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Risen

Risen

Jan 27, 2016

When a recently buried body disappears, Roman military figure Clavius (played by Joseph Fiennes) is given orders to take charge and get to the bottom of it. Pressure builds for Clavius as the Emperor is expected to arrive anytime. The Roman military believes that the believers of Christ swiped the body from its tomb. Rumors are spreading that the body was not stolen, but the dead man has risen. Clavius finds himself uncertain of what he truly believes. Risen tells the biblical story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the unique perspective of one of the men who killed him.

We have all heard the story of Jesus Christ. He was born to Mary Magdalene, who was said to be a virgin. Most of us have learned many details of what his life was supposedly like growing up. As an adult, he told the world who he was – the son of God. There were people who had faith in him, but many did not. He was ultimately crucified for claiming to be the son of God. As the story goes, Jesus rose from the grave three days after his body was placed in the tomb to be sealed.

In the film industry, there have been countless movies made about Jesus. Viewers may hear about this movie and think “great, ANOTHER bible movie!”, but Risen appears to have an appealing difference. Almost all of the other “Jesus movies” are primarily focused on the events that lead to Jesus’ death, or the mere fact that he was crucified. Little is told about what happens afterwards – Risen is different in that sense. It is unique in the way it tells the story of Christ. The main character is not Jesus himself, but a well-respected member of the Roman military named Clavius. The story is not told as a significant point in one religion’s background, but as a historical manhunt.

This may not come as a surprise to many, but bloodshed is expected to be seen in this movie. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has rated Risen PG-13 for “biblical violence, including some disturbing images”. This exciting film is set to release in America on February 19, 2016.

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