Now available on all viewing formats (Blu-ray, DVD, 4K and Digital) is the romantic drama, I Still Believe.
I Still Believe stars K.J. Apa, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise, Shania Twain, and Nathan Parsons. It’s based on the true life story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp.
I did not know prior to watching this film (I received a free screener) that this was based on the singer’s life. I also was not familiar with Jeremy Camp (I do not listen to Christian music). Knowing that the film is based on true life events, makes it that much more entertaining… because you want to find out how it ends. I’m guessing if you are fan of the singer, you probably already know how his story ends.
Back in 1999, Jeremy Camp (Apa) leaves his home in Lafayette, Indiana where he resided with his father (Sinies), mother (Twain), and two younger brothers, to head off to college in California.
Jeremy doesn’t waste much time getting into the social life. The night he arrives he attends a concert by the band, The Kry. Backstage he meets the lead singer, Jean-Luc (Parsons) and the pair become fast friends over their love of music. Also that night he meets a close friend of Jean-Luc’s, Melissa (Robertson). Jeremy learns that Jean-Luc has a “thing” for Melissa, but the feelings are not mutual. She loves him as a friend, but nothing more.
It’s apparent from the beginning that Jeremy has a crush on Melissa, but Melissa won’t allow her to feel the same towards Jeremy because she doesn’t want to upset Jean-Luc.
As time passes, Jeremy gets into song writing, singing and singing at concerts, all with the help and support of Jean-Luc and Melissa. Jeremy and Melissa’s attraction for each other could not hide anymore, and Jean-Luc stumbles in on them and their secret is out. Melissa is seen running out after him.
It would appear that Jean-Luc and Melissa are no longer friends with Jeremy when he returns home for winter break. That is until he receives a phone call from Jean-Luc about Melissa that will forever change his life forever.
What is the life changing event? Will Jeremy and Melissa end up together? What about Jeremy’s budding career? Will he ever become a record selling singer/songwriter? To find out you need to purchase or rent I Still Believe. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented.
I don’t want to give away too much of the story line. I’m sure if you Google it, you can learn more. But let me leave it at that.
I would also recommend tissues. Lots and lots of tissues.
If I didn’t know that this was based on a true story, I would think some of the parts to the story might seem a bit far fetched, like a deadly disease being entirely cured by the power of prayer. I’m NOT saying it can’t happen, I’m just saying that its a lot to think about.
The story was interesting. Sad, but interesting.
The acting was well done. I was surprised to see country singer Shania Twain as Jeremy’s mom. I didn’t know she could act.
The actors were all believable, especially with their emotions. They certainly made you feel for them and their situation.
If you like Christian music, you’ll enjoy this film. There are several songs featured in the film, including the song I Still Believe, which is the title of the film.
Since I saw a screener, I am not sure what bonus features will be available on Blu-ray or DVD.
The film is rated PG and has a run time of an hour and fifty seven minutes. To be honest, I think the movie lasted a bit too long. I think they could have cut it down a bit. I think it could have worked well if it was only ninety minutes long.
The songs were nice. Not really my “cup of tea,” but they were nice none-the-less.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
Did you see the film? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to comment.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.