Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)
Critic Consensus: Paul, Apostle of Christ proves a well-intentioned yet disappointingly diffuse interpretation of a Bible story whose flashes of potential never come close to living up to the source material.
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A somber, moving portrait of one of the early church's most significant figures, who led the way at a time when Christians were being burned alive in the streets of Rome, or condemned to death in the arena.
Largely devoid of sensationalism, a film that delves quietly into substantive issues of belief and forgiveness.
Fails to fully develop the stakes at hand, but it features more thoughtful world-building than most faith-based films, as well as a bracing honesty about the difficulty of reconciling idealistic credos with a harsh and unforgiving world.
A few minutes of thriller-like tension early on gives way to a lot of tediously scripted scenes of whisper-acting that rarely breathe life and humanity into what should be a potent turning point story in a religion's history.
Caviezel gives a stoic performance as the brave and selfless Luke. Lynch and Whalley are excellent as the husband and wife Christian community leaders Aquila and Priscilla. Costumes, sets, cinematography and editing are all first-rate.
Audience Reviews for Paul, Apostle of Christ
Paul: Apostle of Christ is an inspiring film about the trials and tribulations faced by the early church. As the Apostle Paul awaits execution the Church of Rome sends for Luke to help him and get his guidance on whether they should persevere in the face of Roman persecution or flee the city. Jim Caviezel gives an incredible performance and is backed by a strong supporting cast, including Olivier Martinez and Joanne Whalley. And the film has a powerful message about overcoming hate with love and sacrificing for one's beliefs. Also, the sets and costumes are especially well-done, helping to create an authentic feel for the time period. Still, there are a few narrative issues, with Paul's backstory being awkwardly inserted in flashbacks throughout the film. Yet despite having a few weaknesses, Paul: Apostle of Christ is an extraordinarily compelling biblical drama.
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