Risen (2016)

Risen (2016)


Witness the manhunt that changed the course of human history.

Biblical drama tracing the 40 days after the disappearance of the body of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of agnostic Roman Centurion Clavius (Joseph Fiennes). Clavius is charged by Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to investigate rumours of a risen Jewish Messiah and locate the missing body, in order to subdue an imminent uprising in Jerusalem. Co-stars Tom Felton as Lucius and Cliff Curtis as Jesus.

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  • [The] acting is poor, the script is weak (the word "crusade" would not be invented for a thousand years) and the film-making is laughable. Full Review

  • Director Kevin Reynolds doesn't seem to realise he has one of western religion's ripping-est yarns on his hands. Instead, he gives us yet another movie Jesus that is nothing more than long hair and knowing stares. Full Review

  • Not very inspirational Full Review

  • If you drink every time you're reminded of Monty Python's 1979 Judean jaunt, "Life of Brian," you might just make it through to the end. Full Review

  • Though there's some clunky dialogue and not much real character development, Reynolds manages to put the action, mystery and drama elements together into a credible, and at times quite touching whole. Full Review

  • When it becomes the story of Clavius' gradual conversion from sceptic to believer, it seems to lose its nerve. It is earnest and surprisingly restrained. Full Review

  • It's not often that faith-based films, competing in the same marketplace that rewards action, embrace the deeper, more difficult idea of meeting hate with love, but Risen tries. Full Review

  • Whether or not it triggers a craze for divinely inspired detective stories, "Risen" makes a decent case for itself as the "Columbo" of the genre: It's amiable, creaky and not remotely predicated on the element of surprise. Full Review