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COLLISION: Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson (2009)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: LEVEL4
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M3SHTO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,038 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The documentary COLLISION pits leading atheist, political journalist and author Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything) against fellow author and evangelical theologian Pastor Douglas Wilson on a debate tour arguing the topic “Is Religion Good For The World?”.  Lives and worldviews collide as Hitchens and Wilson wittily and passionately argue the timeless question, proving to be perfectly matched intellectual, philosophical, and cinematic rivals.  COLLISION is directed by prolific independent filmmaker Darren Doane (Van Morrison: To Be Born Again, The Battle For L.A., Godmoney). 

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131 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp. Intelligent. Insightful. September 11, 2009
I was lucky to see an advance of 'Collision'. Hitchens is at his best and Wilson is his perfect foil. It was so refreshing to hear two intelligent, passionate and knowledgeable men able to have a meaningful debate/discourse without it degenerating to any disrespectful level - (especially in these current times).

The evolution of their debate and discourse is also quite interesting. It could just be good editing, but I believed these men listened to each other and were often challenged to not rely on their standard answers and thoughts. The debate increases in enjoyment because of it. It was also refreshing to see them often agree with one another, on completely different merits - (not fundamentally of course).

My level of respect has risen for both of them. Whatever your belief system, or lack thereof, this film will challenge some of your ideas. I highly recommend it.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Collision of Lives August 25, 2009
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I saw a pre-screening of "Collision," and it was fantastic. Douglas Wilson and Christopher Hitchens don't beat around the bush. It's not your typical debate - both are calm, poised, witty, educated, and sharp. This is a film that people from both sides of the debate can enjoy.

You will quickly realize that this debate engages the surrounding culture and arguments of pathos and ethos, and not only the logical arrangements that have become characteristic of both atheists and Christians. As Wilson said, Christopher is a "public intellectual; the only intellectual that matters."

I highly recommend it! It makes a great gift too, and is a perfect conversation starter.
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative and Insightful: A great docudrama October 15, 2009
By Alex
Last week my wife and I were able to view the film Collision: Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson. As expected, we found both Hitchens and Wilson to be witty and intelligent, even charming. The movie is put together well, giving the viewer the highlights of a series of debates that Hitchens and Wilson held over the last year immediately after co-publishing Is Christianity Good for the World?.

Somewhat surprisingly to me, Hitchens' main arguments are that religion is not necessary for morality (in fact, he says, it degrades it, as it is more commendable to love one's neighbor in the absence of divine instruction rather than because of God's commandment) and that the doctrine of vicarious substitution is perverse and wicked (because of the idea that one person, an innocent person, can bear the blame for another). As expected, Hitchens repeatedly mentions the Old Testament slaughtering of whole nation-states (men, women, and children).

Wilson presses hard on the lack of any basis for morality in Hitchens' atheistic worldview. His accusation is not that Hitchens is himself overtly immoral but that Hitchens has no basis for morality. Thus Hitchens, in strenuously claiming certainty, precisely about ethical matters, is borrowing Christian concepts while denying the Christian framework which validates those concepts.

All in all, a great film. Just a teaser: The interaction at the end is very interesting and surprising. Watch the movie, and then check out this 15-minute conversation that John Piper and Doug Wilson had about it.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing "Debate" But Could Have Been Better November 22, 2009
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This DVD is not a "debate" per se, but really a documentary *about* two people debating across the country. For that reason, don't expect this to be a 90 minute composition of prepared speeches from each side. And that's why I liked it!

The camera shifts back and forth between scenes from different debates, in the taxi on the way there, at the hotel rooms, at the dinner tables, where these two fantastic speakers have basically spent a whole week together. It's very entertaining watching them dine while suggesting ideas to each other.

In all fairness, I believe that Hitchens carries his point across more succinctly than Wilson. This might be because I am a huge Hitchens fan, but I really felt that the editing left Wilson's arguments incomplete. Or perhaps Wilson just isn't up to challenge Hitchens.

