Posted on 3/17/2016 9:29 AM By Perry Paulding
Did Jesus really rise from the dead? That’s the question that a Roman tribune must face after witnessing the gruesome death of the purported King of the Jews, only to discover that Pilate’s efforts to keep the grave secure have gone awry. It sets him on a course of forensic detective work that has unexpected consequences on his own life.
This is the plot and premise of Risen
. The main character, Clavius, played by Joseph Fiennes (pronounced “Fines”), joins a centurion named Lucius (Tom Felton, formerly of Harry Potter
fame) in this quest for truth, and veteran actor Cliff Curtis plays a surprisingly believable Jesus. His disciples are also portrayed with all their quirks and flaws. In one interrogation scene, Bartholomew is asked to betray the conspirators who assumingly stole the body. When asked of the location of Jesus’ disciples, he humorously replies, “Everywhere!”
is somewhat of an updated version of the classic 1953 film, The Robe
, starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons. Both depict a journey from paganism to personal faith. However, Risen offers a much more compelling case and apologetic. It’s more like the book The Case for Easter
by journalist Lee Strobel, only in reel form. From fulfilled prophecy, to miracles, to the image on the burial shroud, to the payoff of the sentries at the tomb, and the appearances of the risen Christ, the viewer is clearly being challenged to weigh the evidence. (Spoiler Alert!) The climactic result for Clavius is his predictable yet inspiring proclamation, “I believe, and I can never be the same.”