SON OF GOD – Rated PG-13



SON OF GOD – Rated PG-13

Based on The History Channel’s Emmy nominated miniseries, THE BIBLE, 20th Century Fox brings SON OF GOD to the BIG SCREEN, as this film takes you through the life and teachings of JESUS CHRIST, from his humble birth, to his untimely death by crucifixion.

As the actual SON OF GOD, Jesus of Nazareth (Diogo Morgado) sets out to change the world, gathering his followers and sharing the teachings of his Father, showing everyone that through the love of GOD, anything is possible.  This NEW PROPHET is making everyone a little uneasy, including the leader of the Roman Empire, Pontius Pilate (Greg Hicks).  Jesus, it seems is also stirring up quite a controversy among his fellow Jews, making him unwelcome at every turn.

With Peter (Darwin Shaw) by his side, and a host of other followers, including his mother Mary (Roma Downey), Jesus knows that he can make this world a better place for all.  When Judas (Joe Wredden) decides to betray Jesus and put him in the hands of his enemies, no one comes to his aid, as Jesus is murdered by crucifixion, just as a common thief. But as foretold in his teachings, Jesus returns from the dead to seek out his followers with the promise of everlasting life.

I give the film SON OF GOD a C-:  As I am a Christian, I must ask GOD for forgiveness, but this movie was below average for me.  Knowing the story from beginning to end is never a good thing when it comes to watching a story play out on screen, but SON OF GOD seemed more like watching another miniseries, than an actual Film.  Even though Diogo Morgado does play an incredible JESUS, the rest of the film felt like a low budget B movie, including the extremely bad editing in places, which is apparent throughout the film.  There were moments when I was hoping it was going to get better in its two hour timespan, but it never did.  Another issue for this film too, may be the fact that Jesus’s story has been made into films before – and in epic proportions – so cutting segments from your miniseries to piece together into a film, just isn’t going to cut it this time around.  Producing SON OF GOD was good in theory; it just didn’t translate on screen as an exceptional film in any way, shape or form.

Kathy Kaiser