Saturday, February 27, 2016

Movie Review --- Risen

We enjoyed this movie - a truly different telling of the Easter story through the eyes of a Roman soldier, Clavius.

Clavius, played by Joseph Fiennes, was tasked with the job of finding the body of Jesus after his crucifixion, so that the Sanhedrin could prove that the resurrection prophesy was wrong.  The movie takes on the feel of a missing persons investigation, totally different from other religious movies before.

I'm not sure if the movie was totally true to the scriptures, and I'm sure they took some liberties with this story to make it more "Hollywood", but it was very interesting.  I was so afraid that we were going to end up having to watch another crucifixion like the one from the Passion of The Christ.  That movie totally traumatized me.  Thankfully, while the crucifixion is a part of the movie, it's not depicted in quite as traumatic a way.

During the investigation and questioning of many witnesses and followers of Christ, Clavius begins
to question his role in life.  Finally, after being confronted with undeniable proof that Christ has indeed risen, he has to make a life changing decision about what he will do about it, along with Christ's remaining apostles that he spends time with.

It got me to questioning and trying to remember what actually happened to the apostles after Christ's death. I'm sure most payed a heavy price to preach about what they knew.

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