So, one reason I dropped a star from the review is that you never really get to hear a complete thought from start to finish -- on either side (but moreso Wilson) -- like you would at a debate. You'll hear the start of an argument, then it will change scenes to a bar or taxi cab for a different conversatino, then maybe if you're lucky you'll hear the middle of the original argument. Rarely does it seem the whole idea is presented.

The second reason is that the music is jarring and overdramatic, and gives a sense of intensity when it doesn't seem appropriate. I thought it was too loud in places, and made it difficult to hear what speakers were saying.

I hope that another documentary/debate DVD is released that does a better job of bringing the two styles together, is fairer to both sides, and doesn't try to be as artistic with the music. Until then, this is worth a watch if only to see Hitchens in a different venue than you normally would.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, outrageous and sometimes outside the lines November 16, 2009
By C. Coty
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This is not a watch it once kind of a flick. I showed it to a group of friends last night and although they were enthralled, to a person they said they'd need to watch it again. At times the "Blair Witch" feel made the argumentation difficult to follow. The format is clearly not your garden variety lectern styled stuffy debate. It's funny, exhilarating, challenging and thought provoking. "Is Christianity Good for the World?" Well, that's the question Christopher Hitchens (atheist) and Douglas Wilson (Christian pastor) attempted to answer.

The reasoning on both sides, anti-theist and Christian, was riveting and the music presentation was captivating. As a Christian, I must admit that I was extremely impressed with Hitchens. He was witty, thoughtful, at times self-effacing and often powerfully direct. He pulled no punches and his take no prisoners style should be an abrupt wake-up call to the Christian community. This man was on his game and has apparently had his way with Muslims, Jews and Christians. I'd venture to say that few Christians would survive the Hitchens' assault...but then again he's rather freakish in that his IQ is off the charts, he's got an incredible command of the English language and his reasoning skills were brilliantly startling.

Wilson was Hitchens' intellectual equal and was clearly not shaken by Hitchens' well-placed attacks on Christianity. On numerous occasions Wilson hammered home the theme that Hitchens had co-opted the Christian moral worldview, since he could not account for the origin of his own morality.

One particularly poignant moment where I felt that Wilson became super-energized and more forceful, came at the halfway point when Hitchens did the old tried and true "Jesus predicted he'd return in the lifetime of his disciples.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clash of Titans...
This is a great "behind the scenes" look at the series of debates between Hitchens & Wilson, and shows the development of a very real fondness between two men on opposite... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Breedlove
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well done.
Published 2 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
honest video all should see to make up your mind on your own
Published 2 months ago by dDeulus
4.0 out of 5 stars Good content, average production value
Fairly balanced treatment of the debates between Hitchens and Wilson. There is a healthy respect displayed by each man for the another and their debates, while spirited, are... Read more
Published 5 months ago by JP
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done.
Hitchens is marvelous! Wilson is amiable but woefully irrational and illogical. I enjoyed the movie immensely and have watched it a few times.
Published 14 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Film
A great showing of two amazing speakers who know their material well. I am amazed at the quality of this documentary and the insight into the minds of these two men. Read more
Published 15 months ago by medo
4.0 out of 5 stars A Collision of diametrically opposed worldviews
Representing atheism, Christopher Hitchens, prolific author and journalist, self proclaimed anti-theist, fearlessly representing the anti faith side. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Runner_Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary
Fair, blunt and honest. This is a great watch for people (atheist or Christian) who want to understand the deep faith driven arguments of both atheists and Christians. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Voltorp
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
I suppose it's worth watching for a Hitchens fan or someone interested and knowledgeable about the topic such as myself, but it's unsatisfying. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stutz
3.0 out of 5 stars Indeed a Collision but an enjoyable one
This is how two diametrically opposed views can collide in a civilized manner. I enjoyed their many tete-a-tete and felt that Doug Wilson had the compelling arguments. Read more
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Anything in here my kids should not hear?
"Anything in here my kids should not hear?"

Yes, everything the Christian says.
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