In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead.


Kevin Reynolds


Kevin Reynolds (screenplay), Paul Aiello (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Fiennes ... Clavius
Tom Felton ... Lucius
Peter Firth ... Pilate
Cliff Curtis ... Yeshua
María Botto ... Mary Magdalene (as Maria Botto)
Luis Callejo ... Joses
Antonio Gil ... Joseph of Arimathea
Richard Atwill Richard Atwill ... Polybius
Stewart Scudamore ... Peter
Andy Gathergood ... Quintus
Stephen Hagan ... Bartholomew
Mish Boyko Mish Boyko ... John
Jan Cornet ... Thomas / Dydimus
Joe Manjón ... Simon the Canaanite (as Joe Manjon)
Pepe Lorente ... Thaddeus


Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Yahshua in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. Written by Sony Pictures

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Witness the manhunt that changed the course of human history

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for Biblical violence including some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The way Jesus is crucified is the same from the The Gospel of John (2003). Jesus in both versions is shown crucified in a T-shaped cross, nailed through small pieces of wood on his wrists and his feet are placed on two mounts, one on the left and the other at the right. See more »


Throughout the movie, Romans and Hebrews alike casually talk about Yahweh. On their way to Galilee, the Apostles even begin the Lord's prayer with "Yahweh, hallowed is your name." No Jew, Apostles included, would dare pronounce the name of God, except the High Priest in the Holy of Holies of the Temple in Jerusalem, and he would only do it once a year for Yom Kippur. Jewish people would use other terms, like "Adonai" (Lord), "Haqadosh" (The Holy One), and "Hashem" (The Name). See more »


[first lines]
Inn Keeper: Roman, huh? That's a Tribune's ring?
Clavius: Yes.
Inn Keeper: Have you come far?
Clavius: [narrating as he remembers a battle in Judea] Thirty years the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar has ruled the wasteland of Judea and its people. As Tribune to Prefect Ponpiu Pilate, my task is to keep order in a city that is steeped in unrest. The Jews pray to their single God, Yahweh, for the arrival of the mystical Messiah. As their religious leader, the Sanhedrin try to keep an uneasy peace. But each day creates more zealots ...
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A Roman tribune is assigned by governor Pilatos to carry out a bizarre investigation , to discover the possible resurrection of a man called Jesus of Nazareth.
4 April 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Acceptable and memorable film in which a Roman Agent : Joseph Fiennes along with his helper : Tom Felton are commissionated to resolve rumors of the resurrection of an executed convict : Cliff Curtis .In 33 AD in a remote part of the empire called Palestine , sent to to disprove the resurrection and on a spiritual quest the Tribune discovers faith, friendship , wonderful events and a revelation that could shatter the Roman Empire to find the body of Jesus Christ . This is the thrilling tale of a quest to uncover the mystery of all mysteries and while an officer finds out a surprising truth , to discover the body of Jesus Christ who rose from the dead .

Here is treated the Resurrection as a mystery thriller including noisy action , fights , suspense , intrigue and pursuits. This is an interesting treatment of the political and religious thought-world of the time convincingly developed and the intent of the filmmakers is ultimately both ambitious and entertaining. Interpretations are awesome, Joseph Fiennes as the doubtful Tribune gives a magnificent acting , he plays a hard-nosed investigator who finally finds out the marvelous truth , he rises to the occasion especially in the crucial last half-hour . Peter Firth is a credible governor Pontius Pilatus who sends Tribune Clavius off on a dangerous mission. And a nice support cast mostly formed by Spanish actors playing Apostles and Jews as Thomas: Jean Cornet, Andrew:MarioTardon, Thaddeus:Lorente, Joseph Arimatea: Antonio Gil , Jose: Luis Callejo, and Maria Botto as Mary Magdalene. All of them deliver some insightful dialogs.The picture has a Christian point of view that holds interest , delivering an enjoyable Catholic vision fitting itself to religious canon. This is an Usa-Spain coproduction being well set in Malta and Almeria ,Andalucia .Colorful and adequate cinematography by Lorenzo Senatore. Special mention for musical score marvelously composed by Roque Baños , plenty of catching and evocative sounds.

The motion picture was compellingly directed by Kevin Reynolds . Kevin is a good craftsman with hits and flops , including titles as Robin Hood,The beast of the war, Waterworld, 187 , Fandango , Tristan and Isolda. Rating : better than average , well worth watching .

This film by Kevin Reynolds had two previous renditions: 1987 titled The Inquiry by Damiano Damiani with Keith Carradine , Harvey Keitel, Phyllis Logan and 2oo6 The Final Inquiry by Giulio Base with Daniel Liotti , Dolph Lundgren, Monica Cruz , Ornella Muti.

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Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Risen See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,801,271, 21 February 2016

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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