“What could happen guarding the body of a dead man?”

As we leave Easter Sunday and walk into a new week, I often pondered how many reacted after Yeshua’s Resurrection. For instance, what would make a Roman Tribune lay down his sword, remove his armor, then turn his back on Rome? That is exactly what happened to Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), after he found what he sought; but could not reconcile what he saw with what he thought.

At the movie’s beginning we see a man walking in the Judean Desert with a befuddled look upon his face. He enters an establishment, sits down and begins telling a story. Barrabas (Karim Saleh) might have escaped death the first time…

With a guilt-ridden Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth), more concerned about the arrival of Rome’s Emperor and his finding peace, Clavius and his new assistant, Lucius (Tom Felton), are sent to finish the life of the crucified Nazarene (Cliff Curtis). But upon their arrival to Golgotha, things go another way.

The director took creative license while eluding to much of the biblical context concerning the events surrounding the Crucifixion of Yeshua.

After cross-examing everyone from Joseph of Arimethea (Antonio Gil) to Mary Magdelene (María Botto); the Tribune is closer to the truth, yet not the truth in which he seeks; for Pilate. They can’t find the body of the Nazarene no matter how hard they try. Now in search of the Apostles, in hope of solving this riddle; Clavius hires a spy to seek them out. You will have to watch the film to see what happens next.

Nominated for the Epiphany Award for Most Inspiring Movie and the Grace Award for the Most Inspiring Performances by Joseph Fiennes and Cliff Curtis; Risen gives the viewer a fresh and new perspective on an ancient biblical story as it tells the aftermath of the Crucifixion through the eyes of a weary and emotionally distraught non-believer.

Risen was originally released in 2016, is 117 min, can be seen on Tubi and Prime Video. Due to the graphical nature of this film, we speak caution for children under 13.

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Writers: Kevin Reynolds (screenplay), Paul Aiello (screenplay).
Stars: Joseph FiennesTom FeltonPeter Firth.

We give Risen

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Thank you for your continued support and readership. Until next week…blessings and peace!

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