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Son of God (2014)

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  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 28 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 138 min
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  • IMDb page: Son of God (2014)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 1,208 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 28 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 138 min
  • Filming Location: Morocco
  • Gross: $26,500,000 (USA) (28 February 2014)
  • Director: Christopher Spencer
  • Stars: Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Sebastian Knapp | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Lorne Balfe   
  • Soundtrack: Mary, Did You Know?
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Biblical | 1st Century | Reference To Jesus Christ | Bible Story | Based On The Bible

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Richard Bedser 
  • Christopher Spencer 
  • Colin Swash 
  • Nic Young 

Known Trivia

    Plot: The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. Full summary »  »

    Story: The life of Jesus spanning from his humble birth, through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. Written by20th Century Fox

    Synopsis

    Synopsis: The Most Realistic, Relatable Opportunity To Take Part In Viewing The Entire Life Of Jesus Christ Of Nazareth.

    This movie came forth during the filming of the Epic "The Bible" Mini-Series so you will have the familiarity of knowing the same Jesus!

    Unlike other "Jesus" movies that equate to only basically his "Crucifixion" in reality only was 3 days of his life, The Son of God covers the beginning of the life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth from Birth through his upbringing, the beginning of his ministry ( Miracle @ Cana), The gathering of the 12 , The Death, Resurrection and forward…To The Great Commission basically what is his entire life and ministry that changed the world forever!

    More relatable, less religious, human Jesus "Son of Christ" will not be something to miss!

     

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Richard Bedser known as producer
    • Mark Burnett known as producer
    • Roma Downey known as executive producer
    • Eduardo Verástegui known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Sebastian Knapp known as John
    • Paul Knops known as Adam
    • Darcie known as Eve
    • David Rintoul known as Noah
    • Gary Oliver known as Abraham
    • William Houston known as Moses
    • Stewart Scudamore known as Ramesses
    • Nonso Anozie known as Samson
    • Conan Stevens known as Goliath
    • Jassa Ahluwalia known as Young David
    • Langley Kirkwood known as King David
    • Patrice Naiambana known as Balthazar
    • Joe Coen known as Joseph
    • Leila Mimmack known as Young Mary
    • Greg Hicks known as Pilate
    • Andrew Brooke known as Antonius
    • Louise Delamere known as Claudia
    • Diogo Morgado known as Jesus
    • Darwin Shaw known as Peter
    • Amber Rose Revah known as Mary Magdalene
    • Matthew Gravelle known as Thomas
    • Joe Wredden known as Judas
    • Paul Marc Davis known as Simon the Pharisee
    • Rick Bacon known as Herod Antipas
    • Fraser Ayres known as Barabbas
    • Said Bey known as Matthew
    • Adrian Schiller known as Caiaphas
    • Paul Brightwell known as Malchus
    • Simon Kunz known as Nicodemus
    • Sanaa Mouziane known as Martha
    • Anas Chenin known as Lazarus
    • Roma Downey known as Mary, Mother of Jesus
    • Daniel Percival known as John the Baptist
    • Noureddine Aberdine known as Joseph of Arimathea
    • Idrissa Sisco known as Simon of Cyrene
    • Hami Belal known as Criminal #1 (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Talli Pachter known as makeup artist
    • Christa Schoeman known as makeup designer

    Art Department:

    • Tarik Amchemar known as stand by props
    • Abdellah Baadil known as art department co-ordinator
    • Aziz Mhand known as property master
    • Amin Rharda known as buyer
    • Polly Stevens known as stand by art director
    • Polly Stevens known as stand-by art director

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Hearst Entertainment Productions
    • LightWorkers Media

    Other Companies:

    • Molinare Studio  post-production
    • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services

    Distributors:

    • Big Picture 2 Films (2014) (Portugal) (theatrical)
    • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2014) (worldwide) (theatrical)
    • Broadmedia Studios (2014) (Japan) (all media)
    • CatchPlay (2014) (Taiwan) (all media)
    • Golden Village (2014) (Singapore) (all media)
    • Gulf Film (2014) (Egypt) (all media)
    • Gulf Film (2014) (Lebanon) (all media)
    • Gulf Film (2014) (United Arab Emirates) (all media)
    • Monolith (2014) (Poland) (all media)
    • Pioneer (2014) (Philippines) (all media)
    • Pratama Film (2014) (Indonesia) (all media)
    • Sookie Pictures (2014) (South Korea) (all media)
    • Sun Distribution (2014) (Argentina) (all media)
    • Sun Distribution (2014) (Brazil) (all media)
    • Sun Distribution (2014) (Mexico) (all media)

