Reviewed by: Aaron Westerfield
Death in the Bible
PHYSICAL HEALING—Is it guaranteed in Christ’s atonement?—“…with his stripes we are healed.” Answer
Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer
Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer
What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer
Does God feel our pain? Answer
ORIGIN OF BAD—How did bad things come about? Answer
Nicolas Cage plays EMS paramedic Frank Pierce. It is the early 1990s and New York has not yet undergone its renaissance of recent years. Surrounded by the injured and the dying, Frank is dwelling in an urban night-world, crumbling under the accumulated weight of too many years of saving and losing lives. The film follows Frank over the course of fifty-six hours in his life—two days and three nights on the job—as he reaches the very brink of spiritual collapse and redemption.
“Bringing Out the Dead” is a good movie, with good acting and good choices of actors that played the parts very well. As a paramedic, I can say one might have to be involved in the EMS system to understand some of the black humor, including some of the plot.
As far as a Christian perspective is concerned, there is a lot of swearing, violence and drug use by Cage among others (giving some idea of what some medics do to cope with job-related stress). There are sexual jokes, and one of the paramedics beats a patient (though unrealistic). If you are looking for a movie with a Christian perspective, this is not the one. It does, however, promote friendship (the only positive Christian factor in the movie).
Christians will be interested in one “healing” scene where a paramedic pretends to heal a patient suffering from a drug overdose. While he keeps the attention of onlookers, his partner gives the patient a drug that will bring him out of an overdose. It appears that the medic heals the patient through the power of prayer. While this is certainly possible through Jesus, there are no comments to the medics that God healed the patient; just a congratulations to the medics for doing a good job.
This film is interesting for those involved in emergency medicine. Others, too, may enjoy “Bringing Out the Dead.” All in all, a good movie with good acting! Beware, however, of the gritty violence, drug use and language.