(NEW YORK) -- Ripped straight from the pages of -- or rather, ripped directly from the popular TV miniseries The Bible, comes Son of God, from Survivor, The Voice and Shark Tank producer Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey. The film is actually assembled from footage taken directly from The Bible, using scenes shot from different angles, along with additional footage shot specifically for this film.
This is the story of Jesus, starting with his birth and ending with his crucifixion, death and biblical resurrection. Diogo Morgado once again plays Jesus and he’s rather good at it. What he’s lacking in depth, Morgado makes up for with a heartfelt and honest performance.
Son of God has a few issues holding it back from being a good film: namely, the screenplay and direction completely lack imagination. Director Christopher Spencer primarily makes TV documentaries, which may explain why the film's cinematic language lacks depth. While some of the cinematography is impressive, it appears little was done to develop chemistry between the actors, most notably the apostles. At times, it feels like some of them aren’t acting in the same movie, and that’s on Spencer.
There are no risks here. Son of God was meant to be a safe and inspiring movie for people who want to find it safe and inspiring, and in that regard, it succeeds. More discerning people looking for a great movie will just have to keep the faith and look elsewhere.
Two out of five stars.
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