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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.


Kevin Reynolds


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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Witness the manhunt that changed the course of human history

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The way Jesus is crucified is the same from the The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003). Jesus in both versions is shown crucified in a T-shaped cross, nailed through small pieces of wood on his wrists and his feet are placed on two mounts, one on the left and the other at the right. See more »


The movie shows Jesus' arms pierced just above the wrists. Those who have received the "stigmata," such as St. Francis of Assisi, show wounds at the palms. Common Roman practice at the time was to nail the condemned at the wrists, with the arms supported by ropes. The movie's depiction is likely correct. See more »


[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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A Fresh but Solemn View
9 March 2016 | by amyamy-49421See all my reviews

Risen gave a fresh but solemn view of the biblical story of the aftermath of Jesus's crucifixion as it tells the story through the eyes of a conflicted and emotionally drained Roman soldier named Clavius. Clavius seems more of a tired observer with his deep stare and mellow manner, and he seems appalled by the violence that the Roman soldiers perform, violence that he himself is called on to perform as well. He is tired of it all and wants to retire to a quiet life with a family, without witnessing any more deaths. None-the-less, duty demands that he kill from time to time, which he dutifully does, and he seems half mortified over this, and half compliant. During the battle in the beginning of the movie, Clavius apathetically kills a Jewish rebel, and later, during the tri-crucifixion scene, he orders a Roman soldier to break a prisoner's leg as he's dying on the cross, then runs his spear through Jesus's ribs, and he's no more bothered by this than if someone fender-bendered him at the supermarket.

The way Fiennes played his role as a troubled Roman official was intriguing, capturing civilians to question them about the whereabouts of Jesus's body, then dismissing them at will. The viewer expected Clavius to perhaps resort to violence or torture to get his captures to speak and reveal where Jesus's body is, knowledge that he desperately needed to satisfy his commander, Pontius Pilate. However, Clavius never quite went that far, either out of compassion or exhaustion. While Fiennes was cast well, Curtis, who plays Jesus, is a cross between a California hippie and a happy skateboard dude in a Coke commercial. In his final good-bye scene, Jesus glibly calls across the sand yelling his farewell as if mom was telling her kids to be good while dad's in charge.

Clavius's young side kick Lucius is played by Tom Felton, and unlike Draco, Lucius follows Clavius around looking confused. Bartholomew was my favorite character. Clavius demands that Bartholomew tell him where Jesus's body is, and Bartholomew grins flippantly and conveys that he ain't telling nothing'! Clavius interrogates him more harshly, kicks him to the ground, and Bartholomew gets up and slowly approaches Clavius, solemnly bends down to his ear, and says, "he's everywhere!" Then Bartholomew beams and prances away; the joke's on Clavius! The only more comical scene was when Clavius asked a group of men, "Does any of you know Mary Magdalene?" and all of them raised their hands. One more -- I was amused when Mary Magdalene looked like Miss Karate Woman beats Godzilla when she kicked an advancing soldier out of her way and escaped through a stone window. Mary is cast well, but her role is too brief, as is all the twelve disciples who are never given any individual definition (except for Simon, who sometimes pouts, and who sometimes is as happy as Santa Claus). Pontius Pilate is old and whiny and is fixated on not upsetting public opinion. Maybe he was really like that, but they don't show the inner turmoil he must have felt being forced to kill an innocent man to placate the masses.

We all know the ending, but Risen takes an unorthodox (if you will) direction. We see facial expressions of shock and realization that tell the story better than computer-generated special effects, and we are constantly grounded into this time period with the frequent buzzing of flies over rotting bodies, hair filled with dust and sand, broken statues of the gods, and earthquakes that crack massive stone gates. Thus, Risen shows instead of tells, and doesn't preach, thank God.

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Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Malta See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,801,271, 21 February 2016

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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