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Risen also known as “Ressurreição,” “Auferstanden,” “La resurrección de Cristo,” “Risorto,” “Zmartwychwstaly”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for Biblical violence including some disturbing images.

Reviewed by: Curtis McParland
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Genre:
Faith-based Action Adventure Mystery Drama
Length:
1 hr. 47 min.
Year of Release:
2016
USA Release:
February 19, 2016 (wide—2,915 theaters)
DVD: May 24, 2016
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Pontius Pilate

Centurion

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resurrection of Christ

resurrection of the dead

Q&As about Jesus Christ’s resurrection

resurrection of the dead

resurrection of Christ

Q&As about Jesus Christ’s resurrection

Archaeology—Have any burial sites been found for the people involved in Christ’s life and death? Answer

Is Jesus Christ a man, or is he God? Answer

If Jesus is God, how could he die? If Jesus died on the cross, then how can he be alive today? Answer

Was Jesus Christ God, manifest in human form? Answer

Is Jesus Christ really God? Answer

If Jesus was the Son of God, why did He call Himself the Son of Man? Answer

TRINITY—How can one God be three persons? Answer

JESUS’ CHARACTER—Is Christ’s character consistent with his high claims? Answer

Jesus Christ: His Identity, Life, Death andResurrection
Featuring: Joseph FiennesClavius
Tom Felton … Lucius
Peter Firth … Pilate
Cliff Curtis … Yeshua
María Botto … Mary Magdalene
Luis Callejo … Joses
Antonio Gil … Joseph of Arimathea
Richard Atwill … Polybius
Stewart Scudamore … Peter
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Director: Kevin Reynolds—“Waterworld” (1995), “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (1991), “Hatfields and McCoys”
Producer: LD Entertainment
Patrick Aiello Productions
Affirm Films
Columbia Pictures
Distributor: TriStar Pictures, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment

“A high-ranking Roman soldier tries to prove the resurrection was a hoax”

Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) is a harsh Roman Tribune whom many fear. Working under the notorious Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth), Clavius leads legions of Roman soldiers on a daily basis, from the battlefield to the city streets. Clavius is a very smart, skilled tribune who appears to have control over nearly every situation he faces. However, his world is turned upside down as he encounters the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Clavius is shaken by this experience, and after the body of Christ “disappears,” he is ordered by Pilate to find His body, whether He be dead or alive. But little does Clavius know that this manhunt will turn into a spiritual journey that will not only change his life, but the course of human history… forever.

“Risen” is a unique and clever fictional re-telling of the crucifixion of Christ as told from the perspective of a non-believing Roman soldier. Joseph Fiennes is in fine form as Clavius and steals the show in the lead role. Some of the cinematography in “Risen” is beautifully shot and is accompanied by an epic musical score.

The story is a bit bumpy at times and lacks in narrative structure as the feature runs under 110 minutes. Although the film contains some good dialog, a majority of scenes are weakly written, which causes the film’s intriguing story to suffer slightly. Kevin Reynolds does not prove to show himself as a great director as he guides his audience through this Biblical tale, but he does do a solid job of delivering some intense, edge of your seat moments and well-executed action sequences. Overall, “Risen” may not be the best fictional re-telling of the Crucifixion, but it is certainly a refreshing take on the greatest story ever told and does not overly preach to its audience, either.

As one may assume, “Risen” does contain quite a bit of violence. However, this is the only content to be concerned about. The sexual content is minor, as we see a few shirtless men wrapped in only but loincloths in a couple different scenes (once in a Roman bath and another during a crucifixion). Pilate asks Clavius what he may desire, including a massage or a girl. Clavius shows no interest in either. When Clavius asks a group of men if any of them know what Mary Magdalene looks like, many raise their hands slightly, implying that they may have slept with her. It is implied that she is a “woman of the street” which is never addressed in Scripture. There is no vulgar or profane language.

The violence is moderate to heavy, as there is a fairly high body count in this film. Near the beginning, there is an intense battle scene with characters being stabbed with spears and swords and being shot with arrows. Some impact is seen, but it is not graphic. Some blood is shed, and one character is executed by sword. The impact is not seen, but is heard, and we see his bloodied body fall from a fair distance, after the fact. A violent earthquake rattles the world around many, and bloody men are seen hanging in agony on crosses. A Roman soldier breaks two of three men’s legs to speed up the crucifixion process. The impact is not seen but heard.

