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Son of God

While it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that Son of God was adapted from another medium, this retelling of the story of Jesus Christ borrows less from the actual Bible than from The Bible: The film was adapted from last year's extremely successful History Channel miniseries. Yet this is a small-scale affair. Compared to Noah sailing the Great Flood or Moses parting the Red Sea, Jesus' miracles look more like card tricks (so many involve fish!). After the three wise men's brief visit with an already wearily devout Mary—played by Touched by an Angel's Roma Downey, who produced the film with her husband, reality-programming legend Mark Burnett—we're introduced to a Christ fully grown and swimming in beatitude. As played by Portuguese heartthrob Diogo Morgado, our hero sets out getting the band together by forcing meet-cutes with each apostle and generally papering over wholly reasonable questions with a self-delight bordering on arrogance. Has any iteration of Christ so clearly betrayed a Rock Star complex? With the apostles all but indistinguishable—save for a Judas oozing disrepute and the ever-doubting Thomas, who looks like a soccer hooligan for reasons never explained—the conflicted villains of our tale effortlessly steal center stage as the action moves to a cheaply CGI-modeled Jerusalem. After a resurrection scene that feels especially tacked-on, our sermon has ended, and I don't think the sequel's coming any time soon.
  • Genres: Historical drama
  • Release Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Bloody Depictn of Crucifixion, Some Sequences of Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: D
  • Starring: Diogo Morgado [Jesus], Greg Hicks [], Adrian Schiller [], Darwin Shaw [], Joe Wredden [], Simon Kunz [], Paul Davis [], Matthew Gravelle [], Amber Revah [], Roma Downey [Mother Mary]
  • Directed by: Christopher Spencer [Director], Tony Mitchell [Director], Crispin Reece [Director], Nic Young [Screenwriter], Richard Bedser [Screenwriter], Christopher Spencer [Screenwriter], Colin Swash [Screenwriter], Roma Downey [Producer], Mark Burnett [Producer], Richard Bedser [Producer], Hans Zimmer [Original Music], Rob Goldie [Cinematographer]
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