The Second Coming (2003)





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Made for British TV, the allegorical film The Second Coming asks the question "What would happen if Jesus Christ returned to Earth in the form of a modern-day video store clerk from Manchester?" Having gone missing for 40 days, young Steve Baxter (Christopher Eccleston) suddenly appears at a soccer stadium to announce that he is the Son of God. Steve further warns that humankind is doomed unless a third testament is added to the Bible -- within the next five days. The media has a field day with this story, while religious leaders alternately pooh-pooh Steve's divinity or sit and wonder and worry. Ultimately, the fate of the world rests not only in the hands of Steve, but also in those of the girl who may betray him -- a young woman with the ominous name of Judith (Lesley Sharp). Causing quite a stir when it first aired in the U.K., The Second Coming had lost none of its potency -- or dark humor -- when it was seen in the U.S. courtesy of the BBC America satellite service on September 20, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Critic Reviews for The Second Coming

All Critics (2)

It is a feather in ITV's cap that it was prepared to invest in such a fascinating and thought-provoking script, while managing to keep cliche under wraps.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

as boring as your typical Sunday sermon

March 3, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Second Coming


[font=Comic Sans MS][color=lemonchiffon]I really enjoyed this movie! It was well-paced, well cast and entertaining. But, most importantly, the story gives you something worth thinking about. [/color][/font] [font=Comic Sans MS][/font][color=lemonchiffon] [/color] [font=Comic Sans MS][color=lemonchiffon]You can read a story summary for yourself, I won't bore you. What I don't see in a summary is the real point of the movie: it's about personal responsibility. When David realizes he's the Son of God, here to bring us a new age, he has to get his message across quickly and effectively. But he finds himself hampered by his own cross-breeding, if you will. How can you be one with the creator of the Universe and filter that through a human brain? And human emotion. And human needs. [/color][/font] [font=Comic Sans MS][/font][color=lemonchiffon] [/color] [font=Comic Sans MS][color=lemonchiffon]As he struggles with what he's really doing here and how to best do it, his friends are trying to figure out their place in the coming "new world." They find themselves tempted and tricked into making the new Covenant more difficult to fulfill.[/color][/font] [font=Comic Sans MS][/font][color=lemonchiffon] [/color] [font=Comic Sans MS][color=lemonchiffon]In the end, the answer lies in each person's acceptance of their own power and responsibility. Can humanity make the leap to a consciouness that requires everyone to be responsible for their own choices, not because they [i]have[/i] to be, but because they [i]want[/i] to be? Can we play nice without a higher power watching over our shoulder? Can we grow up and move out of the cosmic parents' basement? [/color][/font] [font=Comic Sans MS][/font][color=lemonchiffon] [/color] [font=Comic Sans MS][color=lemonchiffon]This movie doesn't tell us what we should do, just gives us a chance to ask ourselves the question, "Could I do this?" [/color][/font]

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