Awesome movie. Kind of took me by surprise. (by McKenzie_Bryant)
I just came back from seeing Risen, and I have to say, I was actually impressed. This is a very well made movie. They handled the biblical story respectfully, while taking creative license in a way that maintained the spirit and overall message of the gospel. To anyone else considering making another film based on the bible, please take note of this film. This is how it's done. No rock creatures to be found here. Just a wonderful film that tells the story with excellence and dignity. I absolutely loved this movie, and fought tears during the 2nd half. I eventually lost that battle, and I <more>
heard other sniffles in the audience as well. So be prepared. By the way, someone please nominate that Roman guard in tavern for an award.
Powerful Acting and Writing Give an Old Story New Perspective (by kris-127-901192)
Risen is a well done action movie with strong writing of an old story in a fresh new way. Please don't waste your time picking apart the theology. All direct quotes from the Bible were accurate and powerfully depicted. It is a FICTIONAL account through the eyes of Pontius Pilate's right hand man Roman tribune Clavis. No, Jesus and the disciples did not hang out with a Roman after the resurrection. We all know that. It deviates from the Biblical story to show a different point of view and they do it graphically and with a great connection to the audience. This movie pretty much picks <more>
up where "Passion of the Christ" left off. They unabashedly told the story from the end of the crucifixion into the full-on resurrection, into the ascension and traveled with Christ into Galilee with the disciples all the way to the ascension. Somehow it was not hokey or silly. They did it well. I highly recommend you go see it while it is still in theaters. The scenery was beautiful.
a very well done inspirational story that will hit home for every Christian (by IronBallsM)
A movie that, in many ways, could very well be the sequel to The Passion of The Christ. Unlike many other Christian made films, it's very well done with the performances being superb. Everything feels authentic and the production values are top notch. The story itself will hit home with every Christian that watches the film and is basically split in to two arcs. Both arcs are from the point of view of what is basically Pilate's right-hand man. The first half of the film confronts how he deals with the events of Easter Sunday morning and the aftermath. The second half is all about how <more>
he deals with what he has learned and what the early ramifications of the Resurrection means to everyone involved.It's inspiring and blends very well Biblical events with instructive narrative. It's very easy to believe that the days following the Resurrection played out in a similar fashion. This film will become a Lenten classic to those of faith.
Well made movie on a smaller scale! (by mstienlee)
I love this movie!!! It is action packed so beware because there are some graphic killings and dead corpses involved. So if you bring younger kids, this might not be kids' friendly for them. It is a nicely done "epic" movie on a smaller scale, thus, I can understand that the movie could have been made grander. The actor Joseph Fiennes is an amazing actor! He is going to be an up and coming popular, possibly mainstream, actor. The most memorable parts of the movie were the spectacular actors of Clavius, Clavius' aide, Pontius Pilate, Bartholomew, Simon Peter, Mary Magdelene, <more>
Joseph Arimatheas and Jesus Christ. Also a few scenes were well acted such as the beginning fighting scene of the Romans and zealots, the healing of the leper and the fishing trip at the sea of Galilee plus a few other Roman raids. My friend and I enjoy this movie very much. It contains simple yet powerful gospel messages. Two thumbs up!!!
Awesome telling of the Resurrection of Yeshua. (by michaelRokeefe)
Kevin Reynolds is commended for his direction of this awesome, coherent presentation dealing with the biblical drama surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ/Yeshua Cliff Curtis . This story is told through the point of view of a non-believer. Pontius Pilate Peter Firth demands his right hand man, Clavius Joseph Fiennes , a most honored Roman Military Tribune, to seek out and solve the mystery of what happened with the crucified corpse of Yeshua. How could this man die on a cross and then escape his tomb? Pilate believes that followers have taken the body and hid it. <more>
Pilate assigns Lucius Tom Fenton to aid Clavius in using whatever means necessary to find the body to put an end to rumors of a Nazarene Messiah rising from the dead and avoiding any unrest in Jerusalem.Outstanding visual effects and scenery. This film is given a PG-13 rating due to biblical violence and what can be considered gruesome and very disturbing images. This is not to say that some younger viewers couldn't handle the graphic and intense matter presented.The strong cast also features: Mish Boyko, Stewart Scudamore, Jan Cornet, Luis Callejo, Antonio Gill, Stephen Hagan, Richard Atwill, Frida Cauchi, Alberto Ayala, Joe Manjon and also Maria Botto as Mary Magdalene.
