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Son of God

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HALLELUJAH praise Jesus, but maybe not this movie
Casey Crafford

Son of God

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
138 minutes
Wide Release Date:
02/28/14
performer:
Diogo Morgado
director:
Christopher Spencer
distributor:
Fox
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

Jesus heals the lame, feeds the masses, and revives the dead in this latest telling of the Messiah’s life story, and it’s really just that — a telling. Derived mostly from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s 2013 History Channel series The Bible, this biopic faithfully and inoffensively checks off all of Jesus’ life events, from birth to death, with absolutely no point of view. By and large, the performances do nothing to add any fervor. Portuguese model-turned-actor Diogo Morgado plays Jesus with a good-natured geniality but a total lack of the charisma needed to become the most famous man who ever lived. At best, this version succeeds as a Sunday school supplement. But the blandness is enough to make you long for Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. C+