The movie “Son of God” is a drama film directed by Christopher Spencer. It opened in theaters on Feb. 28, 2014. Its cast members include Sebastian Knapp (John), David Rintoul (Noah), William Houston (Moses), Paul Knops (Adam), Gary Oliver (Abraham), Langley Kirkwood (King David), Diogo Morgado (Jesus), Nonso Anozie (Samson) and Roma Downey (Mary, Mother of Jesus). Read on for the “Son of God” movie review and a brief synopsis of the film.
“Son of God” Film Synopsis:
Although the movie was composed of God’s faithful servants, the plot focused about the life of Jesus, since his conception to his resurrection.
It was based on History Channel’s documentary, “The Bible.”
In an interview with Belfast Telegraph, Roma Downey decided to take off Satan’s role in the movie as the actor who supposedly to portray the character, Mohamen Mehdi Ouzanni, resembles the US President Barack Obama. She emphasized that they wanted the focus to be on Jesus and not on Satan just because he resembles somebody famous.
“Someone made a comment that the actor who played the Devil vaguely resembled our President, and suddenly the media went nuts. The next day, when I was sure everyone would only be talking about Jesus, they were talking about Satan instead,” said Downey in the Belfast Telegraph report.
“Son of God” Movie Review:
Even if the film focused on one’s faith in Jesus, it failed to cinematically execute its plot. In Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, top critics have rated the film with a 23%. Moreover, 79% of the viewers liked it.
Stephan Lee of Entertainment Weekly reviewed the film’s material as something that could pass a Sunday school. He cited that its flatness will make the viewers long for Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Chist.” He gave the film a C+.
Philadelphia Inquirer’s Steven Rea said that the film was cheesy.
According to Alan Scherstuhl of Village Voice, “Son of God” was more of a pageant. “It’s as brusque in its storytelling as an illustrated children’s bible, which would at least offer some mystery and grandeur in the composition of its images,” said Scherstuhl in the Village Voice article.
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