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Risen (2016)



Critic Consensus: Risen benefits from a lighter tone than many faith-based productions, as well as a unique take on the Greatest Story Ever Told and a terrific turn from star Joseph Fiennes.

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The first forty days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is told through the eyes of an agnostic Roman Centurion charged by Pontius Pilate to investigate rumors of a risen Jewish Messiah and locate the missing deceased body of Jesus of Nazareth in order to subdue an imminent uprising in Jerusalem. During Centurion's mission, his doubts of such a supernatural occurrence peel away as he encounters the Apostles and other historic biblical characters and bears witness to the legendary storied events that followed the Resurrection. A great mystery unfolds during Centurion's quest to find the body and he is deeply affected by his first-person investigation, as his previous beliefs on the matter are forever altered based on what he's now witnessed.

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Tom Felton
as Lucius
Peter Firth
as Pontius Pilate
María Botto
as Mary Magdalene
Stephen Hagan
as Bartholomew
Antonio Gil
as Joseph Of Arimathea
Mark Killeen
as Centurion 2 (Golgotha)
Jan Cornet
as Thomas/Dydimus
Joe Manjon
as Simon The Canaanite
Pepe Lorente
as Thaddeus
Manu Fullola
as Matthew
Stephen Greif
as Caiaphas
Alex Maruny
as Pilate's Orderly
Paco Manzanedo
as Centurion
Tomás Pozzi
as Inn Keeper
Karim Saleh
as Zealot Leader
Jacob Yakob
as Soldier At Tomb/Niche Soldier
John Mula
as Holy Man
Yuric Allison
as Tomb Priest
Victor Trapani
as Nicodemus
Frida Cauchi
as Mother Mary
Ramiro Alonso
as Leper #1
Beppe Abela
as Suspect #1
Manolo Caro
as Suspect #2
Kenneth Spiteri
as Bitter Man
Alberto Ayala
as James The Just
Claudio Carta
as Cart Driver
Clare Agius
as Cemetery Woman
Graham Charles
as Charnel Pit Guard
Kevin Naudi
as ID Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Risen

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (25)

It's nice to finally see the Messiah portrayed by somebody who'd probably get extra attention at a U.S. airport by Homeland Security.

February 23, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Risen" is a fascinating cultural artifact, but as a film, it's destined for no glory greater than as an appropriate cable rerun on Easter.

February 21, 2016 | Full Review…

For a film that could have easily become bogged down in Sunday School reverence, or culture-war opportunism, Risen presents an intriguing, oblique approach to a Bible movie.

February 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Whatever your religious affiliation, you will come away thinking that if all this did actually happen, it probably happened something like this.

February 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Despite not doing much more than preach to the choir, Risen is still more nuanced than the lion's share of recent faith-based dramas.

February 19, 2016 | Full Review…

It's pointed about how we treat today's zealots, as when Clavius likens the pain of crucification to "sucking air through a wet cloth" - a description of waterboarding.

February 19, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Risen


Risen is a powerful biblical film that takes a unique look at the Resurrection story. After putting down the latest Jewish rebellion, Roman Tribune Clavius is charged with overseeing the crucifixion of the self-proclaimed Messiah Yeshua; but things take an unexpected turn when Yeshua's body disappears from his tomb, forcing Clavius to lead an intensive search to find it in order to prevent his follows from proclaiming a miracle and inciting another rebellion that would bring down the wrath of Caesar. Starring Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, and Cliff Curtis, the film has a strong cast that delivers some impressive performances. And, the production values are especially good; particularly the score, which is quite evocative and full of sweeping themes. Inspirational and compelling, Risen is a visionary film with a fresh new perspective on the death and resurrection of Christ.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

"Risen" fails to rise to the top, but it's still a decent film for a relatively low-budget period piece. Fiennes' performance is somewhat disappointing but acting is adequate. Costumes are decent, and the locations/sets are good. Moments of good cinematography but underwhelming overall. As a full-fledged Hollywood film, "Risen" might barely merit three stars, but for what it is -- a lower-budget film from a genre mired in tripe -- "Risen" stands above the rest without quite being a savior.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


The usual story (doesn't everyone) know it already?) told from the point of view of a staunch unbeliever, Pontius Pilate's chief enforcer. It's better by yards over the usual drivel spilled out by these preaching-to-the-choir type of knuckleheads but I miss the passion Mel Gibson brought to this type of material. No nuance, no subtlety, no panache, no fun. And its in the writing that the fault lies. We get to watch several familiar (through telling) events and have several "I get it, but he doesn't" moments, but at no point is any attempt made to go beyond preaching, to stretch. Oy. Ultimately disappointing.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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