Son of God

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The faithful may find their spirits raised, but on purely cinematic terms, Son of God is too dull and heavy-handed to spark much fervor.

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In the Holy Land, the Roman occupation has produced a cauldron of oppression, anxiety and excessive taxes levied upon the Jewish people. Fearing the wrath of Roman governor Pontius Pilate (Greg Hicks), Jewish high priest Caiaphas (Adrian Schiller) tries to keep control of his people. That control is threatened when Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, performing miracles and spreading messages of love and hope. Those who fear that Jesus will inspire a revolution decide that he must die.

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  • The hunk factor aside, it's bizarre that a film presumably conceived as an act of devotion should feel so lacklustre and impersonal.

    May 21, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Aimed at a devotional middle-American audience, this never risks the sort of individual perspective necessary to bring the story to life onscreen, for good or ill.

    March 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • At best, this version succeeds as a Sunday school supplement. But the blandness is enough to make you long for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.

    March 2, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • People will always want to spend money for this sort of thing, even if they've already seen it. And in this case, they've literally already seen it.

    February 28, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The film goes wild with helicopter shots of Jesus and his followers traveling through the hills. Who knew Christ was lord of the rings?

    February 28, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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  • The target evangelical audience may well respond enthusiastically, but, unless your own salvation is riding on it, the film is mostly a slog.

    February 28, 2014 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 03, 2015
    This was a nice movie to watch on Good Friday but hardly the best version that I've ever seen.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2014
    Cobbled together from a History Channel miniseries, Son of God lacks a cinematic touch. In a rather pedestrian way the film tells the Gospel story; following the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus of Nazareth. The storytelling and character development are quite poor, as the film pretty much requires the audience to already know the Biblical accounts of Jesus. Additionally, there's no vision to this depiction of the Gospel. Bottom line, Son of God is a bland, ambitionless Biblical film that offers nothing new or insightful.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2014
    The latest American Christian movie produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, was adapted from the ten-hour miniseries The Bible, shown on the History channel. Dully directed by Christopher Spencer it managed to gather a bunch of uncharismatic actors with Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey and Darwin Shaw leading the group. The screenplay was simply edited version of the text from the Gospel according to John which follows the life of the Messiah. The credit for that belongs to Richard Bedser, Christopher Spencer, Colin Swash and Nic Young. I definitely prefer the reading of the story from the Scriptures, because this filmed version was historically so inaccurate that I wonder how it passed any editor at History Channel! All I could watch were re-chewed scenes from the miniseries as well as boring footage not aired in the telecast. The possible interesting parts were not included like scenes featuring Satan (played by Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni) due to a controversy from the series that claimed the actor resembled the United States President Barack Obama. The resemblance was first pointed out notably by Glenn Beck ahead of that episode's premiere on History Channel. It seems like Sunday School tool, very shallow, and almost perfect for Catholic sanitised views on the Scriptures. All those miracles and amazing events were presented in a tone which was so flat, that soon became a perfect instrument for snoozing! If you think that you have more faith than the size of a mustard seed and you can cope with a bad story, directing and acting - go for it! Maybe at the end you'll write that is inspirational!?
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2014
    It is no surprise that "Son of God" has become one of the most highly anticipated films in recent weeks, particularly for Christian audiences, and with good reason. It is a compilation of the narrative of Jesus Christ as depicted on last year's critically acclaimed television series "The Bible," which aired on The History Channel-a controversy unto itself. The film, by extension, is a shortened version of the television series, detailing the life of Christ as told in the New Testament. The film portrays the supernatural miracles He performed, the love and wisdom He shared with the world, and ultimately, the blood-curdling hardship He endured during the crucifixion. "Son of God" opens in a serene and dreamlike fashion, with the Apostle John as our narrator, proclaiming, "God has always been there." Some of the most prolific scenes of the Old Testament are depicted during this narration, ranging from Eve eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden to Noah's Ark in the turmoil of the flood. We see the Virgin Mary as she wraps her arms around her newborn, proclaiming His name is Jesus. Soon thereafter, we encounter Jesus as an adult, following Him as he meets His twelve disciples and performs the most well-known miracles of the Bible, such as multiplying fish and bread to feed a multitude, raising Lazarus from the dead, and saving a prostitute from being stoned to death. The film is immersed in biblical scripture, with Jesus quoting His most familiar yet profound passages unto those surrounding Him, and ultimately, unto the audience. For a film that will undoubtedly be compared to "The Passion of the Christ," "Son of God" excels in portraying the actual life of Christ and the spirituality that flowed from Him. However, perhaps by comparison, "Son of God" feels surprisingly tame as a whole. That is not to say it needed the torturous intensity of "Passion of the Christ" to create a successful film. However, there is a certain depth lacking in "Son of God" that makes it seemingly unmemorable as a cinematic experience. The film is, without a doubt, high in spirit, but low in artistic value. Due to its television series beginnings, "Son of God" plays out much like a TV movie, though not a particularly bad one. It is deep in its spirituality and true to scripture, although one should not expect the best acting, script, or CGI scenery. For all intents and purposes, "Son of God" delivers the message it promises to the audience it is created for. It is a beautifully told and well-intentioned film made by Christians for Christians. However, it all feels a bit too tame for the most influential man who ever walked the earth. There is profoundness within grasp in "Son of God" that goes unattained. What could have been the portrayal of an impactful man with a resounding message comes off too calmly when told in such an easygoing manner. Those looking for a genuine, biblical film true to Christian roots will find "Son of God" to be a sincere and moving experience. Clips will undoubtedly be played during sermons and Sunday school classes throughout the years. Conversely, those uninterested in a sermon will shrug off the film and wonder what all the fuss is about.
    DA Z Super Reviewer

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