At the core of this film is a fictional story that works very well. It expands on the possible events surrounding the three days between Jesus' death and his return. It's told through the eyes of a Roman tribune, whom we know from the beginning is different from all the other soldiers. He's well trained and can fight the best of his enemies, but inside of him lives a questioning soul, and his ultimate goal is to find a peaceful place to raise a loving family.So he becomes a witness to the disposal of Jesus' death body, and he believes this will be the end of his connection to <more>
this event. Things begin to turn away from their traditional resolution as we see Jesus' body hurriedly buried by someone who appears to be a close relation or friend. Slowly, he discovers that there are political ramifications to ensuring the man is truly dead, and we see constant interventions and requests to make sure Jesus is truly gone. A few days later the prophecies come true, and now the tribune wonders what has really happened. He investigates, meets Jesus' followers and finds it difficult to understand what the man meant to them, until he begins to "see" some truly miraculous events. Still it's a process that is complex and not that easy to handle. This is when Joseph Fiennes does a miraculous acting turn himself, as we see the opening of his mind and heart through his eyes. He fears the unknown, the power of the mystical nature of this special man.The success of the film originates on how well written and acted the film is, especially the second film, as we see Fiennes changing into a believer, still doubting but changing and figuring out what his task and destiny might be. The film doesn't preach; it tells a story and lets the audience see the events, and decide for themselves whether this story has done justice to the original sources.I went without much of an expectation and left pleasantly surprised because if anything it was a story well told.
Risen is a fun movie, with many touching moments. It's faithful to the original story of Jesus, but also completely different as the story of a Roman Tribune commanded to find the body of Jesus to quell the new messiah movement. Jesus is played by an excellent choice of actor, who is less of a male model look than many movies. Fiennes is awesome as a man who undergoes a life changing series of events. The basic plot and conclusion of the film is simple yet profound, and should be appreciated by believers and nonbelievers alike. The night I watched it I dreamed about the movie all night, <more>
not something which normally happens. The quality is above most faith-based films and is full of action, humor, and inspiration for the whole family.
With nothing else to see, I went, somewhat reluctantly, to see the new Biblically inspired, movie, 'Risen' which, as you can see, got good reviews on IMDb . Ostensibly about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, it's more a logical investigation imaginatively laid atop a history lesson, a key miracle of the New Testament, and a logical examination of rational thought challenged by inexplicable events. Told from the perspective of a Roman Tribune sent to investigate how Jesus' physical body disappeared from it's tomb, it's a story well told, seems historically <more>
authentic, and I a lapsed Catholic/agnostic/skeptic recommend it highly. It was also an interesting exercise in memory, as I strained to remember what I remember from hours of Catechism, and yearly celebrations of Good Friday, Easter, and the Feast of the Assumption...which turned out to be...not much.There are parts which recall 'Life of Brian', it's a little bit long, the disciples resemble the inhabitants of the hippie commune in 'Easy Rider', Bartholomew is completely over the top, and the actor who plays Christ is iffy. But, then again, he is tasked with the impossible role of being man and God just what expression would you choose if you played Christ? without descending into camp farce. All in all, he does OK.Joseph Fiennes plays the Tribune with authenticity, honesty, and an openness which allowed me to put myself in his place...how does a rational man deal with fundamental challenges to his heretofore solid as a rock, world? When do you surrender to faith when all the 'reason' in the world suggests that reason has little to do with it all?It's a good movie, well worth seeing.
