Sunday, 8 April 2018

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST

Risking his life, Luke ventures to Rome to visit Paul -- the apostle who's bound in chains and held captive in Nero's darkest and bleakest prison cell. Haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds, Paul wonders if he's been forgotten as he awaits his grisly execution. Before Paul's death, Luke resolves to write another book that details the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Better than a lot of other Christian movies, but it doesn’t have enough dramatic tension given the circumstances in which it is set. It’s very dialogue driven and plods along at a slow pace. A lot of the dialogue is direct quotation from the Pauline letters in the New Testament so sounds a bit artificial at times. The cinematography is quite beautiful and the acting is reasonably good in quality. As I said, it’s better than the terribly bad movies like the recent God’s Not Dead. One positive is that it is honest about the way in which religious belief is constantly tested by reality. It just needs an injection of truly dramatic suspense to make it more interesting. As others have noticed, it doesn’t live up to its source material!


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