For those who are expecting a repeat of the Mel Gibson movie, then prepare to be disappointed ... or pleasantly surprised. This movie is the sanitized version of the Gibson extravaganza. It is the movie that Gibson would have made if he had decided to ease off on the gratuitous depictions of violence. Depicting violence in a movie about Christ is unavoidable; it is part of the story. The violence has to be shown. The question is: how, without the violence itself becoming the main theme? This movie sticks to the story about Jesus; the violence is a part of the story. He is beaten, mocked, <more>
scorned, discredited, tortured, crucified and murdered. The story is told in its entirety. Yet, the director succeeds in telling the story in a straightforward non-sensationalist manner. By emphasizing Christ's humanity he brings the audience into the story. Regardless of your religious beliefs, one can relate to Jesus, his ministry and what he is trying to accomplish. His actions are plausible and understandable. His preaching is simple, sensible and comprehensible. His suffering and anguish is pitiful; his resurrection miraculous. Here the movie is strongest. Unlike the Gibson film, the resurrection is given full treatment and concludes the movie on a positive note, which is appropriate. The story of Jesus Christ requires no embellishment; it speaks for itself. Jesus was born, conducted his ministry, was betrayed, and was sacrificed. This is how the story is depicted in this movie. What more should anyone expect?
Good film, don't over think it folks... (by markestephan)
So the film is an adaption of the Bible Series on the History Channel. A lot of new scenes, some smooshed together. It is obviously not a Word-for-word reading of the Gospel of John, although it generally tries to follow the Gospel of John. For a two hour movie it does a good job of telling the story. You cannot tell the Gospel story word for word in two hours. So please stop criticizing this movie for not doing that. A lot of folks are knit picky on this film, and rightfully, if you're evaluating it as a theologian, you can. It's inaccurate. HOWEVER, if you're evaluating this <more>
movie from the angle that someone who hasn't read the Bible, you will realize that they will actually for the first time hear the Gospel Story. Did the real Jesus say it exactly the way he did in the movie? Actually, no. He said it in Aramaic. If you're looking for a great film taken WORD-for-WORD from the Gospel of John, I highly recommend watching "The Gospel of John - Visual Bible - 2-DVD set 2005 " you can search on Amazon.com. It is 315 minutes long... That's the unabridged version.I recommend this film, "Son of God" for those who love Jesus, and love the story of what Jesus did. I recommend this film for people who have not read the Bible. If you're a theologian, stay home, read the Bible.
From beginning to end the movie is moving. The acting was amazing, the soundtrack was beautiful. Son of God impacts people all alike whether they're true believers or not. People left the movie in tears because the impact was so great and tissues were constantly being pulled out because everyone couldn't stop crying the movie was that awesome. Without hesitation I would pay to go see it again and take people with me over and over. Each person portrayed was exact, and the tension and the emotions that carried left people watching from the edges of their seats. Son of God reminds <more>
believers of how they should be impacting the world.
My experience of this film is that it was like a "mini-retreat" in which I was touched by the love of Jesus Christ. If you go with an open heart, this film will be a healing, inspiring experience, and will renew you in a way that very few movies can do. You can go to the theater to be entertained, and this movie will entertain you, but how often can you go to a movie that will renew your spirit? This is like consuming a healthy meal that will nourish your body instead of consuming junk food that temporarily fills you, but has really done nothing to nourish you. Seeing Son of God <more>
will feed your mind, heart and soul if you let it.
For those of faith...spirit lifter. (by michaelRokeefe)
SON OF GOD seems to be a pared down version of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's cable classic THE BIBLE. This movie explores the life of Jesus Christ from birth to resurrection. Diogo Morgado plays Jesus, as he did in THE BIBLE. His striking good looks help to command his scenes. And I really can't think of someone else playing the demanding role better. The movie is filmed entirely in Morocco and the wide angle scenes are fantastic. You watch Jesus teaching and healing and of course the heartfelt scenes of dragging His cross to be crucified. You feel the agony and pain as he is <more>
severely beaten. The big AH moment is of course, when Jesus appears at the entrance of the tomb. The audience's mixed reaction was applause to opening crying. This film runs 138 minutes and is rated PG13, due to the graphic violence depicted during the beating and being nailed to the cross. People of faith will have their spirits lifted; but for those of less religious persuasion and just wanted to see a movie have described SON OF GOD as dull and heavy-handed. Of notice are Amber Rose Revah playing Mary Magdalene, Darwin Shaw as Peter and Roma Downey as Mary, the mother of Christ. Also featured are Greg Hicks, Simon Kunz, Sebastian Knapp and Joe Wredden as Judas. Before being too critical, check the Bible.
