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March 15, 2014

‘300: Rise of an Empire’ falls

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--- — Movie Review: This story chronicles the life of Jesus of Nazareth from his teachings, crucifixion and resurrection. The presentation is inspiring, but it all plays like CliffNotes of the New Testament.

Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus Christ. He does so with a nice straightforward appeal. However, this film fails to capitalize because of editing.

Scenes appear as spliced moments; moments put together to give a rough overview of the life of Jesus. This condensed version barely gives one a chance to know some of the characters. If one did not know that Jesus traveled with his Apostles, one would wonder who the dozen men and one woman are traveling with him. Sure, one knows they are his followers, but the film never does clue viewers in on who is who.

While the production quality and lead actor are superb, the film plays as an overview rather an adequate portrayal of Jesus’ life according to the Bible. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” (2004) did a better job by just focusing on a part of Jesus’ life. Sharing just part of this grand story is better than trying to work within a two-hour timeframe.       

Grade: C+ (Inspiring, even if brief.)

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