelve different stories at the same time takes its toll on the authenticity of the events depicted. Much of what we see is only a caricature of the real world and fairly unrealistic. As a result, you may be pulled out of the story and left unfulfilled. My suggestion is that you watch this film with the understanding that it is not “real life” but a concept of the intricacies of our world and how God is working in each and every one of our lives on a daily basis. If you watch with that point of view, and with those lowered expectations, I believe this film will have a powerful deep impact that will touch your heart.
There is some good acting in this film from Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, and Delroy Lindo who plays my favorite character in the film – a street preacher. This is a darker story about how difficult life can be; punctuated by the understanding that God is ultimately in control.