For more than 100 years, stories of Jesus have been the topic of movies. Many early works of cinema featured not only Jesus, but Moses, Sampson, David, etc, but this film is quite different in that is carries a much lighter tone than most faith-based productions. Sticking to the basics of what is known from the Bible and other Jewish and Roman historical accounts of the event, Risen lacks the pious and pretentious nature many of the films in this same sub-genre contain. Not quite cinematic per se or traditionally action-packed, the film has relatively slow pacing but keeps it interesting by <more>
supplying well-developed characters and simply the thrill of the original man-hunt. Although the message of the Gospel is clearly stated and shown in the movie, it does not come off as proselytizing. In many ways, the central character is an everyman because it is fairly easy to place yourself in his shoes--or sandals in this case--and imagine what it must have been like to have been in charge of guarding Christ's tomb and then having to answer for the disappearance. One thing puzzles me; and that is Columbia Pictures' timing of this release. Honestly, it makes more sense to have released it the weekend prior to Easter. Anyway, I digress.A history and mystery in one! From either objective or subjective points of view, this is my pick for the best "Jesus" film ever. And yes, I am including the box office smash Passion of the Christ in that assessment. But what makes this particular movie more receptive and less controversial and other faith-based films in the past? Answer: lack of pretense. Whether talking God's Not Dead or Passion of the Christ, both films do not attempt to appeal to a broad audience. They play on the court with the rest of the faith-based movies both good and bad. Risen plays to the audience differently because it concentrates on developing the realistic historic characters by pairing what is known by way of Biblical or Jewish/Roman historic texts with logical conclusions or using context clues to fill in the gaps. The writers did an excellent job in developing the character of Clavius as someone with whom many in the audience could identify because whether believers int he resurrection or not, we have all questioned our various and respective beliefs at one point or another and often look for answers very much in the same way a detective solves a mystery.Unlike other films where the focus is either directly or indirectly on Jesus, the focus of this film is primarily on the delicate political landscape between the Jews and Romans and of course our protagonist Clavius. However, this film uses the indirect approach to discover why Jesus' was so special to his followers and it still to this day . This indirect approach is far more effective for speeding the Gospel message than typical "Christian" films. Although this film is clearly about the mystery surrounding the resurrection of Jesus in the background, the foreground is a personal journey thus making it more of a historic film than a "Christian" one, so to speak. Therefore, most anyone who enjoys Roman or Jewish history will find something of interest in this film. The relationship between the Romans and Jewish leadership is handled very well. It shows the game the Romans had to play with the Jews in order to keep peace in Jerusalem--especially because Caesar is arriving soon and Pilate needs to show him that he has the Jews under control.The person of Jesus is also handled better than any other film I have seen. He comes off as an average Joe--that is, an average Joe who can heal lepers. But, he connects well with the audience and is very much down to earth in his appearance and mannerisms. Sometimes it's hard to understand why his disciples then and followers to this day would choose to follow such a man, but this film makes it clear why. He embodies love. On a lighter note, I've always found it funny that in most historic/Biblical films, such as this one, most of the characters speak with a British or transatlantic accent. Pretty sure that was not the case back then. But, at the same time, it does not hinder the story in any way. Although the film is a little slow and the pacing isn't always executed well, over all, it keeps in line with the traditional three-act plot structure and sufficiently supplies the audience with the proper turning points. Risen also handles character development very well. I really appreciate the development of not only Clavius but also Pilate and Lucius as well. To an extent, we also see some development in some of Jesus' disciples as well. At the end of the movie, the characters in the story felt like real people, and that is a remarkable achievement in this movie.Ordinarily, we don't see movies like this until Easter time. Even though we are a month out from it, I feel that if you enjoy Biblical or simply historic movies that are down-to-earth, written, acted, and developed well that you will enjoy this movie. Traditionally, I am not a fan of most faith-base movies because they are cheesy, pious, over the top, or just executed poorly; however, I very much enjoyed this film and hope you do too.