Sony Pictures releases it’s faith-based film, RISEN today. RISEN tells the story of a Roman inquiry into the reported resurrection of Jesus Christ, who was called “King of the Jews” and the “Messiah.” The Pharisees and scribes of the day told the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate, that the followers of Jesus were claiming He would rise again in three days, and so requested to have soldiers guarding His tomb, in case His followers tried to steal the body and claim He had risen. The order was given and the soldiers were posted, but three days after the crucifixion, the tomb was found to be empty. The Roman senate orders a centurion (Joseph Fiennes) to lead an investigation into the allegations that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead, as asserted by His disciples. The centurion soon finds himself on a road of self discovery, as well as learning who Jesus was, what exactly was His mission, and why the mighty Roman Empire felt threatened.
Based off reviews that I’ve read so far, Hollywood got it right and RISEN is a must see movie.
“Risen” is a powerful telling of the aftermath of the resurrection of Jesus told from the perspective of a non-believer – a Roman military officer.
Joseph Fiennes, who plays Clavius, assigned to investigate the disappearance of Jesus’ body, said they strived very hard with this movie to get a balance between scripture and film, and even leaned heavily on the church community.
“We strived very hard in getting the balance between cinema and Scripture,” Fiennes said. “Working with the church communities in the process of making the film has allowed us to stay as true as possible to Scripture.”