He Is Risen Indeed!
Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton,
Cliff Curtis, Maria Botto,
Frida Cauchi, Peter Firth,
Stephen Hagan, Antonio Gil,
Mish Boyko, Stewart Scudamore
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 107 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Executive Producer: Scott Holroyd, Jose Luis
Escolar, Robert Huberman
Producer: Patrick Aiello, Mickey
Liddell, Pete Shilaimon
Writer: Kevin Reynolds, Paul Aiello
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RISEN is about a Roman soldier and non-believer, who hunts for Jesus Christ’s body, not realizing that Jesus has risen from the dead. RISEN is almost like the follow up movie to Mel Gibson’s THE PASSION, with some war violence and killing, but with a powerful Christian, biblical worldview promoting the reality of Jesus Christ’s physical resurrection.
Clavius is a Roman Military Tribune often called by Roman Governor Pontius Pilate to lead missions. In fact, Clavius made sure the Roman soldiers crucified Jesus in the correct manner. The Pharisees come to Pilate and tell him that the soldiers need to watch Christ’s tomb, because of the prophecy that Jesus will rise from the grave. The Pharisees obviously do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah who will Rise again, but rather believe that Christ’s followers will steal his body in order to make the prophecy seem true.
When Clavius sends some soldiers to the tomb, they fall asleep on the job. Next day, the soldiers say that Christ’s body is not in the tomb any more. Now, Clavius is at fault for not making sure the job was done to protect the body. Pilate tells Clavius he must find Jesus’ body, so Clavius decides to dig up all the dead bodies from the past few days.
Even the stench of dead bodies does not faze the hard heart of Clavius. Lucius is learning and assisting Clavius. He finds one man who knows about Jesus’ followers. The two bribe the man to give them info. When they find Mary Magdalene, she tells them they can’t find Jesus body because He has risen from the dead. After more and more followers come to Clavius, he wonders if this message could be true. Will Clavius literally see the truth?
RISEN is a dramatic, epic movie about Jesus Christ rising from the dead. The movie is well done, with excellent suspense, great acting and excellent production values. This is not a movie for a younger audience, but is more for teenagers and adults. There is war and violence. Therefore, caution should be applied.
Some elements of the movie toward the end could have been cut, but overall, RISEN is a very well done movie. It tells a powerful story with a realistic portrayal of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, with a strong Christian, biblical worldview. RISEN is a really good movie to bring a secular friend, because it shows a skeptical non-believer coming to faith.
That said, like almost every movie about Jesus Christ, the movie captures the essence of the biblical story while dramatizing it with some added dramatic elements. For instance, a Roman watch was four guards who would have rotated every four hours, but dramatic structure requires focusing attention on the main characters. Also, Mary Magdalene was most likely not a prostitute, but the tale of her being one is not likely, but not substantiated in the Bible. Even so, RISEN is a powerful, evangelistic story of the Resurrection; so, tell your friends the rest of the story in the Bible, or ask them to read the Bible.
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RISEN is a dramatic, epic movie about Jesus Christ rising from the dead. The movie is well done, with excellent suspense, great acting and superb production values. RISEN has a strong Christian, biblical worldview promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, including the Resurrection. It tells a powerful story with a realistic portrayal of Jesus Christ and His Gospel. RISEN is a really good movie to show non-believers and skeptics who mistakenly don’t believe that Christianity is true.