Jesus’ side is pierced, but again the impact is only heard, not seen. Piles of dead bodies are seen as soldiers look for the body of Christ. Most are viewed from a distance, but a few corpses are seen up close. One decomposing body, in particular, is observed with a scarred face. Bodies are seen being dumped into a heap, and another wrapped body is burned during a funeral. Another brief crucifixion takes place. Clavius describes the excruciating procedure of a crucifixion to a character, and one man is cut in the leg with a sword. Jesus displays His scars to His disciples, and a leper is driven away and beaten by a frightened crowd. The man is covered from head to toe with scars and boils.

Some wine is consumed, and there is mention of some characters being drunk.

“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” —Acts 16:31 (KJV)

“Risen” may not accomplish itself as an extremely well-made feature, but it does accomplish something else—telling the story of the Crucifixion through the eyes of an unbeliever. It was refreshing to see a well-executed fictionalized re-telling of the Easter story told with a different twist. I would also like to give credit to the writers for not being overly preachy with their message. The film focuses mainly on the personal life of Clavius, but does not refrain from the great importance of the life of Christ. Clavius” faith is of great importance in the film, but does not overpower the central plot. The impact that Jesus makes on this one man’s life is beautiful, indeed, especially since Clavius hardly knew anything about Jesus beforehand. All he had were the clues he was piecing together. Clavius knew that there was something different about Jesus. He did not fully understand what it was that made Him so different, until he made that first step of faith and began to follow Christ in His footsteps.

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” —1 Peter 2:21 (ESV)

Although “Risen” tells a great faith-based story, the PG-13 rating still needs to be taken seriously, though, as there is some heavy violence on display, including some bloodshed and a few disturbing images. I recommend this film for ages 12+, depending on one’s sensitivity to Biblical violence. The Bible is not “G” rated, though. “Risen” does a solid job of displaying the harsh brutality of the Roman Empire, while refraining from the display of graphic violence. Sometimes, the violence taking place off-screen can be more unsettling than what is seen on-screen.

The filmmakers of “Risen” send a strong message of faith and redemption, and share that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). Jesus is the Son of God. He was pierced for our transgressions. He was wounded for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5). He died an excruciating death. He saved the world from its sins. And all we have to do is repent and believe. He is risen. He is risen, indeed!

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live…” —John 11:25 (ESV)

Reviewer’s note: Although “Risen” contains some heavy violence, there is no Biblically offensive content on display. Therefore, I have graded the film “Good—with caution.” The violence many be heavy at times, but the acts are not condoned, and the overall message and theme of the film is Christ honoring and redemptive.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: Minor to moderate

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Positive
Positive—“Risen” covers the day of the crucifixion of Christ until his ascension 40 days later. Pilate (Peter Firth) sends Roman Tribune Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) to the cross to finish matters. Three days later, the body of the dead Nazarene is missing and the Emperor Tiberius is due for a visit. Pilate charges Clavius, and his newly appointed aide Lucius (Tom Felton) with finding the body.

Parental discretion is advised. The opening scenes, intended to provide a background on Clavius, are extremely brutal and violent, as are the crucifixion scenes. As Clavius and Lucius look for the body, an open, mass grave is searched, resulting in some disturbing images. Believers and non-believers will no doubt find many scenes thought-provoking, questioning along with Clavius, what really happened and why.

A strong effort in combining cinematic excellence with Biblical accuracy results in a movie that feels as authentic and spiritual as it is entertaining.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Martha Fry, age 56 (USA)
Positive—Despite the presence of some violence that was integral to the harsh reality being depicted in this movie, I am giving a moral rating of “good” because this is a marvelous, intelligent and spiritually faithful movie about Jesus of Nazareth. The beautifully written screenplay tells the story of the crucifixion and the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ with absolute clarity and beauty. All the questions that anyone could have about the resurrection are asked and are answered within the reality of the Bible.

I loved this movie, especially that the disciples were a motley group of plain folk who loved the message Jesus gave them about how to live and who God is. I loved that Jesus was not the beautified figure that is so often depicted in movies, but a seemingly regular chap who happens to have the power of the Holy Spirit in him. He is very approachable, and yet God incarnate.

Joseph Fiennes is spectacular as the skeptical Roman sent to find the body of the missing Nazarene, whom he himself had speared to confirm the death on the cross. Drag all your unbelieving, as well as believing, friends to this movie. It is a fabulous production of the most important message in human history.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
Halyna Barannik, age 69 (USA)
Positive—As Christians, my spouse and I found this movie encouraging and fairly accurate. I do need to say that through the entire film, except in a few places, Yeshua’s name was mispronounced. His name is pronounced, Yeshooah, with the emphasis placed on the ooh. That is a masculine word in Hebrew which means savior or God is salvation. The way it was pronounced was the feminine form and does not refer to salvation. Also, there was little reference to sin in the movie, although it was inferred in places.