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Lola Post Production

    Visual Effects by:

    • Garrett Honn known as on set visual effects supervisor
    • James Jordan known as visual effects supervisor

    MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense and bloody depiction of The Crucifixion, and for some sequences of violence

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    7 Comments

    1. gphmusic from United States
      03 Mar 2014, 6:00 am

      In case you don't know, "Son of God" is a spin-off of the successfulHistory Channel mini-series, "The Bible." The movie was filmed at thesame time as the show. In fact, it's the extended footage of the Jesussection of the series. But there was a reason all of that footage wascut. If it wasn't good enough for television, how can this possibly begood enough for the cinema?

      Well, it's not. This movie is a bore. With an unnecessary 138 minuterun-time, the film drags through dialogue delivered at a pace slowenough for the slothful to keep up. Even then the script isn'tinteresting. The selections of the gospel that get quoted aremercilessly butchered. And that's another thing, if not the mostimportant criticism of a movie of this caliber — the filmmakers had norespect for the source material.

      The story misses on minor and major elements. Anyone with anythingbetter than a felt-board understanding of Sunday school Bible storieswill be able to identify the inaccuracies. And they are many: fromtheology to dialogue to locations to the people involved and the listgoes on. If the filmmakers don't care for even simple and easy details,how can we believe that they care about the more complicated mattersaddressed by the gospel of Jesus Christ? Sadly, they don't.

      Truth be told, creators Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are New Agebelievers. They soak up multiple forms of paganism, mysticism, andspirituality — like a lot of celebrities do. It doesn't take more thana little bit of Googling to know what any celebrity believes. Yet theAmerican church has been duped into promoting this trite, vapidrepresentation of the Bible to make the Downey/Burnett couplehood afishing boat-load of cash.

      It's no surprise that Joel Osteen, K-Love, T.D. Jakes, and Rick Warrengobbled this thing right up. But Mark Driscoll, Louie Giglio, Focus Onthe Family, Liberty University, and the Women of Faith conferencesshould have done their research and known better. "Oh, she was in'Touched By an Angel' and he made 'Survivor' and they claim to beChristians and God told them to make this! Let's promote the hell outof it!"

      The Jesus portrayed in "Son of God" is not the Jesus of the Bible. Inthe vein of the film being just downright boring, Diogo Morgado putsforth one of the worst depictions of Jesus I've ever seen. He's prettypassionless, as is the rest of the disciples and the attitudes of thecrowds who follow him. The climax and resolution of the story don'tresonate because the previous hundred minutes of the movie haven'tgiven us any reason to care.

      Whether you're arguing from a theological standpoint, or just as amovie-lover, the film is devoid of content. It's worthless. There'snothing redeemable about this film. Save the money, save the time. Andfor heaven's sake, know your Bible. As long as the church is out thereready to promote anything with the word "God" on it, we're going to gethorrible material like this.

    2. Gil Gonzalez from Tampa, FL
      03 Mar 2014, 6:00 am

      I've always been fascinated by people who write historical fiction andfan fiction. I like the idea of taking either characters from historyor established characters of fiction, and creating new stories orextended back-stories about them. It's the creative license granted towriters that allows them to use their imagination to conjure up newstories. It breaks my heart to say Son of God might as well behistorical fiction.

      I premise everything by saying I am by no means a Biblical scholar. Iam proud of how far I have come in my faith journey having read theBible more in the last three years than I had in all my time previousto that. Furthermore, I am light-years away from being where I'd liketo be in terms of being versed in Scripture, and every day I discoversomething new and different about the Good Book. That being said, itwas surprising to me how much I knew and recalled about the story ofJesus. In the context of viewing the film, I found myself questioninglots of points along the way.

      The movie begins with a voice over. The narrator is John, author of oneof the four gospels. From that moment on, I assumed – and maybe this iswhere I went wrong – the movie is a portrayal of Jesus' life as told bythe Book of John. Not exactly.

