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Risen (2016)

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In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead.

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Kevin Reynolds

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Kevin Reynolds (screenplay), Paul Aiello (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Fiennes ... Clavius
Tom Felton ... Lucius
Peter Firth ... Pilate
Cliff Curtis ... Yeshua
María Botto ... Mary Magdalene (as Maria Botto)
Luis Callejo ... Joses
Antonio Gil ... Joseph of Arimathea
Richard Atwill Richard Atwill ... Polybius
Stewart Scudamore ... Peter
Andy Gathergood ... Quintus
Stephen Hagan ... Bartholomew
Mish Boyko Mish Boyko ... John
Jan Cornet ... Thomas / Dydimus
Joe Manjón ... Simon the Canaanite (as Joe Manjon)
Pepe Lorente ... Thaddeus
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Storyline

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. Written by Sony Pictures

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Witness the manhunt that changed the course of human history


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Rated PG-13 for Biblical violence including some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This topic about Christ resurrection has already been spoken about in 1985, with Damiano Damiani's "Inchiesta" aka The Inquiry. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Clavius is depicted alongside many Roman soldiers doing battle with zealots just outside Jerusalem, led by a man named Barabbas. Assuming this Barabbas is likely the same zealot mentioned in the New Testament freed by Pontius Pilate in place of the condemned Yeshua, there is no realistic way for him to have been in both places (being freed from the Fortress Antonia and doing battle with Romans in the desert) at the same time, as this could have only happened a few hours prior to the start of the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Inn Keeper: Roman, huh? That's a Tribune's ring?
Clavius: Yes.
Inn Keeper: Have you come far?
Clavius: [narrating as he remembers a battle in Judea] Thirty years the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar has ruled the wasteland of Judea and its people. As Tribune to Prefect Ponpiu Pilate, my task is to keep order in a city that is steeped in unrest. The Jews pray to their single God, Yahweh, for the arrival of the mystical Messiah. As their religious leader, the Sanhedrin try to keep an uneasy peace. But each day creates more zealots ...
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Witch/Risen (2016) See more »

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This is an interesting take on an oft told tale.
20 March 2016 | by Artless_DodgerSee all my reviews

Set in Jerusalem in AD33, this is the tale of Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a Roman tribune tasked with finding the body of Yeshua (Cliff Curtis) to destroy the rumours that he is the Messiah.

For Yeshua, read Jesus. It's a tale we know well, but Clavius has yet to discover the truth. His hard bitten Roman intellect, born out of military service and harsh necessity, refuses to accept the supernatural tale unravelling before him. Pontius Pilate (Colin Firth) exerts increasing pressure, needing to quell unrest before the Emperor arrives. What follows is a well played and involving detective story, as Clavius pursues clues and suspects in search of the truth and a body.

His search eventually leads him to a spiritual awakening, and the film changes. It's no longer a detective story. It's a story about something much bigger and I don't need to tell you what that is.

Fiennes is very good as Clavius. Convincing both as the put upon tribune, under pressure to solve the mystery of the missing body, and as the man for whom everything changes.

For this viewer, this is an interesting take on an oft told tale, from a very different perspective. If you are an atheist without an open mind, this probably isn't for you. Otherwise, I'd recommend it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Risen See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,801,271, 21 February 2016

Gross USA:

$36,880,033

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,432,579
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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