It doesn’t seem that there has been much hype about the movie “Risen” (released on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016), yet this writer has a few questions and observations. “Risen” is a well written movie and Clif Curtis (portraying Yahshua) is a fine actor who did a great character of Jesus with limited scriptural lines, yet what is the real purpose of the movie?
The movie “Risen”, according to Sony Pictures, follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Yahshua in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
The other characters in the motion picture portray the same people found in the New Testament of the Bible. Some Biblical occurrences in “Risen” are shuffled around, but only those familiar with the order of things in the Word of God, would recognize that the Biblical stories are not necessarily in chronological order, just as the books of the Bible aren’t either.
Other questions that may arise are: Why is the motion picture industry producing so many Christian movies at this time of the year such as: “Young Messiah” and “Miracles from Heaven” (due for release on March 16, 2016)? Usually remembrances about Jesus & Christianity come out around Easter or Christmas. Is it all for capital gain? Would producers invest their money and time if they didn’t think that the picture would make money?
Sure, “War Room” was a hit in the Christian realm because it focused on the power of prayer in the lives of people, and is very relevant to people today. Nonetheless, the “Greatest Story Ever Told” has been shown in theaters and on the television just as: “The Robe,” “The Ten Commandments” & “The Passion of the Christ” (just to name a few); how have these films impacted the community?
“Young Messiah,” due for release on March 11, 2016, is directed by Chris Columbus (director of “Home Alone,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” & other movies), who was a guest on the Kathie Lee & Hoda show. He stated that “Young Messiah” is from the Ann Rice novel, “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt”, which imagines what might have happened in the life of young Jesus. Columbus stated that the movie is NOT a part of Biblical scripture, but it was made to instill & restore people’s faith.
Additional questions: Have you seen the movie “Risen”? Will you be going to see any of the movies mentioned above? What are your thoughts? For Christians these movies are nice, yet will these films draw ‘non-believers’ closer to Christ?