Son of God
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Theatrical Release: 2/28/2014
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Richard Bedser & Christopher Spencer
Producer: Mark Burnett & Roma Downey
Director: Christopher Spencer
Runtime: 138 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Roma Downey, Diogo Morgado,Louise Delamere
From the award-winning producers of the record-breaking miniseries The Bible, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, comes SON OF GOD, the larger-than-life story of The New Testament, to be released by 20th Century Fox on February 28, 2014. SON OF GOD is a major motion picture that brings the life of Jesus Christ to the big screen like never before.
Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®- winner Hans Zimmer. Award-winning actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
The movie is action-packed with special effects, powerful acting, and beautiful cinematography. It marks the first major motion picture about Jesus' life since Passion of the Christ, released ten years ago.
The best on-screen biblical account of the life of Jesus!
"Son of God" is lovingly made from start to finish. It is a warm and moving picture of the life of Jesus from the beginning to the resurrection. Producer Mark Burnett said they could not possibly film everything that happened in the gospels, so he selected certain highlights that conveyed the character and nature of Jesus as the true Son of God. This film is filled with compelling cinematography and closeups that draw the audience right into the midst of each scene.
"Son Of God" opens with a declaration from the book of John, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God". The film reinforces that pronouncement with various events including Adam being created from the dirt, scenes of Noah and Moses leading up to the eventual telling of the story of Jesus. His birth in Bethlehem and His baptism by John the Baptist were clearly portrayed. Other moving scenes include Jesus teaching the Beatitudes, walking on the water, the feeding of the multitude, and raising Lazarus from the dead. The film treats Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey followed by the Last Supper and His betrayal with careful detail. Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and his capture through to the crucifixion are indelible reminders of His suffering and sacrifice for mankind. Of course no story of the Son of God would be complete without His resurrection.
I found myself spiritually stirred as I watched this movie. The brutality of the crucifixion reminded me of what Christ willingly endured to redeem the lost. It renewed me. The movie is filmed in Morocco with realistic scenes including incredible views of the temple in Jerusalem. It is one of those rare pictures that features stirring music, a great story, and a superb cast. The viewer will feel Mary's pain as Roma Downey does a remarkable job portraying the mother of Jesus witnessing her son cruelly tortured and crucified. Diogo Morgado is a strong and convincing Jesus.
We recommend "Son of God" and award it our Faith Based Seal. There are graphically violent moments including scenes of Roman soldiers attacking the crowds and Jesus' suffering and crucifixion. This is a movie with a message. It willl take you on a powerful, compelling and, in the end, spiritual journey.
Dick Rolfe, CEO of The Dove Foundation
Encourages You to Go See "Son of God"
Sex: It is said a woman was caught in adultery (not shown) and Jesus forgives her.
Violence: Several bloody scenes including a Roman sword drawing blood that is sprayed; several people are shoved and hit and beaten; the beating and whipping of Jesus as his bloody back and face are shown on screen; a crown of thorns makes Jesus bleed; the pounding of nails in Jesus' hands and feet and his cries are realistically portrayed; man is cut with sword; man's feet are seen after he hangs himself; boys' bloody faces are seen; corpses are seen lying on ground; man's ear is cut with some blood revealed but it is miraculously healed; spear thrust into Jesus' side producing blood.
Nudity: Shirtless men and men in loin cloths.
Other: Man spits a few times; gambling for man's clothes.