Reviewed by: Ray Schlein
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|Featuring:||Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams, Derek Jacobi|
|Distributor:||Lions Gate Films|
“The Body” is a thriller set in modern day Jerusalem. During a construction project, a body is discovered that some believe may be the un-risen remains of Jesus. A priest (Antonio Banderas) is sent by the Vatican to investigate the identity of the body. Banderas must work with a fiery Israeli archaelogist (Olivia Wiliams) who has her own agenda to protect. All the while, the age old political conflicts of Jerusalem explode around them.
Initially, I had misgivings about this movie as I thought it was just another attack on our Lord. But I decided to watch it so that I could be prepared to refute this movie to friends who may wonder about Christ’s resurrection.
The movie creates initial tension by presenting archaeological evidence that seems to make a strong argument that maybe this is the body of Jesus. However, the movie does a good job of examining both sides of the faith issue surrounding the Resurrection. Banderas’ character is not a typical Hollywood cliche priest full of flaws, contradictions, and hypocrisy. Christianity is not set up as a straw man—a silly superstition—to be knocked down by the logic of science. I especially enjoyed the numerous biblical passages quoted as the historical setting of the crucifixion is examined and the technical information regarding archaeology. The tension continues till the end of the movie where, as Christians, our hopes are not destroyed.
The movie avoids any sexual situations though there is some romantic tension between Banderas and Williams. However, there is some profanity and a fair amount of violence as various factions use terrorism to advance political agendas. I wouldn’t let children under 16 watch this movie. Some Roman Catholic viewers may be offended as the Vatican hierarchy comes out looking no better than the secular politicians.
Overall, I found this a thrilling movie that made me think about why I believe in our Lord. I think the producers tried to make a thought provoking movie that wouldn’t play as secular propaganda. However, this is not a Sunday school educational film.
Editor’s Note: If you don’t pay very close attention, you can miss some very important details that can totally change the meaning of this film. Without giving away any specific information, keep a keen eye on everything going on. Especially toward the film’s conclusion. Your opinion of the film may rest solely on one or two scenes. Overall: excellent topics to consider for any follower of Christ.