It is not very often a Christian movie gets made in Hollywood and when one does get made it is even less often one would find it playing in a popular cinema. “Risen” is that rare oddity of a Christian film that made it. This movie gives an interesting and unique perspective of Jesus crucifixion and resurrection from the viewpoint of a Roman soldier. I believe this character, Clavius, is fictitious. However, it doesn’t matter, nor does it downplay the significance of the events. The story itself is scriptural, and this unique perspective only points to the magnificence of God’s amazing plan. Our eyes are open to see the resurrection with a new pair of eyes and it is sure to deepen your faith and value the message that love, God’s love, can not be denied. Clavius shows us what the disciples may have been like during that time and what they most likely experienced after Jesus body went missing. The interrogations, the fear, the excitement and raw emotions of Jesus teachings coming to clarity.
The only thing that perplexed me with this film was the lack of Mary mother of God’s presence. It was extremely brief and I assume this may have been because of a Christian vs. Catholic perspective or perhaps they thought her involvement would have turned the storyline into a different direction, something they may have wanted to avoid. Whatever their reasons her lack of presence did not hurt the film’s overall message.
I highly recommend this movie during the Lent and Easter season. Go and check it out before they hide it away in an untouchable archive to be released far too late. I have provided a trailer of the film below.