hillsong-let-hope-rise-2016-poster-02Hillsong: Let Hope Rise chronicles the spectacular and unlikely rise to prominence of the Australia-based Christian band, Hillsong UNITED. Directed by Michael John Warren, the film follows the band as they labor to record their next album and explores the history of Hillsong, a 30-year journey from a tiny church in the Sydney suburbs to a vibrant international ministry. The movie culminates in a transformational concert experience spotlighting the humble hearts behind this worldwide sensation.

Release date: September 16, 2016
Studio: Pure Flix
Director: Michael John Warren
MPAA Rating: PG (for some thematic elements)
Genre: Documentary
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Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 60%, based on five reviews, with an average rating of 6/10.

On Metacritic, the film received a weighted average score of 47 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.

CinemaScore reports that audiences gave the film an average “A” grade, on an A+ to F scale.

In contrast, however, Influx Magazine film critic Steve Pulaski gave the film a D+ grade, saying, “Sloppy in structure, with concert sequences that fail to captive, it all feels overcooked in the way that if you already know and love Hillsong United, you’ll appreciate what the film tries to do, but if you don’t, this film won’t do a very good job convincing you nor selling you their product. Not to mention, at the end of it all, one can’t help but feel that the whole Hillsong approach, while pleasantly contemporary and a key instrument in getting the younger generation in-tuned with Christianity, continues to neglect the real aspect of ministry and being saved in the same way the televangelists gloss over that in hopes to get your almighty dollar.”

Andy Webster
New York Times
“God created music for the sole purpose to connect the human heart, our soul, with heaven,” Joel says. Perhaps, but these tunes won’t keep you awake.

Rafer Guzman
Newsday
A one-note documentary on a one-note band, though fans may enjoy getting screen time with their favorite members.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
Though there is undeniable uplift to the performances and Warren builds to a suitably inspiring crescendo, the film’s hybrid format may prove frustrating.

Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
It may be one-sided, but it’s also genuinely moving, even to the viewer who doesn’t share the band’s world, or not entirely.

Dave White
TheWrap
It may even be the one Christian film that properly reaches out beyond its built-in audience, accomplishing the goal of Evangelicals everywhere: actual evangelism.

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PRODUCTION NOTES

Hillsong: Let Hope Rise is a 2016 Christian documentary film on Hillsong United. It is directed by Michael John Warren. The film was released on September 16, 2016, by Pure Flix Entertainment after several delays.

Plot

The film chronicles the unlikely rise to prominence of the Australia-based Christian band Hillsong United. Their music is so popular it is estimated that on any given Sunday, more than 50 million churchgoers around the world are singing their songs.

Release

Directed by Michael John Warren, the film was originally supposed be released by Warner Bros. during the 2015 Easter weekend. In March 2015, Relativity Media obtained the distribution rights and the film shifted to a 29 May release. In April, Relativity moved the film to 30 September 2015. However, after Relativity Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the film was moved to an unknown release date. The film was later picked up by Pure Flix Entertainment and the film was released on September 16, 2016.

CAST/CREW

CAST & CREW

Directed by Michael John Warren
Produced by Jonathon Bock, Ben Field, Matthew Weaver
Music by Hillsong United
Cinematography Cameron Glendenning
Edited by Edward A. Bishop

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