How does this 2002 film, about an unfolding alien invasion of Earth, use the premise to explore faith, the problem of evil and the differences between fundamental world views with regard to meaningful coincidences? How does the film’s pivotal conversation between Merrill and his brother Graham, a former Reverend who had lost his faith, illustrate these two views, and what events in the film lead Graham from one to the other perspective? How does the film engage the question of whether God can fully eliminate pain and suffering? How does the film tap into and play with pop-cultural themes involving extraterrestrials, media coverage, and pay homage to War of the Worlds?

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