Reviewed by: Dan Willis
contemporary version of William Shakespeare play
Coriolanus, the Shakespeare play
overly ambitious mother
anger and hatred
REVENGE, love replaces hatred—former Israeli soldier and an ex-PLO fighter prove peace is possible-but only with Jesus Christ
sin and the Bible
God’s Story: From Creation to Eternity (on-line, illustrated story and streaming video)
|Featuring:||Ralph Fiennes … Caius Martius Coriolanus
Jessica Chastain … Virgilia
Gerard Butler … Tullus Aufidius
Brian Cox … Menenius
James Nesbitt … Tribune Sicinius
Vanessa Redgrave … Volumnia
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Icon Entertainment International
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The Weinstein Company
“Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.”
A story based in ancient Rome surrounding the tale of mighty General. When corruption in the matters of state turn the once mighty General into public enemy #1, Coriolanus is rejected by all those around him and cast out by his beloved Rome. Coriolanus, consumed by anger and a drive for revenge, decides the only course of action to take is to side with his hated enemy and lead an army against Rome.
The morality issues here are long and wide ranging. The violence is extreme, the dialog is inappropriate and vulgar, at several points. Sexuality is present, and a pagan undertone and motif that revenge is only human are all a part of the central theme.
The only point of merit for any Christian watching this film is to see what a society looks like when it is without God. Anger, hatred and violence rule and consume both sides of the conflict, and everyone’s personal desires outweigh the needs of their brothers.
The film is well shot, with a superb cast. However, the film’s violence, tone, theme and language all make it for only those who can stomach them. With so little to be gained in the way of a message, unless you are doing a study on total depravity, feel free to give this one a pass.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
REVENGE: love can replace hatred, but only with Jesus Christ—read the true story of a former Israeli soldier and an ex-PLO fighter
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.