Directed by Kevin Reynolds, starring Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, and Cliff Curtis, 107 minutes
Risen, released in the UK just before Holy Week and Easter, describes the death and resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of a Roman military tribune, Clavius (played by Joseph Fiennes). In the turbulent atmosphere in Jerusalem Pontius Pilate, brilliantly played by Peter Firth (of Spooks fame) tasks him with finishing off the crucifixion and then ensuring that the tomb in which Jesus (who is referred to throughout the film by his correct Aramaic name of Yeshua) is buried is properly sealed and guarded. He then has to try and find Jesus’ body after the tomb is found to be empty. In the course of his investigations he has some of the Nazarene’s disciples arrested and interrogated, and eventually finds all of them in hiding – with the risen Christ. This experience leads him to follow the frightened band to Galilee, where he witnesses Jesus healing a leper, and finds faith in Christ.