(2018) (Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: With Emperor Nero persecuting Christians, a Greek physician travels to Rome to capture the last words of wisdom from one of Christ's apostles who's now imprisoned and facing execution.
- It's AD 67 and following fires that have destroyed great swaths of Rome, Emperor Nero has blamed that on followers of Christ and specifically one of his apostles, Paul (JAMES FAULKNER). Formerly known as Saul of Tarsus (YORGOS KARAMIHOS) who persecuted Christians himself before having an epiphany and becoming a follower, Paul is now an old man held in a prison run by Roman prefect Mauritius Gallas (OLIVIER MARTINEZ). He's a former decorated soldier who hates this new assignment and believes Nero is bad for the empire, but nonetheless goes about his job. At least it means he's home with his family, although he's concerned about his teen daughter's worsening medical condition, something his Roman gods have yet to remedy.
In the midst of the new persecution that includes Christians being fed to the lions in the Roman circus when not being lit ablaze on streets as "Roman candles," Christian couple Priscilla (JOANNE WHALLEY) and Aquila (JOHN LYNCH) oversee a secret and hidden community of like-minded people who are simply trying to stay safe. For them, they must determine whether it's better to stay and hide or simply leave the city, while some younger people, such as Cassius (ALESSANDRO SPERDUTI) -- whose younger cousin was murdered by the Romans -- thinks they should fight back.
They're heartened by the arrival of Paul's old friend and protégé, the Greek physician Luke (JIM CAVIEZEL), who's arrived to meet with Paul and record the last of his wisdom about being Christian. With the apostle resigned to his pending execution, he speaks freely to Luke about his past life and related atrocities as well as his conversion and attempts to spread the faith.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those interested in the Biblical aspect of the story might show some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some violent content and disturbing images.
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