      For starters, there are changes in chronology from the movie to theGospel of John. Jesus going to Jerusalem and chasing out the merchantsoccurs early in John (John 2:13-21), but in the movie, that scene ispresented much later. The movie also omits what I consider to be majormoments in the life of Jesus, such as the performance of His firstmiracle at the Wedding in Cana, and the testimony of John the Baptist.

      Another example: In the movie, Jesus learns of Lazarus' death, is takento his tomb, whereupon He enters the tomb, declares to Lazarus, "I amthe Resurrection," and brings Lazarus back to life. According to theGospel of John, Jesus declaration about being the Resurrection was madeto Martha (John 11:25), and Jesus never entered the tomb of Lazarus.Instead, He called out to Lazarus from outside the tomb, "Lazarus, comeout!" (John 11:43).

      The arrest of Jesus gets overly complicated if we're again expectingthe movie to be told from the perspective of John. When they come toarrest Jesus, Peter lashes out, grabs a sword, and slices off the earof one of the high priest's servant. In the movie, Jesus tells Peter,"He who lives by the sword dies by the sword." Jesus then proceeds toheal the ear of the servant. Biblically speaking, this did happen.However, the matter of the sword is accounted in the Gospel of Matthew(Matthew 26:52), and the healing of the ear in the Gospel of Luke (Luke22:51). John's telling of the arrest of Jesus is completely different.

      Pivotal in the story of Jesus' arrest is Peter's denial of Jesus. Weall know the story: Peter declares his loyalty to Jesus, a loyalty forwhich he is willing to die. Jesus replies, ""Die for me? I tell you thetruth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will denythree times that you even know me." (John 13:38). Peter did go on todeny Jesus three times, with a time gap between the first and seconddenials. In the movie, Jesus tells Peter he will deny Him 'before thesun comes up tomorrow'. In the next scene, it's already daylight, andPeter goes on to deny Jesus in one, quick, thirty second scene.

      One final criticism is the portrayal of Pontius Pilate as a blood-lusting, brutal, and barbaric governor who couldn't care less about theJewish people he was governing. Growing up, I only knew of Pilate asthe reluctant one who did not want to condemn Jesus to death. Thephrase "I wash my hands of this" is derived from Pilate's reluctance asaccounted in Matthew 27:24. The writers of the movie chose to portrayPilate as an over-the-top and cruel prefect with only selfishintentions and ambitions. To make matter's worse, the film makes thecharacter of Pilate's wife a somewhat pivotal figure. She's mentionedin scripture only once (Matthew 27:19) and not by name. In the film,she has a recurring presence that is based solely on the imaginativeinterpretation of the screenwriter.

      This brings us back to the issue of creative license. I understand manyof my points can easily be dismissed as nitpicking. As I discussed themovie with my friends, they brought up valid points about the positivemessage of the film and how Jesus is portrayed as loving andcourageous. I get that, and I agree the film has its merits. However,my concern is that in the end, the movie is deceiving anyone whodoesn't know Jesus and confusing those who do.

      Taking creative liberties with former presidents or characters from avampire series is wholly inconsequential. We the audience understand itis fiction. As followers of Christ, however, we believe God's Word tobe the living truth, and I recoil at the idea of re-writing the gospelsfor the sake of theatrical gain. What's worse, there's no need to doit. The story of Jesus is a beautiful and inspiring story. What theproducers of this film have done is, instead, to present Jesus in acartoonish manner. The writing comes across as if someone put togetherthe script not with a Bible in hand, but rather with a series ofCliff's Notes of the four gospels.

      "I am the way, the truth, and the life." (John 14:6). Those are Jesus'own words. When telling His story, it's my personal opinion that isshould be as close to the truth as possible.

