“Risen” is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
“What a good surprise it was to watch a biblical feature less preachy, less stuffy and more entertaining than most. ‘Risen’ is an original crime-fiction take on a story as old as stories get.”
— Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“We know how it turns out, but seeing from the point of view of someone who doesn’t know and doesn’t believe adds more cogency.”
— Peter Keough, Boston Globe
I grew up with films like Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments and I loved them, but they were very evangelical and of their day,” Fiennes says. “Now we’ve got either revisionist or Sunday school and boring, so I feel what’s nice is here, we have a film that’s a fresh angle. It’s a conversation of faith, but at the same time, if you’re not a believer, you can still take away the components of redemption, forgiveness and a second chance, which is Clavius’ journey.”
Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY
CHRIST IS RISEN!
From the April 20, 1957 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Throughout the world on Easter morning there will be heard in sermon and song and on the lips of countless Christians the glad words: “He is risen!” “Christ is risen!” What is the meaning of the resurrection morn to Christian Scientists? It sets forth the great demonstration of Jesus in proof that death is not a reality but an illusion to be rejected as unreality. His resurrection establishes forever the fact that the individual has inherent dominion over the belief that life is in matter and is controlled by mortality.
To such as are plagued with remorse for past experiences, with pains of the present, and with fears of the future, the angels of God are speaking, giving promises of abundant good and assurances of resurrection. In “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” our Leader writes (p. 299): “My angels are exalted thoughts, appearing at the door of some sepulchre, in which human belief has buried its fondest earthly hopes. With white fingers they point upward to a new and glorified trust, to higher ideals of life and its joys.” And she concludes with these words: “By giving earnest heed to these spiritual guides they tarry with us, and we entertain ‘angels unawares.’ ”
In 1902 our Leader sent a letter to the Christian Scientists in Concord, New Hampshire, which carries to all of us today a message of hope and comfort. It reads in part as follows (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 155): “May this glad Easter morn find the members of this dear church having a pure peace, a fresh joy, a clear vision of heaven here,— heaven within us,—and an awakened sense of the risen Christ. May long lines of light span the horizon of their hope and brighten their faith with a dawn that knows no twilight and no night.”