Benz Eye View: Risen

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Risen

Pros:

1.) The investigation of Jesus’s body is interesting.  It becomes a mystery on how it disappeared, and while it may not be a surprise to anyone who knows what happened, it does give an interesting new perspective.

2.) I noticed some interesting parallels and symbolism in this film.  Not going to list them, but some of the imagery and conflicts relate to the main plot of the film, and it is pretty symbolic.

3.) I like the non-believers’s point of view of Jesus’s resurrection.  It brings a new idea to the Jesus story since it is in the eyes of a Roman Centurion who just recently heard of Jesus.  It makes sense for a non-believer to not see what is truly happening, and see the people who witnessed His resurrection as a little crazy.

Cons:

1.) Joseph Feinnes’s character, Clavius is not really interesting.  One thing that does not help is that the actor gives a lackluster performance.  It is not terrible, but he looks like he does not want to be in the movie, or he is just not interested.  Plus, his goals is pretty typical.

2.) The student-teacher relationship between Clavius (Joseph Feinnes) and Lucius (Tom Felton) is not really well-handled.  At one point in the film, the two have a conflict with each other, but I cannot buy it due to the lack of personal growth with each other.  They barely interact other than Clavius ordering Lucius to follow his orders.

3.) (SPOILERS)  I think it would have been better if Clavius did not actually meet Jesus.  I do like what this film has here, but it would have been more interesting if the two did not actually meet, and he becomes a follower thanks to the disciples.

 

Overall:

Let’s face it: when it comes to the life of Jesus, there are SO MANY films and movies about Him.  It can get really tiring.  Then, I heard about this film: a story about Jesus’s resurrection from a non-believer’s point of view.  The premise is actually a good idea, and I really wanted to see this film.  While I wish there are some things that need some improvement or changing, I do like it overall.  It brings a new taste and idea to a story that everyone that is familiar with it.  While not perfect (i.e. Clavius’s plot is technically not resolved), I do recommend this to everyone, especially to anyone who wants a new point of view on Jesus’s resurrection.

8/10

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