Whether you are Christian or not almost everyone on the globe knows the tale of the Resurrection. It is a story about Jesus Christ rising from the dead three days after being crucified. It has long been displayed as the proof that he was the Son of God and that there is eternal life for those who follow the tenets of Christianity. Tricky to take on the telling of a story related to an event that many hold near and dear.
The story is told from the perspective of celebrated Roman soldier, Clavius (Joseph Fiennes – Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth). He is a high ranking and well respected soldier, who is also a non-believer in this new religion. Asked by the man who sentenced Yeshua (Cliff Curtis – Live Free or Die Hard, Training Day) to death, Pilate (Peter Firth – The Hunt for Red October, The Greatest Game Ever Played), the Roman Military Tribune and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton – Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), to find out what happened to Yeshua in the weeks after his crucifixion. This is to deal with rumblings around Jerusalem of a Messiah who has risen from the dead.
The physical body has disappeared from the tomb where it was buried. Clavius and Lucius are off on the hunt as to what happened. As the search for the truth goes on Clavius finds himself doubting his disbelief more and more.
Whether you are inclined to believe this story or are Christian or not it is admittedly an interesting one. It takes up the story of the crucifixion of Christ from the time of his death on. They have managed to make it a serious film with very little of a farce feel to it. This is harder than it sounds when it comes to biblical tales. Also an interesting twist of perspective that it is told from a Roman point of view.
While the actor who portrays Yeshus turns in a rather flat performance, the rarely seen anymore Joseph Fiennes does well as the disbelieving Roman Tribune. He really is good at conveying the change in belief that this man undergoes.
Director and co-screenwriter Kevin Reynolds (Waterworld, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) has handled the telling of this story very respectfully. Of course, whenever you take on the task of telling such a tale, there has been some creative license taken, but for the most part, the major details are all there. Told in a very old fashioned kind of way with plenty of dignity.
-Feature Commentary With Patrick and Paul Aiello
-The Mystery of the Resurrection: Making Risen
-Script to Screen
-Previews of Affirm Films, Miracles From Heaven, War Room, Heaven is For Real, When the Game Stands Tall, The Remaining