Son Of God (2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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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This major motion picture event -- an experience created to be shared among families and communities across the U.S. -- brings the story of Jesus' life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar (R)-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the role of Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection (c) Fox

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Cast

Diogo Morgado
as Jesus Christ
Roma Downey
as Mary, Mother of Jesus
Amber Rose Revah
as Mary Magdalene
Andrew Brooke
as Antonius
Greg Hicks
as Pilate
Simon Kunz
as Nicodemus
Paul Marc Davis
as Simon the Pharisee
Darcie
as Eve
Gary Oliver
as Abraham
Jassa Ahluwalia
as Young David
Langley Kirkwood
as King David
Joe Coen
as Joseph
Leila Mimmack
as Young Mary
Rick Bacon
as Herod Antipas
Fraser Ayres
as Barabbas
Said Bey
as Matthew
Anas Chenin
as Lazarus
Daniel Percival
as John the Baptist
Noureddine Aberdine
as Joseph of Arimathea
Idrissa Sisco
as Simon of Cyrene
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Critic Reviews for Son Of God

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (26)

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.

Mar 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.

Mar 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.

Feb 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?

Feb 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.

Feb 28, 2014 | Full Review…

This is more a pageant than a story about characters and their motivations; it's as brusque in its storytelling as an illustrated children's bible, which would at least offer some mystery and grandeur in the composition of its images.

Feb 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Son Of God

½

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 Michalski
Dann Michalski

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½

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 Oz
Panta Oz

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Safe to the point of unyielding boredom, Son of God is a film that is too fearful to be anything but bland. It's a resuscitation of the life and times of Jesus Christ, but it's so static because it's a collection of the Jesus Greatest Hits checklist. This is more a jumble of scenes than a movie, with little room given to flesh out the man who asked others to eat of his flesh. If anything, the one takeaway it presents is a more rounded and surprisingly empathetic perspective on why the leaders of the time felt threatened by Jesus. There is nothing here that stands out, that separates it from the glut of Biblical dramas of the past, beyond a penchant for reaction shots of an anguished Mary (Roma Downey, a producer as well). Son of God is shot and acted with the limited vision of a TV movie, and it's easy to see why. The movie is actually partially culled from footage of The Bible miniseries that aired on the History Channel in record numbers. With that context, it's easy to see the movie as a crass brand extension. I almost fell asleep at several points chiefly because I knew exactly what was coming and had little engagement with those onscreen. Just because you got Jesus up there doesn't mean to get to slack when it comes to characterization. Even Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ brought the cinematic spectacle. This is just a bland movie that only preaches to the converted. Nate's Grade: C

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

Drawing masses to the cinemas for a Greatest Hits package of Bible stories featuring the Son of God, this patchwork re-edit of a History Channel mini-series offering filmgoers a faith-affirming saga from the cradle to the grave of Jesus Christ sadly turns potential wine into water. If you've seen illustrated picture books of the New Testament for children, you've already seen and realized the breadth of this literal interpretation of a family friendly Bible story. Honestly, Monty Python's Life of Brian provides Christians with more Sunday School discussion points. Aside from a few tears and some blood stains, there's very little exploration of the human side of God's flesh form. What Mel Gibson did with the gritty but reverential The Passion of the Christ was awe-inspiring. What the abridged Jesus of Nazareth clone The Son of God does is simply duh-inspiring. Imagine the creator of earth revealing himself in human form to experience his creation's tragic failings. It would and should result in something more than a big-budget Little Golden Book. In this PG-13-rated drama, the life story of Jesus (Morgado) gets re-told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. Looking like Barry Gibb after a teeth whitening, Diogo Morgado tries to inspire humbleness but often comes off looking smug. Of course, there's very little bread and fishes dredged up from the script, which presents a straight-ahead re-reading of Anglicized scripture rather than a truthful dramatization of some earth-shattering events. Bottom line: Least Temptation of Christ

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

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