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Had I not read the film reviews in our local paper at the weekend, I would not have read about the new film Risen, which is now showing in the UK at Cineworld cinemas through April 7, 2016.

The Cineworld site describes Risen‘s plot as follows:

Peter Firth stars as Pontius Pilate in this unofficial follow-up to The Passion of the Christ.

In 33AD, Christ has already resurrected from his death on the crucifix. Now, in order to quell an imminent uprising, a member of the Roman army, Clavius, is charged by Roman prefect Pontius Pilate to locate the missing body of Jesus. It is Pilate’s job to not only locate the corpse of Christ but to arrest those disciples who snatched his body. The mission becomes a learning experience for Pilate as his discovers who Jesus really was… Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Waterworld) returns to the director’s chair after an absence of ten years with this unique take on the Greatest Story Ever Told.

Spooks star Peter Firth takes on the role of Pontius Pilate, with Tom Felton (Harry Potter) as Lucius and Joseph Fiennes as Clavius.

The review I read said the film had:

nothing of interest to secularists.

That’s a good sign, indicating that the story is respectfully told. The reviewer gave it two stars.

So did The Guardian. That said, you find out more about the story and the implications of Christ’s resurrection on the political and religious establishments.

GodVine has an article on the film, which is based on Matthew 28:6:

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Cliff Curtis, a Maori, plays the role of Yeshua. One of GodVine‘s readers says:

A very good film – not Hollywoodish at all – the actor who played Jesus (actually a Maori New Zealander) didn’t even have to say much to get his heart across. Moving and memorable. I’m ready to see it again.

The trailer, at any rate, looks excellent:

It is only showing in a handful of British cinemas, and none is near where I live. All being well, it will be shown on television at some point.

If anyone reading this has seen it, please do feel free to comment below.

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