Fast paced, dynamic. Such a contrast to Zeffirelli's languid "Jesus of Nazareth". It is easy to understand why people were attracted to this itinerant preacher. A plus is that many who are too familiar with Gospel texts may be startled awake when they hear them in new settings or coupled in unfamiliar ways. Making Mary Magdalene a constant companion of the apostles is very significant. The passion scenes are rightfully graphic. But not like those in Gibson's film, "The Passion of Christ" which crossed the line and became "obscene" - i.e., never cutting <more>
away, left "off the scene," from the details that should be left to the viewers' imagination. Gibson's film made most viewers squirm, avert their eyes, or some even get physically ill. This film does not pull away from the horror of what is happening. But instead of causing repulsion, aversion, and the desire to escape from it all, it moves us to deep, deep compassion. And, like his own mother, we feel the desire to relieve the suffering we observe. The film has a completeness to it that goes beyond the end of the story. There is resurrection, the post resurrection appearances, the given mission and empowerment of the Spirit. At the end, as the disciples leave to fulfill that mission, those in the audience who feel they are disciples of Christ, leave inspired with a renewed sense of purpose and strength. Those who are not disciples of Jesus, may feel an invitation from their Creator to look inside and reflect on their own purpose and mission in life. The movie is a gift, a grace, for all who have "eyes to see and ears to hear."
I do have to take exception with the reviews that declare this movie 'boring' because it didn't go all out with special effects – or quote entire passages of the Bible. I thought that this movie was trying to portray a humble man who was simply going about the business of living out his destiny. Which is exactly who Jesus was. I found it refreshing not to have a slam-bang all-out special effects, miracle exploding on the screen, drama-in-you-face version of this life. The important points were there. In fact, just the important moments and quotes that were needed and wanted. I <more>
kept thinking as I'm watching, how could anyone have doubts about this Son of God when it was all such a life as usual, normal people time and yet .and yet here we are 2014 years later, and this is still the most important person who ever walked on this earth. And everyone knows His name and what He did and who He was. No. This movie was precisely what it needed to be and no more. I took extra tissue, but still it wasn't enough. Watching the end of the earthly life of My Lord was so painful, so heart-rending that, indeed, I cried as much as I feared I would. Maybe more.
Good Movie Decent Acting Good Effort to Tell the Story (by sdebeaubien)
Since so many so-called "Christians" are reviewing this movie and ripping it to shreds, I thought I should write a review to give a more balanced opinion. There will be spoilers in my review, so let me just start by saying that it was entertaining and it had its moments. If you are the kind of Christian who thinks that "Only the King James Version" of the Bible is correct, or anybody else who doggedly clings to their own "Traditions" then do not go see it, this movie is not for you.The movie is, however, for the masses of people who have never heard of Jesus, or <more>
who have only heard about Jesus, but they've never read the Bible. About half the material in the movie comes from quotes from the Bible, sometimes juxtaposed around so they are not correct in a strict temporal sense as most of us would put things in some timeline sense anyway but it's alright, I won't fault the movie makers for that. The point is they put all that material in there and tried to get quotes accurate, whether they be from King James, or other translations is somewhat beside the point. Some are a bit liberal, and there a few minor issues with other claims made in the movie.What else they threw in, generally, is the historical struggle between the Jews of Judea with the Romans at the time of the historical Jesus. My opinion is they did a credible job of adding drama and historical fiction extrapolated dialog between the Pharisees and the Sanhedrin the Jewish ruling Council and the Romans, as well as the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot. They also threw in another shady character which at least adds another dimension to the story, again based on a historical person named Barabbas.While the movie was not "Epic" in scope or proportion, and certainly not in cinematography, I gave it a relatively high score 8/10 for its effective acting and tender moments. If you are a Christian, you better ask yourself: "Could I act and play Jesus?" Any Christian certainly had better answer "No!" first, and then say, well I could try. And I'm here to tell you that the fellow in the movie did a credible job. The book of Isaiah tells us that "We esteemed him not" and the meaning is that Jesus had nothing to distinguish Him as God. We could look at Him and see a perfectly ordinary person. It's only once you have met Him and gotten to know who He is that you worship Him.So, in that sense, I believe this movie will introduce a lot of folks to the real Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible. I believe it will make them thirsty for more, which will make them want to read the Bible and get to know Him for who He really is. He is not dead, He is alive, and any person on this earth today can come to know Him.
Jesus is one of those rare historical figures where most people agree that he changed the world for the better, so this is an important film for everyone to see. When I went to see the movie, I must say that I was a little skeptical going in, because sometimes bible films can be a little tacky. But what I discovered was a beautifully created film with good acting, production and entertainment value. Most of all, I really liked the followers of Jesus and their characters--made me ask myself the question "is Jesus relevant to me?" I like movies that make you think. If you're <more>
interested in making a positive impact in your world in some way, I would recommend seeing this inspiring story as the way to learn how.