I will freely admit, that I will always go to a Christian movie just to support a Christian cause. We went to God's Not Dead. We went to Heaven Is Real. We went to War Room. We go to Christian movies to support those that are trying to spread good values. This is what we do.
That being said, I wasn't too excited to go to Risen. I'm always skeptical of movies about Jesus Christ and what they will portray of Him. So often, they make it look like He was a good person, and may even be a God, but that His gospel is somehow lacking, and not realistic to live in today's society. Hmmm.
Risen is the story of Clavius, a well respected Roman tribune, that takes his orders from Pilate. The story starts at the crucifixion of Christ, where Clavius starts to hear the story of this remarkable man, that people are claiming is the King of the Jews. He is told to go make sure Jesus is dead on the cross, and as he does so, he sees the utter devotion and love Jesus' followers have for Him. Clavius takes pity on the devotees, and gives them the body of Jesus to bury in a tomb of one who loved Him. The story then follows the story we all know, the tomb is sealed, but the bonds are broken. Jesus' body disappears, His followers say He is risen, His enemies say it is a lie, His body is searched for to prove that He is not alive. At this point, in the movie, Pilate sends Clavius to question all of Jesus' disciples, and apostles, to see if he can find Jesus' body. As he hears all the accounts of the believers, he starts to question his own beliefs. Short story, he ends up seeing Jesus for himself, and then really has to reconcile what he thinks is truth, and what he is seeing with his own eyes.
There's a lot more, but I'll let you be surprised. ;)
And now what did we think of the movie? I will say that both Terry and I came out of there liking the movie! There were something's that I was uncomfortable with but over all, I felt like the portrayal of the Christ was in keeping with what I think of Christ. The thing that both Terry and I came out thinking about was how they portrayed Christ as a very happy person! As He talked to His apostles, after the resurrection, He is happy, and smiling, and laughing. And the apostles are happy, and smiling, and laughing. They love this man, and they are so happy to see Him. I found this depiction refreshing. In my own thinking, I'm sure they were all happy! How could they not be! And when Christ has to leave them again, you can see their sorrow. I appreciated that so much.
I also loved the character of Clavius. You could see his struggle, and I feel that it is the same struggle people have today, about whether or not there could possibly be a God that can make a difference in our lives. (There is. Ask me and I will tell you all about Him. :) ) And here's a little funny thing-- Clavius gets an apprentice while he is trying to find Jesus' body. When the apprentice comes on the screen, Terry says to me, "Isn't that the bad kid on Harry Potter?" And I was like, "It doesn't look like him....." And then to all the chagrin of everyone around me, I whipped out my phone and IMBD-ed it, and yep! It was Tom Felton, none other than Draco Malfoy!! I didn't even recognize him! He has a much rounder face now.
Okay, so here's the skivvy though. I wouldn't probably pay $10 for a ticket to go see this movie. I know, I know. We need to support the cause! But I'm also a bit of a movie ticket snob, so I would say definitely rent the video, see if this moves you, and then buy the movie when it becomes a $5 movie. That would be my recommendation.