The latest faith-based movie has hit theatres. Paul: Apostle of Christ starring Jim Caviezel, better know as Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”. As Executive Producer, he was able to bring this movie to life. In a recent interview he said it was just something he had to bring to the screen.
The scene is Rome in AD67. The situation for Christians is not good, in fact – we know that they are being used as candles for the Roman court – and Paul is in prison, nearing the end of his life. Luke, the author of the 4th gospel, and the doctor among the disciples heads to the prison to write down Paul’s memories. This account will become the book of Acts that we know today.
We see the compound where the Christians are living, and where Priscilla and Aquilla are living. They are amazed at the gifts the other communities have been sending them. One of my favourite lines to describe this was, ” even the Corinthians gave generously, if you can believe it!”. One of the residents is a young boy Tarquin, and he offers himself to be a messenger between this community and some sympathetic Roman families who may be able to assist the Christians in leaving the city.
Luke is able to get someone to covertly get him into Paul’s cell, and he begins to record the accounts of Paul’s journeys. I always find it fascinating to learn how the events in Acts connect to his letters, and this movie does that well. For one not acquainted with the Pauline letters though, the skipping of the timeline would be confusing. It’s impossible to present Paul’s writings in a chronological order when presenting them as memories.
I enjoyed this movie, although I found the settings dark in their lighting. It would be better in a theatre setting I’m sure. There were moments that tied themselves up just a little too neatly – but to delve deeper into these issues would have necessitate a much longer presentation.
Thank you to Graf Martin Communications and Sony Pictures for the opportunity to independently review this movie.