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(1998), NR [PG*] (-44.5 min)
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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Production (US): Impact Productions
Distribution (US): Creative Trust Workshop
Director(s): Andrea Jobe, Kent Hammond
Producer(s): Tom Newman, Kent Hammond
Story by: Max Lucado
Screenplay: Andrea Jobe, Mark Steele
Cinematography/Camera: Brett Reynolds
Music: Scott Mathews
Film Editing: Randy Steuhm
Casting: Jeffrey Huston
Production Design: David Powell
Resurrection is a powerful a story, nearly as powerful as The Passion of the Christ only shorter with less but more finely tuned detail and in a different and gentler way about a different but related topic. Passion ends with Christ's death. Resurrection begins with it.
A cast of unknown but skilled actors in locations with amazingly fine period detail combined to give a strong sense of true history to this telling of the account of Claudius, the one who drove a spear in the side of Jesus as He hung on the Cross.
The story tells of Claudius (Robert Jobe), a bewildered Roman soldier on the Golgotha execution detail. Claudius was transferred out of another division into the Golgotha detail because he was accused of killing a fellow soldier who was no more than in the way when Claudius reacted as a soldier would to the attacks upon him.
Jesus had looked deeply into Claudius. Claudius related that moment with "I have never seen such powerful eyes ... innocent eyes." Our Lord's gaze into Claudius on Calvary began a change in Claudius. Claudius knew Jesus was talking to him as well as others when Jesus said "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." [Luke 23:34]
Constantly tormented and tortured by, in his own words, having killed an innocent man, Claudius raises suspicions in Marcus (Mark Steele), a fellow soldier and friend in his new unit, of being a sympathizer or of being mentally deranged. Now there, whether intentional, is an item of parallel with modern times. Recall if you will previous mutterings of some of the modern mental health communities and some courts to have believers declared deranged or insane.
In his new assignment, Claudius and a number of other soldiers are tasked to guard the tomb of Jesus. Officials suspect that the body of Jesus would be stolen by Jesus' disciples in order to give credibility to His claims to be the Son of God and that He would be resurrected three days after His Death. [John 2:19]
Soon, an earthquake is felt at the tomb and the stone is rolled away with blinding light and an explosion of Holy Ghost power. [Matt. 28:2 - 4] Though Gabriel is no seen, Matt. 28:4 tells us the soldiers shook and fell to the ground as if dead in fear at the sight of Gabriel, the angel who rolled away the stone. Claudius and the other soldiers witness the miraculous event and see Jesus at the door of the tomb -- alive!
Why Resurrection does not include Gabriel is not explained. But later, the film tells of Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joses who went to see the sepulchre were told by an angel at the tomb (Gabriel) that Jesus was no longer in the tomb. [Matt. 28:6]
Since all tomb guards fell to the ground as if dead at the sight of the opening of the tomb, they were bribed by the priests to say they fell asleep and that Jesus' disciples stole Jesus' body as they slept. [Matt. 28:12 - 13] This is the story circulated by the authorities. [Matt. 28:15]
All but one soldier agrees to the bribe to say they all fell asleep when Jesus' body was stolen. All except Claudius. Claudius wanted to know the truth. Where is the body? All manner of coercion, bribery and threat are tried to gain Claudius' silence about what he saw at the tomb. But Clausius' hunger for the truth about what happened to the body was consuming him. Why Claudius was searching for the truth about where is the body of Jesus when he saw Jesus standing in the door of the tomb was not explained.
It is Claudius telling the truth about the events at the tomb that the Jews and Romans fear the most. It is a story that could topple their reign. Together, the Jews and Romans must stifle Claudius and prevent the upheaval that could happen should Claudius' story be discovered: the story that gives credence to Jesus' claims before His Crucifixion. But Claudius is nowhere to be found.
To the last moments of the film, Claudius was tormented about having killed an innocent man and about the whereabouts of Jesus. All his questions were answered. How I will not explain in case you want to see for yourself.
Resurrection has alluring and even haunting magnetism. You can see it is a relatively faithful retelling of the events shortly after the Crucifixion and Jesus. For the believer anyway. And maybe for the non-believer as well since Resurrection truly is "based on a true story."
There is much more to Resurrection but I do not want to spoil it for you should you, after inspecting the listing in the Findings/Scoring section, decide this film is fit for you and/or your family.
The Findings/Scoring section is completely objective to the teachings and expectations of Jesus. But this Summary/Commentary might be and sometimes is is somewhat subjective and I am going to take advantage of that feature. The written language is inadequate to adequately express the power of Resurrection or the skills and talents of the performers and filmmakers. It is that good. The performers each appear to be unknown but possess skills of seasoned thespians. Resurrection should make an exciting evangelical witnessing tool. Note, however, that the final score of 80 places this film in the scoring range earned by PG films (86 to 68 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. Indeed, due mainly to the graphic depiction of our Lord Jesus in torment with physical gore gives the film an equivalence to R-rated fillms in Wanton Violence/Crime.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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