Unsurprising and emotional, I Still Believe is a weepie film at its core. The overdramatic camera movements, overexaggerated plot and oversentimental music reveal a true story trying too hard. Solid lead performances soften those mechanisms but not by much.
The film, directed by the Erwin Brothers (Andrew and Jon) and written by Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn, is based on the real-life experiences of Christian rock singer Jeremy Camp as detailed in his book of the same name. Broadly, it’s a story about love and faith. Jeremy (K.J. Apa) meets Melissa (Britt Robertson) in their early college days, but both are tested spiritually and emotionally when she is diagnosed with cancer.
I Still Believe prefers a general emotional sweep over a deep dive. It spends a reckless amount of time within the first two acts on fluff scenes. We witness their meet-cute, their montage of holding hands, and the subplot of a nemesis that’s an all-around swell guy.