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Judas (2004)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  8 March 2004 (USA)
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Judas meets Jesus and at first doesn't know what to make of him or whether or not to trust him. A cynical city boy, Judas makes fun of the country bumpkin disciples who follow Jesus but ... See full summary »

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Judas meets Jesus and at first doesn't know what to make of him or whether or not to trust him. A cynical city boy, Judas makes fun of the country bumpkin disciples who follow Jesus but eventually decides to join the band, as well. He and Jesus become good friends, even though they often see things very differently. Ultimately, Judas is convinced that Jesus needs to use his popularity and wonder-working powers to free the Jews from the Romans, and Jesus sees a larger, spritual perspective. As a friend, Judas convinces Jesus to give his disciples his miraculous powers, and he does with good results. Finally, the Jewish leaders spy on Judas and convince him of the greater good of betraying Jesus, in order to save the Jewish people. Judas gets caught between the corrupt leaders, Caiaphus and Pontius Pilate, and Jesus. Written by Anonymous

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While Jesus is shown here being crucified on a traditionally-shaped cross, the thieves on either side of him are shown having been crucified on X-shaped crosses. This may date back to the early medieval painters who believed that in depicting the two thieves as being crucified in exactly the same manner as Jesus, they were diminishing the unique, special nature of Jesus' death. Thus they began to show the thieves as being crucified in manners unlike that inflicted on Jesus. See more »

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Pontius Pilate: What in the name of sweet Minerva is a Messiah?
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Unholy Crap
8 March 2004 | by (Richmond, VA) – See all my reviews

This must be the worst and least compelling movie I have ever seen. Aside from most of the story being completely made up, the cast was simply not believable and the dialogue was awful. Call me crazy, but I have a hard time believing anyone in first century Palestine saying to Jesus "Why don't you just say what the hell you mean?"

To call the acting terrible would be an insult to terrible acting. Were I not born a Christian I may very well believe, after seeing this movie, that Jesus was a gay pot-smoking hippie. The dialogue was trite and forced, with little resemblance to the Gospels. And any attempt at feeling was destroyed by what appeared to be actors simply going through the motions.

Not that all of this was the fault of the actors. The writers too, deserve much if not most of the blame. Who knew that Pilate was so manipulative and hated Jesus so much that he would plot with Caiaphas to trick Judas into betraying Him? Not only was there extra garbage like that thrown in there, but there were other more important events left out or glossed over. Like Jesus' death on the cross. Where were the two criminals? How about, "I thirst?" Did we forget "Woman, behold your son. Man, this is your mother?"

I can't possibly say enough bad things about this movie, so I will spare you. Two hours of this drivel. Two hours of my life I want back.


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