Movie Review: Risen (2016)

Religion. A touchy subject that I’m not gonna get into in this post. This is meant as a lighthearted review of a movie that includes religious themes. So if you’re a religious individual, any possible criticisms I might have about this movie isn’t about your religion, it’s about this movie as a movie. So here we go.

Ladies and gentlemen, he has… “Risen”.

The story follows Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a Roman who is pretty much the right hand man of Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth). And he has been tasked of finding the body of Jesus (Cliff Curtis), because it has disappeared from the tomb that it has been placed in. So we follow Clavius as he, together with his new assistant Lucius (Tom Felton), investigates what happened to Jesus Corpse. And I actually liked the story here… for the most part. The stuff with Clavius investigating the disappearance of Jesus is quite interesting as it gives us a different angle to look at this really old story. I was honestly hooked by the plot of the movie up to a certain point a little after the halfway point. Because then something happens that changes the movie from one thing to something else. I’m not gonna say exactly what it is, but you can probably figure out what it is. And while the second half of the movie isn’t bad, I wasn’t as interested in it as I was with the first half. First half, really good stuff. Second half, meh.

The characters in this are for the most part pretty interesting. Clavius is a skeptic, at least when he hears about Jesus’ disappearance. The followers of Jesus of course thinks he’s risen (roll credits) to once again walk the earth, spreading love and the word of god. But Clavius is a bit more “That doesn’t make sense, I have to get to the bottom of this mystery”. And Joseph Fiennes did a great job in the role. Tom Felton was good as Lucius (“Harry Potter” prequel, anyone?), playing him as the young and slightly naïve guy who follows Clavius no matter what. Peter Firth was great as Pontius Pilate, playing him as a bit of a dick. Really, it’s overall a well acted movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Roque Baños, and while it’s nothing terribly original, it’s still quite good. It perfectly fits the setting and just overall works very well for the movie.

This movie was directed by Kevin Reynolds, the man who brought us “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and “Waterworld”. And I think he did a good job with this movie. The shots look good and everything just flows nicely. There is a little bit of action too, and it’s okay. Surprisingly violent for PG-13. I’ll also give it this, the sets here look pretty great.

This movie has not been the most well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 51% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 51/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,3/10.

“Risen” presents an interesting spin on the Jesus story, even if it isn’t perfect. It has a pretty good plot, pretty good characters, really good performances, really good music, and really good directing. As previously stated, my problem with the movie comes from the second half not being as interesting as the first one. Time for my final score. *Amen*. My final score for “Risen” is an 8,76/10. While flawed, I do think it’s worth buying.

My review of “Risen” is now completed.

Joseph Fiennes stars in… CSI: Jesus.

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