Brad, yes, there is no denying the role that movies, TV programs, the media in general play in affecting people. We see it all the time in all types of films and programs, religious and secular. They can have a great influence on our values, how we think, feel, spend our money, etc., sometimes in good ways, sometimes in not-so-good ways. In any event, we are being influenced, and it's always good to be mindful of how easily influenced we can be. Geesh, Wall Street advertisers are so good at it that we don't even realize we are being manipulated most of the time! We are fond of a particular jingle on a commercial, for instance, and subconsciously we buy that product when there probably isn't a hill of beans difference between it and the competitor's (except maybe the competitor's is a little bit cheaper!)
In any event, if this particular movie has any impact on folks beyond an initial emotionalism, which I think it very well may have, on a few at least, then I think it was worth producing. And aside from that, it did impress me as a masterfully done film that could be appreciated even by the non-religious who appreciate a well put-together film. It is extremely violent though, and I wouldn't recommend it for children or the squeemish. A friend in work told me that she had difficulty watching "Gangs of New York". I told her she shouldn't see this one then.