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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, Poncjusz Pi?at
Mish Boyko
as Jan, John
Stewart Scudamore
as Piotr, Peter
María Botto
as Maria Magdalena, Mary Magdalene
Stephen Hagan
as Bartholomew
Antonio Gil
as Joseph Of Arimathea
Mark Killeen
as Centurion 2 (Golgotha)
Jan Cornet
as Thomas/Dydimus
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
Alberto Ayala
as James The Just
Kenneth Spiteri
as Bitter Man
Claudio Carta
as Cart Driver
Clare Agius
as Cemetery Woman
Graham Charles
as Charnel Pit Guard
Kevin Naudi
as ID Soldier
Joe Manjon
as Simon The Canaanite
Alex Maruny
as Pilate's Orderly
Tomás Pozzi
as Inn Keeper
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Critic Reviews for Risen

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (41)

Risen is certainly a step up for this genre, and it's more open-minded than you would expect. But this is still a movie made for a captured Christian audience, and it will be those viewers who will like it best.

January 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With so many horrible faith-based features littering the multiplex ranging from the ho-hum (Heaven Is for Real), to the inept (God's Not Dead) to the perfectly dreadful (War Room), it's nice to have one that treats its audience with respect.

August 15, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Risen isn't a film that will convert nonbelievers, but it's more ambitious than the standard faith-based genre fare.

August 2, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's solidly middling fare, soft of heart and script, and given to moments of foolishly miraculous folly.

March 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Risen is a sort of Sunday school special, an Easter adventure starring Joseph Fiennes as Clavius, a war-hardened Roman tribune who ends up investigating the disappearance of Jesus after the stone is mysteriously rolled away from the Messiah's tomb.

March 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/5
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The problem here is that there is no zest at all to the storytelling.

March 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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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