In the Holy Land, the Roman occupation has produced a cauldron of oppression, anxiety and excessive taxes levied upon the Jewish people. Fearing the wrath of Roman governor Pontius Pilate (Greg Hicks), Jewish high priest Caiaphas (Adrian Schiller) tries to keep control of his people. That control is threatened when Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, performing miracles and spreading messages of love and hope. Those who fear that Jesus will inspire a revolution to decide that he must die. (1)
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Hello, Movie Buffs!
Son of God (2014) is an adaption of History Channel's miniseries The Bible (2013), and while some viewers said the film was a bore I found it to be a pretty engaging film. It is unrealistic to expect every Bible-based film to 100% accurate as there will always be haters; then again Jesus has always had that effect on haters. The biggest issue with the film is the artistic liberties taken with the story, that certain facts were wrong in accordance to scripture: the manner in which Lazarus is resurrected is different, and the time that Peter denounces Jesus and the time Jesus destroys the money transactions inside the temple is not accurate. There is also the omission of the enemy confronting and tempting Jesus. Instead, the film underscores the evil of mankind and adds extra scenes with Pilate’s wife for no real reason. However, there are always risks in adapting any great story, especially when it is the greatest story ever told.
Every Jesus based film will have its share of haters for either because it’s a Christian film or because certain details were changed from scripture to film. So is the Son of God worth seeing? Well, that depends on the person, regardless it is a pretty good film. Son of God is a simple recount of Jesus’ life, crucifixion, and resurrection. And for someone who has not been exposed to the Word, this film is an easy follow. The story is narrated by John the Beloved – one of Jesus’ disciples and closest friends –and all the major events from the New Testament are included but there is no clear definition of the character's location in each scene. In contrast, the story effectively shows how much the 12 disciples believed in and loved him as well as highlighting that they were still learning and did not always understand Jesus’ reasoning in the 3 ½ years they followed him. In order to cover all of Jesus’ life in under two hours, the story moves along at a brisk pace. There are moments of political intrigue, drama, and a sense of wonder all throughout.
Although there is not exactly anything much to be revealed, the characters perform well and the actors look the part. Audiences have to remember that this is a film based on a TV series so it is understandable that the film would have your basic TV movie acting. Some of the dialogue is over-simplified and lose some of their impacts, like let he who is without sin cast the first stone" is delivered here as "I'll give my stone to the first man who tells me that he has never sinned"
Overall, Son of God (2014) is an adequate film although there is a clear TV movie feel to it. Despite a few inconsistencies, the story is simply told and the characters perform well. This is a good start for those who have never heard or know very little about Jesus and the Word.
"We are going to change the world."
- Jesus [to Peter]
Worth Seeing: 7 of 10 stars
Worth Buying: 7 of 10 stars
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