For a Christian movie made to attract Christians and seekers, people should have been presented the reason Christ died on purpose for us all, to forgive sin. I also found it odd that Jesus” right eye was depicted as possibly blinded by the crucifixion, which was noticeable in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” as well, but is never mentioned in the Bible. There are verses about the false shepherd, having his right eye blinded and right arm withered, and Jesus is the true shepherd.

Other than that, we thought it was a very good film, and loved the normal, earthy way that Jesus was among them and in His resurrection appearances. The message of God’s love and power was most evident, and we would recommend the movie to anyone.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Celia, age 62 (USA)
Positive— My family saw this film and the expertise of crafting a film was very evident. Acting was, for the most part, superb. The story line, akin to the movie “The Robe,” was very well done. Like the Robe it presents the viewer with a man who comes to know things about Yeshua. Yet it is not a clone of “the Robe” at all. The movie handles people as they have always been and comes off, at times, more as a detective story rather than a faith based film. It is like the detective who investigates a man deemed guilty only to find that he may be innocent in spite of what other “officials” might think. Clovis is assigned to find the body of this man by Pilate in hopes of keeping the peace in a troublesome area of political unrest.

I highly recommend this film for all viewers. I do think and hope that this film might cause some folks to think a little more deeply about how they relate to this historical figure; a man who claimed to be God and His Son: Jesus. We see the central figure, Clovis (played expertly by Joseph Fiennes), left at the end of the film still processing what he had come to know to be true and how this and, Jesus, would affect his life.

I appreciate that the viewer was left with a lead character who was conflicted with what he had come to know about Yeshua. Was what Jesus said true or was he mad? You can’t have it both ways. A good question for us all to consider. Great film and not too pushy for the ultra-sensitive among us.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Brian, age 63 (USA)
Positive—What if you were there? When Jesus was crucified and died and days afterward rumors of his resurrection began to spread you—what if you witnessed it and investigated it for yourself? This admirable film weaves Biblically accurate events and conversations into a fictional drama of a Roman tribune and his aide tasked by Pontiac Pilate to find Yeshua’s missing body. Their search for the truth leads them to encounters with several of His followers.

While I wish more of their testimonies and personal experiences had been presented via their conversations, what is depicted and hinted at is reasonable. I thought the acting, dialogue, sets, costumes, cineamatography, and such, were very well done. Excellent. I also liked the added details, such as the image on the shroud, and the whirlwind in the desert near the disciples. I thought it symbolized God’s presence with them (just as the pillar of cloud led Moses and the Hebrews years before.) Nice touch. I recommend this film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Tori, age 40+ (USA)
Positive— This was a good and uplifting movie for Christians! I couldn’t help but well up with joy and tears as I watched because this movie was a reminder to me that “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed!” The disciples were filled with Joy when they saw the risen Savior and Nothing in this world could steal that joy from them! Amen! Great Movie!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—RD, age 46 (USA)
Positive—Finally, a movie worth seeing. It’s powerful, beautiful true to the Bible. You see the movie through the eyes of a non believer. Just to know that He gave everything just for you and me. All the glory to our God.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Lissette, age 47 (USA)
Positive—This movie reminds me of the book “The Road to Masada” where it takes little mentioned characters in the New Testament and brings them to life. I would love to see someone bring that book to the big screen! “Risen” was an incredible journey, physically, spiritually and emotionally, with each character. The only negative to me was the person who played Christ. I can’t really put my finger on it, but he just didn’t seem to fit the role. Fortunately, he had very few speaking roles, for the focus was on the Roman Centurion. Amazing movie that everyone should see!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Dow Wilson, age 49 (USA)
Positive—Although “Risen” got only a C+ in our local paper, the drab-as-dishwater trailer intrigued me enough to see the movie the day before Easter. I liked “Risen” more than expected because (i) the story starts after the crucifixion rather than cramming in all scripture leading up to it (many films have covered this material already) (ii) we view jarring events as they may have seemed to ancient Romans (iii) clever bursts of humor lighten the heavy load (iv) for once, Jesus is played by someone who could pass as Middle Eastern although the actor is not Middle Eastern and is nearly 50 years old (v) I liked the inclusion of the Shroud of Turin (vi) I loved the scenes of Jesus reassuring Thomas and healing the leper (vii) I appreciate the ultimate message of “Risen'—when you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him! What I didn’t care for about “Risen,” however, is (i) the film’s unrelieved musty, drab look (ii) expecting the Emperor to visit—no No NO (iii) Benjamin’s silliness (iv) the non-stirring music (v) not enough guards at the tomb; also, Roman soldiers didn’t dare sleep on duty which was punishable by death (vi) too much telling vs. Showing (vii) unnecessary scene of disciples hiding in the wilderness (viii) a desert hermit recognizes a tribune by his ring—seriously? (ix) although I paid strict attention throughout, I couldn’t always understand the dialog—for instance, I did not comprehend until after seeing the film and then reading about it on line that the opening mini-battle concludes with the death of Barabbas.

