Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Blu-ray Review: Killing Jesus

Killing Jesus
Based on the New York Times best seller by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, Killing Jesus is an epic motion picture event chronicling the life and death of Jesus as never before. Featuring an all-star cast, including Stephen Moyer, Rufus Sewell, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Kelsey Grammer, this thought-provoking account adds new context to the story of Jesus and the conflicts that led to his demise.

Special Features
What It’s Like to Play Jesus
Getting Into Character with Haaz Sleiman
Stephen Moyer on Playing Pontius Pilate
Kelsey Grammer on Playing King Herod
Stephanie Leonidas on Playing Salome
Abhin Galeya on Playing John the Baptist
Eoin Macken on Playing Antipas
Joe Doyle on Playing Judas
John Rhys Davies on Playing Annas
Emmanuelle Chriqui on Playing Herodia
Killing Jesus: The Costumes
The Women’s Costumes
Killing Jesus: The Make-Up
Killing Jesus: Behind the Production
Filming in Morocco
The Director, Chris Menaul
The Power Struggle of the Time

My Thoughts 

This version of the story of Jesus revolves more around history than supernatural miracles. Its the story of a man who struggles with his own divinity and even doubts it. The story is based loosely on historical facts, and takes some artistic license. Some scenes are very detailed, like the last super, while others are glossed over or left out altogether, like the attack in the garden.

For those who take everything in the bible literally, this is not going to be the movie for you. For those who are a little more open minded, this is a decent movie that can be beautiful and touching.  Historically, the sets and costumes were fantastic and all the actors did a great job. Overall, I enjoyed this take on the life of Jesus. It was thought provoking and entertaining, though a little anticlimactic since we all know how its going to end.