(2014) (Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Biblical Drama: The story of Jesus Christ is told from his birth to his ministry to the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
- During the time of the Roman Empire and Julius Caesar, Jesus of Nazareth (DIOGO MORGADO) is born in the town of Bethlehem to the Virgin Mary (ROMA DOWNEY) and grows up to become a great teacher, healer, and rabbi. He develops a large following and assembles 12 disciples, mostly commoners such as the fisherman, Peter (DARWIN SHAW); the good-hearted John (SEBASTIAN KNAPP); and his eventual betrayer, Judas Iscariot (JOE WREDDEN).
When Jesus proclaims himself the Messiah, the only Son of God, he is accused of blasphemy by Caiaphas (ADRIAN SCHILLER), Simon the Pharisee (PAUL MARC DAVIS), and other Jewish leaders of the time. During Passover in the City of Jerusalem, they seize Christ and bring him before the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate (GREG HICKS), to be tried as an enemy of the state who has threatened insurrection.
After having Jesus whipped, Pilate adheres to Jewish Passover tradition and offers the people a choice -- release Jesus or the murderer Barabbas (FRASER AYRES). Incited by Caiaphas who stacks the crowd with those he has been able to influence, the people pick Barabbas and Jesus is brutally crucified. Three days after his death, though, he rises from the dead and inspires his disciples to launch an outreach ministry that will change the world.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Children brought up in the Christian faith will likely have the most interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For intense and bloody depiction of The Crucifixion, and for some sequences of violence.
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