“Risen” is a powerful movie that delivers “huge messages” for Christians and non-Christians, alike, according to actor Joseph Fiennes.
The film — which is now streaming on Pure Flix — tells the story of the resurrection and the events preceding Jesus’ exit from the tomb through the eyes of a nonbeliever.
Fiennes, who plays Clavius, a Roman soldier who witnesses Jesus’ crucifixion, believes there are pivotal lessons for all who watch.
“There's huge messages for believers and nonbelievers, alike,” the actor told “The Church Boys Podcast” around the time of the film’s 2016 theatrical release. “If you're a believer, you come away with a conversation of faith and if you're a nonbeliever you can understand at least the value of redemption and second chances.”
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Fiennes said his own faith was “sharper” than it had ever been after making the film, and added that “Risen” also had an impact on the lives of other actors and crew members.
He also delivered a message about the distractions that sometimes keep people from looking deeper at the essential elements of faith.
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“I think the movie proves that maybe one has to tune out of the sort of intellectual noise and tune into faith and tune into the greater consciousness,” Fiennes said. “I privately do take away from the film the continued conversation with myself about faith and what that means.”