Review of the Movie “Risen” (2016) – John Boruff

RisenI’m not a big TV and movie watcher. But I recently rented the movie Risen (2016) and I have to say this is one of the most God-glorifying, reverent movies I’ve ever seen. It’s sort of like a re-make of The Robe (1953), but the plot is different and its much better in my opinion. I really felt like I had an encounter with Jesus in the Spirit as I watched it. I felt like I was experiencing it. The action theme was apparently influenced by The Bible: The Epic Miniseries (2013), but the acting and the theatrics were just much well done here; in this way, the movie might appeal more to men than women. Well done, very well done, to everyone who was part of making this film. The movie is of the “historical fiction” genre that follows the Roman tribune who was responsible for overseeing the soldiers who crucified Jesus and guarded His tomb. After the resurrection, the tribune, named Clavius, gets more and more information, more leads, and gets into a detective like pursuit of the corpse of Jesus, when at long last he stumbles in on the apostles as they are crowded around Jesus in the upper room; and he recognizes Jesus’ face as the same man that he had crucified a few days ago. Then he abandons the Roman army and becomes a disciple. This is the perfect movie to watch around Easter: right after watching Jesus of Nazareth (1977).

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is a Philosophy and Religion graduate from UNC Pembroke. In his free time, he blogs about the Christian life; and has special interests in evangelism and spiritual gifts. He identifies himself as a Reformed Arminian Pentecostal. He’s also a husband and dad. John loves street preaching. His influences are Leonard Ravenhill, David Wilkerson, John Wesley, Charles Finney, etc. John is always in the process of writing; and is posting free e-books on this site for cultivating a deeper Christian life. Among them are his 'How to Experience God' and 'The Gospel of Jesus Christ.' He is currently working on the lives of great prophets in church history—from Catholic saints to Protestant reformers and revivalists. He is also working on a Biblical theology of poverty alleviation.
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