RISEN: Movie Promises to be a Gift for 2016

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Risen revised one sheet Feb dateI recently had the opportunity to learn more about a new movie that I know you’re going to love in this New Year! When it releases on February 19, RISEN will definitely be one you’ll want to see. While I can’t give my full review quite yet, I’m happy to share the brief endorsement I wrote for the film:

Captivating from its opening action sequence to its compelling climax, RISEN ranks among the very best movies of any genre I’ve seen this year. This is a movie that will challenge your previously held assumptions about Christ’s life and resurrection and leave you anxious to discuss what you’ve witnessed, to study the original source material and, if you’re a person of faith, to share your beliefs in a bolder fashion. Fantastic portrayals, a sweeping score, expansive attention to historical detail and stunning cinematography make this a sure bet for 2016.

Interview with Tom Felton, “Lucias”:

At the screening I attended, I interviewed two of the actors from the film. The following video includes my conversation with Tom Felton who plays the role of “Lucias” in the film. I know you’ll recognize Tom from his role in the HARRY POTTER films. He was incredibly gracious with his remarks.

Introducing RISEN:

To get you up to speed on the film, here’s the official trailer and an overview:

RISEN is the epic biblical story of the Resurrection and the weeks that followed, as seen through the eyes of an unbelieving Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a high-ranking Roman military tribune. Clavius and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are instructed by Pontius Pilate to oversee the execution of Jesus of Nazareth, and to ensure that his radical followers don’t steal the body and claim resurrection. Despite the tomb’s protection by Roman guards, the body goes missing within days. Clavius is charged to locate the missing body in order to prevent an imminent uprising in Jerusalem. Only by finding the remains of Jesus can they disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah, allowing Rome to retain control of Judea. Along Clavius’ mission, however, his doubts of such a supernatural occurrence begin to fade as he encounters the apostles and other followers while piecing together the mysterious events that unfolded after the Crucifixion.

RISEN Photography:

We’re fortunate to have a few photos from the film to share with you:

Jesus crucified along with other convicted criminals in RISEN, in theaters nationwide, Feb. 19, 2016. Photo: Columbia Pictures

Jesus crucified along with other convicted criminals in RISEN, in theaters nationwide, Feb. 19, 2016. Photo: Columbia Pictures

Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) and Lucius (Tom Felton) execute orders from Pontius Pilate in RISEN, in theaters nationwide Feb. 19, 2016. Photo: Columbia Pictures

Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) and Lucius (Tom Felton) execute orders from Pontius Pilate in RISEN, in theaters nationwide Feb. 19, 2016. Photo: Columbia Pictures

Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), with Jesus’ disciples, witnesses a miracle

Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), with Jesus’ disciples, witnesses a miracle in RISEN, in theaters nationwide, Feb. 19, 2016. Photo: Columbia Pictures

RISEN Key Players:

CAST INCLUDES: Joseph Fiennes (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, HERCULES), Tom Felton (HARRY POTTER), Peter Firth (THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, MI-5), and Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead).

DIRECTOR: Kevin Reynolds

SCREENPLAY BY: Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello

STORY BY: Paul Aiello

PRODUCERS: Mickey Liddell, Patrick Aiello, Pete Shilaimon

RISEN releases in theaters on February 19, 2016. To learn more, “like” RISEN at Facebook or follow the RISEN Twitter feed.

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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