Risen DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Yahshua in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

The Review
This close to Easter and it makes sense that Sony Pictures would be ready to release this epic tale that follows on from what was a surprise box office hit, The Passion of the Christ. Here we see what could arguably have been called, “the sequel” as it takes up the story from the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and tells the tale of the following 40 days through the eyes of someone who you would not expect this story to be told by.

While this is a film that is better understood by those with at least a basic understanding of the biblical story of Christ and his final days, there is still plenty going on that makes for an interesting tale and compelling film. For me the bulk of the hard work is done by the cast who put in some brilliant performances. From Fiennes’ Clavius through to Curtis’ Christ, these are believable and powerfully enacted characters.

I love the fact that it took me a long while to realise that Clavius’ second in command was played by Malfoy from the Harry Potter films. While there was a familiarity to his face, he embodied the character so fully that you were focused on this current role and not his acting resume. I think this is by far one of the best signs of a great actor.

That being said there is a scene in the start that sets up the film and continues later on where Clavius is telling his story to another in a tavern and the guy he is talking to is by far one of the worst actors I have ever seen on screen. He is over the top and you would swear that he has come straight out of doing a pantomime play in some rural north English village. Of course I am very pleased to say that his performance is the only one of its kind within this film.
Cast Interviews for Risen

As a Christian, I was deeply moved by this film, however I do suspect that even a non-believer would still find this movie enthralling and compelling, as it is well filmed and well thought out.

The Verdict
A very inspiring and compelling film that will bring elements of the Easter story to life in a very non-threatening yet entertaining manner. Not just for the believers…

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 29th June 2016
Rating: M – Contains violence and content that may disturb
Duration: 107 minutes 
Genre:  Drama
Starring: Tom Felton, Joseph Fiennes, Cliff Curtis
Director: Kevin Reynolds (Waterworld)

The Extras
In 2013, Kevin Reynolds was set as a director for the planned project The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, a mystery thriller film and an unofficial sequel to The Passion of the Christ (2004) set to depict the events surrounding the 40 days following Christ's resurrection in a script written by Paul Aiello.

Tom Felton plays a character named Lucius. This was also the name of his character's father in the Harry Potter franchise.

Tom Felton has worked with Joseph Fiennes' brother, Ralph Fiennes, in the Harry Potter films.

Joseph Fiennes' brother, Ralph Fiennes, also played "Jesus Christ" in the claymation childrens' film "Miracle Maker".