    3. aamgaetano
      03 Mar 2014, 6:00 am

      This movie is an embarrassment. A wimpy, insecure Jesus spends twohours wandering around in a long, hippy-esque robe, hitting the highpoints of the Gospels and not even getting them right! I was mentallycorrecting Jesus the entire film, as only half the quote would becorrect: The "Our Father" (you know, the quintessential Christianprayer…) left out the final line: "lead us not into temptation butdeliver us from evil." Not surprising, as evil was a completelynon-existent theme in this movie about Christ- Who came to save us fromsin and evil. Kinda a huge deal that was totally skipped over. Moststriking to me of all was that you never sensed that Christ had aPresence. He seemed like a total wimp. And yet in His time, the peoplesaid, "What manner of man is this, that even the waves and sea obeyHim?" Christ was strong, and His presence was compelling: men leftfamily and livelihood and followed Him, such was the force of Hispersonality. The Jesus of Son of God- honestly, I wouldn't even want tograb a beer with Him, much less be crucified upside down rather thandenounce my faith in Him (Peter's death). Bottom line: if you are apracticing Christian and/or very familiar with the New Testament, don'tgo. The constant misquoting/leaving out key portions/ totally missingthe entire point of a dialogue will drive you batty. If you're notChristian, definitely don't go. It's embarrassing to us Christians.

    4. Danusha_Goska Save Send Delete
      03 Mar 2014, 6:00 am

      "Son of God" is the kind of movie I'd go out of my way to warn peopleNOT to see. It lacks narrative coherence, drive, and a point of view.It is visually unappealing. I was with a friend so I could not walk outof this movie; had I attended alone, I think I would have. I found itphysically painful to sit through this entire film. I nodded off morethan once.

      The film took forever to get started, going through Adam, Noah, Abrahamand Moses, and it took forever to end. Most lives of Christ select onegospel's passion narrative to recreate. For example, in the Gospel ofJohn, Jesus speaks only three brief sentences. This film had Jesusspeaking endlessly from the cross and were this not so painful it wouldhave been funny.

      The movie stumbles onward after Jesus' Resurrection and his Ascensioninto Heaven. St John mopes on an island waiting for death and has avision of Jesus there. That this limping, pointless coda was tacked onafter the obvious climaxes of the Resurrection and the Ascension isevidence of the filmmakers' ineptitude.

      The film's best feature is Diogo Morgado as Jesus. He is charismaticand appropriately mysterious. You get the sense that there is morethere than meets the eye. The rest of the cast is also fine. AdrianSchiller is especially good as Caiaphas the High Priest, depicted asJesus' nemesis.

      For me the biggest problem with the film was the lack of narrativedrive. I had no sense that I was watching a coherent story with abeginning, middle, and end. There is no tension, no coherence, from onescene to the next. A viewer has to come to this movie with somebackground on Jesus' life. Anyone without that background would bewatching an incoherent muddle.

      There is no point of view. Who is telling this story? Why? Again, pointof view is random and fluctuating and this adds to the film's lack of aspinal column.

      The film appears to have been shot with hand-held cameras. There islittle variation. The constant close-ups with shaky cameras get very,very monotonous. "Son of God" is 138 minutes long. Watching randomlytossed together scenes, almost all shot with hand-held cameras, was asoporific experience.

      "Son of God" is ugly and inauthentic. Jesus was a Jew and he lived hisentire life in a Jewish country. Jesus and his followers should havebeen played by Jews or people who look Jewish. The actors playingJesus, Peter, John, Mary the mother of Jesus, are not Jewish and don'tlook Jewish. For the most part the actors look like models in aBenetton ad: white liberals' idea of multiculti. There are extras whocould be African or Asian. But Israel isn't a Benetton ad. ProducerRoma Downey should not have cast herself as Mary, the mother of Jesus.Roma Downey is a Hollywood actress in her fifties, and she looks likeit. Her face shows evidence of Botox and other products and procedures.She doesn't fit in a film full of filthy faces untouched by modernsurgical procedures.

      For some reason, the filmmakers decided to make everyone filthy. I havelived in traditional, pre-modern villages and people in such settingsdon't walk around with dirt caked on their faces. They do groom theirhair. Jerusalem is plunked down in the middle of a lifeless, moonscapedesert. As any resident or pilgrim can tell you, it does rain, andthere is green, in Jerusalem.

