About this iReport
  • Not verified by CNN

  • Click to view gailpowell's profile
    Posted February 28, 2014 by
    San Diego, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What are you watching?

    More from gailpowell



    On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, a flock of the faithful, nationwide, secured nearly half-a-million tickets to showings of the new "Son of God" movie. Some groups succeeded in renting out theaters and even entire multiplexes for screenings of the revamped "The Bible" cable hit produced by husband & wife Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.


    Before the epic deluge that hit drought-stricken California with some much (prayed-for-rain) hit, crowds braved the traffic and surging patrons fervently flocked to the AMC Mission Valley 20 Theaters in San Diego where ALL 20 theaters in the multi-plex were packed to the rafters with congregants of The Rock mega-church, which sponsored this "Theater Takeover."


    I was one of those and though I never caught "The Bible" on cable (I can only afford the basic cable package) I so looked forward to seeing "Son of God." Being together with other Christians at the film also was reaffirming as watching the final ordeal Jesus goes through is very tough emotionally for me. And I am sure many others. The part of Satan was edited out of the film because his depiction too closely resembled our current President Obama. Though I could see how there would be some similarities, it was unfortunate that the producers did this because one of the main reasons the "Son of God: even took on an earthly form was to break the power of Satan and sin in the world and deliver sinners, of which we all are. Satan is a big part of the Jesus story, whether he looks like Obama in "The Bible" or not.


    Fox 5 News here in San Diego reported that "over 4,000 people packed into the Mission Valley movie theaters to watch “The Son of God.”


    Hundreds of more people were turned away, but "those who watched the film, based on the life of Jesus of Nazareth, were over joyed by the spectacle," Fox 5 said.


    “We teach this stuff every Sunday, but to see it and experience on the big screen speaks to everyone in a new way,” said pastor Miles McPherson of The Rock Church.


    Seeing all the behind-the-scenes intrigue play out in the film that caused the series of events that would coalesce into the crucifixion of Jesus was important .
    The back story of how political things were between the Romans, Jewish Priests and religious leaders made it understandable about how powerful people were so eager to stop the "trouble-making" power of our Lord and thus kill him to keep the so-called "peace."


    The Hollywood Reporter noted that "the world's largest Christian university, Liberty University, bought out an entire Regal multiplex near campus, where "Son of God" was shown on all 14 screens on the film's opening day. A spokesman for the Jerry Falwell-founded school tells The Hollywood Reporter that Liberty's giving away tickets by the thousands and emailed more than 100,000 people in the university community to promote the film.".


    "We think it's an extraordinary product and for Christianity we think it's an historic moment," Liberty senior vp communications Johnnie Moore said. "This is the first movie about the life of Jesus in 50 years. It would be beneficial to people all across the country to see this on the big screen."


    And the first of many to follow. In March, "Noah" featuring Russell Crowe is set to hit theaters. Although stories have come out that Christian focus groups did not like the ending and the director is being forced to reedit, I bet a second round of Christian Theater Takeovers will soon follow the wonderful one so many attended last night! Amen.


    "Son of God" opens nationwide on Friday, Feb 28.

    Add your Story Add your Story