Movie Review: Risen

Today I want to recommend a movie for you!

A couple weeks ago, the Young Adults went to see Risen. I have to admit that I was skeptical beforehand, but it is one of the best films I’ve seen on the life of Jesus Christ that remains faithful to the Bible. My favorites are Ben-Hur and Quo Vadis, so you know this movie is on par with these epics. Unlike most Hollywood films these days, it upholds the truth of Scripture rather than attack it.

It stars Joseph Fiennes, who you will recognize as the actor who played Martin Luther in the 2003 film Luther. The movie is a work of historical fiction, meaning it places fictional characters in the midst of a historical setting. The film is set between the Biblical events of the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and His ascension 40 days later. It then follows the fictional Roman tribune named Clavius (Fiennes) who is stationed in Jerusalem during Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Once the empty tomb is discovered, Calvius, who is an unbeliever, is tasked with finding the missing body of Jesus.

Using a fictional character is a clever way to allow the modern viewer a window into examining the historical events of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The story literally allows the viewer to experience the truth of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ through the eyes of Clavius.

If you have ever seen The Robe, the plot of Risen will be familiar to you for it also uses a fictional centurion set within the historical events of Jesus death and resurrection. It is a classic crime-solving movie that will keep you interested, engaged and allow you to examine the Biblical events for yourself.

God Bless,

Pastor Joel