What else did I miss?? In all, I liked “Risen” better than “Gladiator” but not as much as the admittedly historically inaccurate “Ben-Hur.” In an interview, the likable leading man of “Risen,” Joseph Fiennes, called it a blockbuster—though I wouldn’t go that far, I’ll probably purchase “Risen” on DVD so that I can view it again, with the captioning turned on.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Chris Drake, age 69 (USA)
Positive—Yes… I was skeptical about this movie when I saw the previews, but I decided to see it an really enjoyed it! Much more than a “Christian movie,” the story was super and held true to what I perceive to be a Biblically-accurate rendition. Written from the perspective of a fictional Tribune, they had creative license tell the story without adhering to the Gospel accounts.

I thought they did a super job of telling a well-known story from a different perspective. It is EASILY my favorite “period-piece” from the time of Christ. And… I thought they did an even better job of being true to the time period. Although I’m not a historian, I think they got the costumes, buildings, and setting right. They even depicted the crucifixion of Christ from what I believe to be an accurate perspective (what the cross looked like, and how the Romans crucified people).

Bottom line… extremely well done, and I highly recommend this movie…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Joe Casey, age 48 (USA)
Positive—For me, this was the best, most moving and spiritually faithful gospel film I’ve ever seen. For a start, it is told as a testimony through the eyes of a non-believer and conversion stories are often very powerful. The film hinges on Joseph Fiennes’s tremendous performance as the Roman tribune facing the challenge of a risen Christ. The film was also very real and down to earth, the characters ordinary and believable, but none of these things would have mattered if Jesus hadn’t been portrayed well, but Cliff Curtis was perfect and drew the eyes to him during every second of his limited screen time. I’ve never seen Jesus portrayed so well, his eyes and face, his ready smile shining with joy, love and peace.

Though not a believer, I understand Curtis prepared for his role seriously with a month-long retreat also choosing not to speak to anyone on set except through his lines. Amazingly, he also offered (silently) to wash the feet of other actors. This may not have made him a believer as such.… yet.… but I choose to believe that God anointed his performance.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—MikeTheBook, age 61 (United Kingdom)
Positive—Something that struck me strongly which I didn’t see in the reviews I read, was how Clavius, confronted by the reality of God, still chose to hang on to his idenity (tribune ring) and wander in the desert, rather than follow Jesus—like so many, past, present and future.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Tom, age 55 (USA)
Positive—From the first time I heard about this movie, I wanted to see it. But, as with other movies, I ended up waiting till it came to DVD. It was WELL worth the wait. For anyone who may not have seen it, it’s about a Roman Tribune name Clavius, who is asked by Pontius Pilate to go to Golgotha and finish things at the site of the Crucifixion of Jesus. After this is over, he is then asked, due to Caiaphas” fears that someone may steal to body, to have Jesus” tomb sealed. Three days later, the body ends up missing. So, Clavius then has to figure out what happened to the body. So, essentially, it becomes sort of like “CSI: Jerusalem”. ***SPOILER*** He comes to realize that the body hasn’t been stolen after all. Jesus has risen from the dead. ***END SPOILER***

This movie is a flat out WINNER. From the moment it started, I was completely immersed in the story… felt like I had literally been transported back to that time. This is due to some top-notch writing, some incredible acting (which, at times, does tend to go a bit over the top), and excellent directing. But, be warned… this movie does contain some violence, which is the reason for the PG-13 rating. So, while I highly recommend this movie, I recommend it for children 13 and over. Give this wonderful movie a shot. You’ll be so glad you did.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jared, age 36 (USA)
Positive—Surprisingly good. I loved the way the story was viewed from the perspective of a Roman Tribune—the scene setting of a man who viewed death daily and was part of the Roman hierarchy, yet was touched by his encounter with Yeshua on the cross. I watched this with a group of church young people 15 and over. Every one felt it was a watchable and thought-provoking story, there was a tangible feel to the environment and the crucifixion scene, although very realistic, avoided too much gore. The plot was well written and very well acted, it’s always impossible to portray Jesus, but a good enough presentation of how much he was loved by his followers. The disciples were portrayed as normal men, who, although touched by their time with their Lord, were not world changers and obviously awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit—but that’s another story.

