The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ has been the subject matter of a multitude of films throughout cinema history. These events are rich in intrigue, controversy and lie at the heart of the largest world religion. It might be said that all has been said about this story. Yet, as the Easter season approaches, studios are still striving to capitalise on the biggest turning point in history; Sony provides the latest outing into the Messianic adventure, Risen.
Veteran director Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) delivers a fresh spin on this exceptionally well known tale. It is told from the view of a fictional Roman officer charged with ensuring that Jesus’ body remains dead and buried. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) oversees the sealing of Jesus’ tomb and installs the men who must guard it against vandals and the followers of the Christ.
As Clavius performs these duties, Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) wants to keep political order and the Jewish leadership wants to keep Jesus’ disorderly sect from growing. That seems like it won’t be much of a problem because the disciples of the ‘King of the Jews’ have gone into hiding. But news comes that the tomb has been emptied and there are rumours that Jesus has been seen walking among people in the area. Clavius turns from guard to investigator and must find the body of the so-called prophet before disorder erupts in Jerusalem and throughout the countryside.
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