Action, Adventure, Drama
1 hour 47 minutes
Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis

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We’re in the middle of Lent so it’s not surprising that a film about Christ’s resurrection hits theatres this weekend. But unlike, other biblical movies, this one is not straight from the pages of the bible. (Mel Gibson does not show up.) In fact, this one comes from an agnostic’s point of view. And while there are agnostics mentioned in the bible they aren’t the focus of a long story line. From the director of Waterworld and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves comes Kevin Reynold’s murder mystery, detective story “Risen” about a Roman soldier on the hunt for the missing body of Yeshua or Jesus as most people know him.

Before we ever see Jesus or Mary or a disciple we learn about Clavius – a military tribune or officer in the Roman Army. He’s a direct report to Pontius Pilate, Roman Governor of Judaea. Every day of Clavius’s adult life has involved some kind of killing, usually at his hands. Actor Joseph Fiennes who plays Clavius believes that much war and death has pushed his character to the brink of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The story begins with the day of Yeshua’s crucifixion. Everyone – Christian and otherwise – already knows that story. Even if they only attend church once a year – they know that story. They may not understand it or believe it, but they know it. So what Reynolds and screenwriter Paul Aiello did was approach it from a completely didn’t angle. Instead of being a story told by one of the disciples who’s been hanging out with Jesus, watching miracle after miracle, listening to his messages of love and salvation, it’s told from the view point of an average person albeit a Type A personality who doesn’t believe. Clavius is a guy with an ugly day job but one that he hopes will move him up the corporate ladder so that he can eventually get out the trenches and stop killing people and find some peace.

When he’s charged with keeping track of the body of this guy named Yeshua, he takes the job very seriously. Afterall, his boss is very concerned about the public uproar over this guy named Yeshua who claims to be the Messiah and who has told his disciples that after his death he will resurrect again. Pontius Pilate is convinced if that body goes missing the zealots will take the story and run with it causing uphevel and unrest.

When the body in fact, does disappear, Clavius is interogating witnesses and disciples and Yeshua’s family members. He won’t sleep until he finds that body. What he finds instead is the very man who he saw breathe is last breath on the cross is now showing off his crucifixtion scares to the men and women who believe he is God. But will even that shocking discovery change this man? “Risen” is now in theatres.

Arruga! – 1 (a very bloody and violent PG-13)
Fidget Factor – 0 (only an hour and 48 minutes)
Age Range – 12 and up (if they can handle he blood and guts)
Ovearll Grade – B+

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