The movie Risen – Who is this movie really for?

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Risen is a creative attempt to share with every one else what really happened between Easter and the Ascension. And it will do so using the fictional story of Clavius (Fiennes), a Roman officer who is assigned by Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to investigate and hopefully find the body of Jesus (called more appropriately Yeshua).

At the end of the day, every film-goer needs to ask ourselves: Who is this movie really for? Is this movie going to mean anything outside of the active Christian community, who already know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? I doubt that it can convert the nonbeliever, entertain the atheist, or convince the skeptic.

Rather than more evangelical movies filled with the well-meaning faithful, Bible movies that go over the same turf, or the occasional extracanonical Jesus flick , I long for good movies featuring characters who happen to be Christian and make moral choices based on their beliefs. That would be something to talk about!

Read Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Gladers’s full review.