The best line went to Pilate, at the end, when he proclaimed “We won’t hear from them again.” A challenging story and left the questions who did roll the stone ?? and what became of the disciples? Hopefully stimulating peoples curiosity to find out why these men went on to turn the world upside down and die for their faith.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—K Oliver, age 52 (United Kingdom)
Neutral
Neutral—Why didn’t water and blood gush out of Jesus when he was pierced on the side? I liked the ascension; it was glorious.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Church, age 20 (South Africa)
Neutral—All true (and well-presented), except: “And ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS REPENT AND BELIEVE.…” —John 11:25-26 (ESV) “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” -James 2:14 (ESV) “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” —Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV) “And [Jesus} said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” We MUST also “LIVETH in Jesus” as well as “BELIEVETH in Jesus” so that we “shall never die.”… otherwise, our faith is dead, as we have offended Him by NOT following His 2nd commandment! “Believest thou this?” May God continue to bless you in your ministry…
—Thomas [a Roman Catholic], age 68 (USA)
Neutral—“Risen” had the potential to be a good film: it was co-written and directed by Kevin Reynolds (“Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves,” Alexandre Dumas” “The Count Of Monte Cristo”), and starred Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare In Love,” “Killing Me Softly”) and Tom Felton (“Anna and the King,” the Harry Potter films). From here on in, there will be spoilers. Ye have been warned.

However, it was a sub-par film with numerous historical inaccuracies, chief of which is that Tiberius never visited Jerusalem. In 29 A.D. (Anno Domini-Latin for In The Year Of Our Lord), Tiberius laid from him the Imperial purple, and retired to the island of Capua, leaving Gaius Germanicus Caligula as regent of the Empire.

As per Biblical inaccuracies, there were only very vague allusions to the Holy Ghost, with the disciples not understanding what He meant, whereas in The Holy Gospel Of Jesus Christ According To Saint John 14:16-18, 26, Jesus maketh plain that He shall send the Holy Ghost, which is Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him: for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you…”

The ascension scene was not even properly done; Jesus just walked into the sunset, and disappeared. That is completely inaccurate. The film is rated PG-13 for Biblical violence, including some disturbing images. There is a bloody battle at the beginning of the film, but the violence is not excessive, and the crucifixion is much tamer than in “The Passion of the Christ.” There is no profanity nor are there sexual situations, though there is a subtle allusion to Mary’s having been a harlot.

The movie feels almost like a retread of the somewhat dreadful television series “A.D. The Bible Continues.” While still woefully historically and Biblically inaccurate, that series was at least more entertaining than “The Bible” miniseries which preceded it.

See this film once. I recommend the 1953 classic “The Robe,” which is (in my opinion) a better film that covers the same subject matter without too many historical and Biblical inaccuracies; in addition, the film starred Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature and Michael Rennie—excellent actors. The film is Not Rated (no objectionable material). I also recommend the sequel “Demetrius and the Gladiators,” if you are interested in seeing how the story begun in “The Robe” continues; it is Not Rated (no objectionable material).
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—D, age 30 (USA)
Neutral—Overall, it is a good film. It gives a new perspective on the gospel and asks the question “what if I was there”. With that being said, the down fall is that I noticed it teaches a baptist doctrine, rather than the doctrine given by Christ. One place where I really noticed this was when Christ ascended to the Father. They left out a crucial commandment from the Lord. Christ says “he who believes AND is baptized shall be saved”. I just ask that you open your Bibles and take God’s Word rather than man’s.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Josh, age 20 (USA)
Negative
Negative—I thought the idea of “Risen” was brilliant—to tell the story from the Roman Soldier’s point of view. However, it was so far from historical accuracy that I was distracted throughout. For example, Jews, in fact, NEVER used the name of God… Yahweh. It is a grave offense for them to do so. Neither did the Apostles ever address Jesus by his name. It was always Master or Lord, etc., yet the movie ignored these facts. It was as if the authors had no real knowledge of the subject. The weird idea of crucifixion with the nails going through the side of the feet!?!? They used the shroud, but ignored the fact that the Shroud shows the nails going through the base of the palms (not the wrists) and the centre of the feet. These and other problems, including the way the movie depicted the Apostles really disappointed me.

Also, historically, Roman soldiers were considered the most disciplined and the best in the world at that time. To show that only two were guarding the tomb and were drunk is idiotic. It goes against what a Roman Soldier was and that Pilate did not want a riot from the people.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Christopher, age 59 (Australia)

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