I Still Believe is a new faith-based romantic movie, based on the real romance between Christian music star Jeremy Camp (played by KJ Apa) and Melissa Henning (Britt Robertson). The movie was released in cinemas on March 13, just as cinemas across the U.S. were closing due to coronavirus. With its theatrical release cut short, the movie is now coming available to stream on a number of digital stores.
This was something revealed in a statement from directors Jon and Andrew Ervin. It read: “We are heartbroken that we can’t share I Still Believe on a big screen the way we intended.
“We make movies because we love movies and we stand firmly behind the nation’s theater chains, from the largest circuits to the smallest mom and pop indies that have been so dramatically affected by these unprecedented closures.
“But the safety of guests comes first, and we’re proud to have the opportunity to share online a movie whose inspiring message of love, hope and faith is perfect for these uncertain times.”
Fans of the movie can watch it now on a number of platforms. These include Apple TV, Google Play and Amazon. The PG movie costs $19.99 to rent on the latter platform, in both standard and high-definition versions.
I Still Believe is just one of many movies fresh from cinemas that have now been released online. Other films released onto digital platforms due to coronavirus include Disney Pixar’s Onward, Elisabeth Moss movie The Invisible Man and Frozen 2.
When I Still Believe was released in cinemas, it received middling reviews from critics. The Hollywood Reporter summed up many of the notices when it said: “More often than not, I Still Believe feels like the cinematic equivalent of the sort of Christian pop songs its main character performs, filled with soaring choruses and heavy-handed lyrics. Every emotion is telegraphed to the hilt, with results that feel more manipulative than affecting. The fact that it’s a true story only partially mitigates its more cloying aspects.”
I Still Believe is not the only Apa project to have been affected by the global pandemic. The actor plays Archie Andrews on Riverdale, which halted production earlier in March after a member of the crew came in contact with someone who had the virus.
However, the series has a number of unreleased episodes in the can that will air on The CW in the coming weeks. Though the series is currently on hiatus, Riverdale is due to return to The CW on Wednesday, April 8.
I Still Believe is available to stream now on Apple TV, Amazon, Fandango Now, Google Play and Xfinity.