Rated: PG-13 for some violent content and disturbing images. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: March 23, 2018 Released by: Sony Pictures
Jim Caviezel who played Christ in the brutal The Passion of the Christ returns in another faith based film. Here he plays Luke who risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is a captive in one of Nero's bleakest prison. His purpose is to translate into writing, Paul's life particularly his conversion to Christianity for future generations to read.
Most of the film is filmed in dark locations in the prison and the underground world of the Christian community. Dialogue between the characters fills the vast majority of the script and even when delivered in an effective manner, taken together it is not very interesting to watch or listen too. Most of the time we are exposed to the philosophy and statements we have read in the Bible.
Oliver Martinez is the Roman officer in charge to the prison which Luke sneaks in and out of the getting the story from Paul. The only variation comes when Luke takes the opportunity to save the Roman's daughter and alters the relationship between the hard line Roman and the Christians who are scheduled to enter the circus to be destroyed.
We see some harsh treatment of prisoners and the evil of an oppressive government on folks that don't completely agree with the leaders. Nero's scapegoats were the Christians, others have been in that position over the history of the World, most notably the Jews in Germany during World War II.
Caviezel appears to have an affinity for faith based films, but his best and most enjoyable work was Frequency, a story of a son who gets to speak with his father who apparently has passed on.
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