RISEN is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection and the weeks that followed, as seen through the eyes of an unbelieving Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a high-ranking Roman Military Tribune. Clavius and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) are instructed by Pontius Pilate to oversee the execution of Jesus of Nazareth, and to ensure his radical followers don’t steal the body and claim resurrection. Despite the tomb’s protection by Roman guards, the body goes missing within days. Clavius is charged to locate the missing body in order to prevent an imminent uprising in Jerusalem.
Only by finding the remains of Jesus can they disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah, allowing Rome to retain control of Judea. However, along Clavius’ mission, his doubts of such a supernatural occurrence begin to fade away as he encounters the Apostles and other followers while piecing together the mysterious events that unfolded after the Crucifixion.
“Risen is appropriate for teenagers and adults and will encourage everyone to look at their own faith and relationship with the RISEN Christ!"
Josh Griffin, High School Pastor Saddleback Church and co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com
With its spectacular vistas, visceral action scenes, earthy characters and detective- mystery framework, Risen aims to resonate with faith-based movie-goers and non- believers alike. “For me, Risen stands out because it’s a quite conservative rendering of the Gospel that accepts the extraordinary word as written,” Fiennes says. “I love that this film embraces the mystery of Christ through an original lens.”
While remaining true to New Testament teaching, Risen incorporates a contemporary tone that also accommodates the sensibilities of skeptics. “I’ve always wanted to tell a story like this where it really feels like a big Hollywood movie,” says producer Liddell. “Obviously we want the faith community to feel that they’re represented in the right way. But if you’re not a believer, all the action and great dramatic moments offer so many other reasons to be entertained by Risen.”