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Killing Jesus (2015)

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A miniseries chronicling the life of Jesus of Nazareth.


Christopher Menaul


Martin Dugard (based on the book by), Walon Green | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... King Herod / Narrator
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Isaiah
Eoin Macken ... Herod Antipas
Rufus Sewell ... Caiaphas
John Rhys-Davies ... Annas
Michael D'Cruze Michael D'Cruze ... Caspar
Ravi Aujla Ravi Aujla ... Zechariah
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid ... Joseph (as Yousef Sweid)
July Namir ... Young Mary
Badria Timimi Badria Timimi ... Elizabeth
Dan Mor ... Sillaeus
Ouidad Elma ... Sarah
Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Herodias
Waleed Elgadi ... Saul
Zoubir Abou Alfadel Zoubir Abou Alfadel ... Jesus (8 Years Old)


A miniseries chronicling the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

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Missed the mark and the point
20 April 2015 | by rprince-832-6294See all my reviews

-Killing Jesus (2015) movie review: -Killing Jesus is a TV movie by National Geographic, giving a look at the ministry and death of Jesus of Nazareth from both his perspective and the perspectives of those who ordered his death. This attempt as a religious telling takes a non-biased look at the story of Christ, essentially adding biased against the truth told in the actual story. I'll get in to that later.

-Technically, it was not that bad. I will review part of it from that standpoint. However I am also going to review the content and what it represents, which was less than satisfying for a film that only needed to do the same as the other hundred films like this one.

-The story was told from both the perspectives of Jesus' captors as well as Jesus, so it feels inconsistent. They also skipped a few points that help develop other points in Christ's ministry.

-The film had a slow start and an odd pace that rushed through a bit of time without letting the audience know. Rushed ending too.

-The acting is functional. Haaz Sleiman plays a good Jesus, but not a great one. It also has some people like Kelsey Grammar, Rufus Sewell, and John Rhys-Davies in it, who do a good job.

-The characters are not all that good or accurate. Jesus whines and at one point talks about how He wants to lead a rebellion with swords. Because that obviously happened. To make this part short, when it comes to characters there is almost no regard for the actual Bible.

-I liked the music. It was very Bear McCreary-esque.

-The production value was acceptable, and I loved that they had a Jewish looking Jesus. Other than that, this film is both factually and Biblically inaccurate through most of its passive attempt to tell the story of Christ. Ending it ambiguously while not having things like the Holy Spirit in it once just truly take everything out of the meaning.

-Technically, it is not terrible. It has a decent design, acting that is not too bad, and a good score. Biblically and historically, it gets little right and takes the extra step to ensure this comes from a non-biased worldview, which in turn takes God out of it. Killing Jesus is not worth the time.

-Killing Jesus holds a PG-13 rating for violence and some partial nudity.

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