      In the Huffington Post, Abe Foxman of the ADL argues that "Son of God"is without anti-Semitism. I'd have to disagree. Paul Marc Davis, anactor playing a hostile Pharisee, does look Jewish and he is dressed inJewish garb. Touches like this impressed me as treading unnecessarilyclose to anti-Semitism. Another such touch: Caiaphas manipulates thecrowds who voted for Pilate to release Barabbas instead of Jesus. Thisis not recorded in the Gospels. The film depicts Nicodemus prayingKaddish over Jesus. This may have been a conciliatory touch.

      If you are looking for a cinematic life of Christ, there are manybetter options. George Stevens' "The Greatest Story Ever Told" isgorgeous, if slow. Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" isundeniably powerful, but disturbingly violent. The PBS miniseries "FromJesus to Christ" is fascinating.

    5. Scotty from Denver
      03 Mar 2014, 6:00 am

      Since so many so-called "Christians" are reviewing this movie andripping it to shreds, I thought I should write a review to give a morebalanced opinion. There will be spoilers in my review, so let me juststart by saying that it was entertaining and it had its moments. If youare the kind of Christian who thinks that "Only the King James Version"of the Bible is correct, or anybody else who doggedly clings to theirown "Traditions" then do not go see it, this movie is not for you.

      The movie is, however, for the masses of people who have never heard ofJesus, or who have only heard about Jesus, but they've never read theBible. About half the material in the movie comes from quotes from theBible, sometimes juxtaposed around so they are not correct in a stricttemporal sense (as most of us would put things in some timeline senseanyway) but it's alright, I won't fault the movie makers for that. Thepoint is they put all that material in there and tried to get quotesaccurate, whether they be from King James, or other translations issomewhat beside the point. Some are a bit liberal, and there a fewminor issues with other claims made in the movie.

      What else they threw in, generally, is the historical struggle betweenthe Jews of Judea with the Romans at the time of the historical Jesus.My opinion is they did a credible job of adding drama and historicalfiction (extrapolated dialog) between the Pharisees and the Sanhedrin(the Jewish ruling Council) and the Romans, as well as the betrayal ofJesus by Judas Iscariot. They also threw in another shady characterwhich at least adds another dimension to the story, again based on ahistorical person named Barabbas.

      While the movie was not "Epic" in scope or proportion, and certainlynot in cinematography, I gave it a relatively high score (8/10) for itseffective acting and tender moments. If you are a Christian, you betterask yourself: "Could I act and play Jesus?" Any Christian certainly hadbetter answer "No!" first, and then say, well I could try. And I'm hereto tell you that the fellow in the movie did a credible job. The bookof Isaiah tells us that "We esteemed him not" and the meaning is thatJesus had nothing to distinguish Him as God. We could look at Him andsee a perfectly ordinary person. It's only once you have met Him andgotten to know who He is that you worship Him.

      So, in that sense, I believe this movie will introduce a lot of folksto the real Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible. I believe it will make themthirsty for more, which will make them want to read the Bible and getto know Him for who He really is. He is not dead, He is alive, and anyperson on this earth today can come to know Him.

    6. therrirl
      03 Mar 2014, 6:00 am

      No missing pieces from this work. I would say this is a must see for aChristian. The church will understand this. Those not of the churchwill be confused and make negative comments. You must understand thatthis does not take into consideration any of the other Gospels. Thissets up another movie for Revelation later. The producers are known forthe other series they created, but this movie far exceeds in all waysthat particular series. The special effects show a great leap of faith.The only negative issues of the film are: The position of last supperis off enough such that the action modes are changed and John'sperspective of himself is as a much smaller man than the bibledescribes as a son of Thunder.

    7. William Strong from United States
      03 Mar 2014, 6:00 am

      We saw it last night in the theaters. There were only 4 empty seats inthe house. I was looking around because I heard NOBODY talking, etc..(like there normally is during every movie that I've been to) and itmoved all of us so much that we were crying at some of the scenes,winced and was literally PULLED into the movie as it was going on. IWILL BUY IT ONCE IT GETS TO BLU-RAY! Everything was in English andthere were only minimal subtitles (Like names of cities that they werein.) I've NEVER been so moved by a movie (in the theaters or on DVD /blu-ray) like I have this one! You NEED to see this movie! It doesn'tmatter if you are a Christian or not. You will understand the point ofthe movie, all of the actions in it, etc.. I PROMISE you that you willNOT be disappointed!

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