If you’ve been reading this blog a while you probably know that I am a big fan of Christian movies.
That being said, I am extremely excited about Risen hitting American theaters on February 19th.
Like all Christian movies, it will give believers numerous opportunities to start a conversation about The Gospel, which is always good. And, from what I’ve learned, the unique way the story is told will leave non-believers intrigued and cause them to think about Jesus in a way they never have before.
You may be shaking your head at this point, asking yourself, “Why another Jesus movie?” Well, producer Rich Peluso has an answer. He knows without a doubt that Risen offers something different, something audiences, regardless of their faith or lack thereof, want to see.
“Because of the perspective of coming in this through the eyes of a nonbeliever, it feels very comfortable for nonbelievers to try this story on like a jacket,” he says. “And that’s not just assuming it; it’s through our testing.”
Having tested the film four times, thus far, in front of large audiences, Peluso has gotten the rave reviews he wanted.
“What we’re seeing from non-Christians and those who do not regularly attend church is that they do not feel preached to. They don’t feel kind of hit over the head with Jesus or the Bible. But, they are intrigued by this man and His followers. They are intrigued by the story of what happened, the birth of Christianity and the fact that the infrastructure of Judea, both the Sanhedrin and the Jewish leadership and the Roman leadership were all about crushing this man and crushing His followers. So that automatically lends them credibility.”
“Jesus is not talking at them heavily through this movie. It’s through Clavius’ interactions with Jesus and Clavius’ interactions with the disciples that we learn of Jesus’ teachings and we learn who He is as the Son of God. And again, it all feels just so easy to try on for the unchurched.”
For more information, visit the official Risen website here.