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May 01, 2021

Brilliant idea to portray on the happenings after the crucifixion. Well done

Mar 28, 2021

all of the parts were well acted well written and beleiveable

Feb 02, 2020

Another Story about Jesus and I've seen a lot of stories based on when Jesus was hanged on the cross, died, and had risen but this one version I fully believe in.

May 25, 2019

I think this is very worth watching. It's not for children, as it does give us a pretty graphic look at the grime and visceral violence in the day to day life of a Roman soldier. I felt it drew us into this life, with its perilous intersection with the province of ancient Judea. It gives a compelling context and setting for the rumors which began circulating about the resurrection of Jesus, and carries us along in one Roman's search for evidence: first as just another crazy zealot problem, until our Roman finds himself in the middle of things he cannot write off with a cynic's mind. The film has great pacing and acting, and comes from an unusual angle we really enjoyed.

CircMary Apr 18, 2018

An intriguing approach to the subject. I've added this one to my annual Easter movie viewing along with The Robe.

Mar 31, 2018

Tribune: " I believe. I will never be the same."

Oct 25, 2017

Resurrection is a tough sell to most. Even as an article of faith to many who consider themselves in some sense Christian, it has been eroded in recent years. A lot of demystifying has been done in seminary for years, but now its been put before the public by prominent writers that a grain of salt at least applies.

The result is that many may come away from this with a certain negativity based on the notion that they have been cinematically rhetoriced.

I feel my interest in Christianity is part of my effort to get a life. I think this film gives some worthwhile glimpses of what Christianity was, as it started off. In a sense, it is an exercise in 'living as if'. It seems clear it's about loving your God, and your neighbor, at the least. Its learning how you manage without grasping for your own personal security constantly. This film does not really put piety or belief in the forefront. The twelve discovered a way to change their attitude and they were delighted to tell people about it.

I don't see any reason to believe what unspools runs down other spiritual or religious traditions.

Rotten tomatoes shows more support from the public than from the critics. Mostly, I suppose, because they love Jesus, and love covers a multitude of sins.

Aug 13, 2017

The movie tells a great faith-based story, though there is some heavy violence. Not for younger children.

Aug 13, 2017

Great acting. Shows history from a fresh point. Will watch it again.

May 27, 2017

As a Christian, I give the resurrection of Jesus a 5 out of 5 stars. :P

However, Risen was a cool movie with a unique perspective, but I didn't find it all that stellar or engrossing. Perhaps the "coverage" of the so-called manhunt wasn't all that interesting to watch transpire. Although Clavius as played very well by Joseph Fiennes was a very worthy and noble "protagonist." My favourite scene was actually he and Pilate taking a bath :P : the room was super cool and the dialogue was fascinating.

The development of Clavius as he diligently investigated this pesky Jesus and his 'strange' followers with their incredible proclamations was fun to follow. All in all, I'm strained to give the film anything more than 3 1/2 stars even though I enjoyed it overall.

May 14, 2017

Interesting, fresh take on a familiar story, seen through the eyes of a nonbeliever. The acting is good, and less overly “dramatic” than in the more familiar 50’s cinematic Biblical epics. The sets and costumes seem authentic enough – the bonus material explains how large sets were built in Spain and Malta in order to recreate first-century Jerusalem. The story probes psychological effects as the protagonist comes to question everything he has known. Recommended; believers will find their faith reaffirmed, and nonbelievers (and believers too!) will be drawn into the story as the protagonist tries to solve a mystery.

May 10, 2017

I've seen RISEN a few times. It's not the best Jesus film I've ever seen, but overall, it's a good film. It's about a Roman soldier (played by Joseph Fiennes) who has to investigate the disappearance of Jesus' body. I think most people can see where it's going. Still, it was an interesting way to tell the story of the Resurrection. The acting and production values were good. I enjoyed Cliff Curtis in the role of Yeshua a.k.a. Jesus. Not a perfect film, but a nice film for Easter.

May 07, 2017

This movie was really deceptive. You think it's going to be a historical mystery film with Fiennes as lead investigator. It is that, for the first 30-40min or so. Then it turns into a straight-up Bible Study movie about the miracles of Jesus. I felt tricked at the end. It was marketed as one thing, then you get another. I think they did that to get big studio funding and to pull in audiences. Bottom line is: This movie isn't what it says it is.

Mar 10, 2017

Despite the blood and guts and grand sets, this was dramatically low-keyed, considering the subject. There were some moving moments near the end, but the lack of truly inspiring dialogue left a somewhat vacant feeling.
Joseph Fiennes' haunted eyes and battle-weary look over the length of the film, stretched just a little thin.

Feb 24, 2017

While the Bible clearly tells us about Jesus, his works, and his role as the savior of mankind from their sins, and the author of our eternal salvation, this film, gives yet another viewpoint. This is about a conversion to Jesus from an unlikely source. Interesting.

Feb 24, 2017

A Roman soldier investigates Yeshua of Nazareth, at a moment where it might have done some good. It's not a spoiler to reveal he confirms, more or less, the biblical accounts. But just about His whereabouts. No one is curious about the three hours of darkness, the major earthquake, the raising of the Jewish dead. The rending of the veil of the temple? Forget it. There's a dead body to track down. Risen is better acted and directed than usual -- the latter by Kevin Reynolds, of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Waterworld fame -- and has somewhat of a sense of humour about the situation. But any film this predictable will be a tough sit for a general audience. Drink! when someone says "Pontius calls for you."

Feb 12, 2017

15 min. in I turned it off. Not a great movie. If you want to see it done with quality and grandeur watch The Rob. It's a far superior movie.

Feb 02, 2017

I found it rather boring.

Jan 10, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised because I didnt have high expectations.
Fiennes did a great job and I loved the exploration of the story of Jesus from this new angle.
I absolutely LOVED the way the disciples and Jesus were portrayed

Besides the fact that they left out some things that happened, and made the Apostles really weird, it was a ok movie.

Sep 21, 2016

Wasn't sure what to expect, but I really liked this movie.

Aug 31, 2016

An interesting take on the well-known story. Very graphic scene of the crucifixion not for everyone. Fiennes does a good job as the Roman tribune.

Aug 07, 2016

Excellent* * * * * *

Jul 27, 2016

Interpretation of the people and days between Yeshua's resurrection and ascend to heaven through the eyes of His disciples and especially a Roman officer who worshiped Mars, the god of war. Too bad there was no new revelations on why Yeshua chose to prove His resurrection only to a handful of believers instead of the sceptical masses. And a bit more budget on the miraculous scenes would not hurt. Per the bonus interviews, surprised that it was filmed in Spain and on Malta (the Sea of Galilee was stitched together with CGI on the beaches of Spain’s Almeria province.) Nonetheless, a good effort.

Jul 22, 2016

Great movie. Not sure why there would be any negative comments and poor reviews here, it was very well produced, quality actors and the settings and context were quite appropriate, as well as the contrast between Roman and Jewish cultures. The story is very well told. Maybe you have to know the Bible a bit, or maybe you have to be a believer in Jesus Christ as lord and saviour of the world to completely get this .....

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