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PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST - Review
PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Director: Andrew Hyatt
Stars: James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel
Plot: Luke meets with Paul while Paul is imprisoned and together they write the book of Acts
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
If you have ever read the Bible you know that there is a lot of R-rated content in many of the stories. Unfortunately, that doesn't translate well when it comes to making a "Christian" film that Christians will want to see. Thankfully, Affirm Studios (Sony) has decided that making the movies in the same way that the stories are told in the Bible is worth the risk.
Because they are willing to take the risk, we are able to see a powerful film with high stakes, strong emotion, and characters that feel real. It is so frustrating when a "Christian" film completely waters down the bad guy because, "Christians don't want to hear that kind of language or see that kind of behavior." Those movies completely lose sight of why the people are there. They want to see redemption. If a character isn't really that bad then why are we watching a movie about it in the first place?
Paul and Luke lived in dark times in a dark place. The movie shows this. It also shows the struggle with faith, humanity, anger, and sadness. You feel for the plight of the characters in this film.
The only thing that keeps this movie from being great is the pacing. It is fairly slow for the first hour, but then it picks up well all the way through the emotional ending. There are easy things the studio could have done to make the film more exciting, but I'm guessing those scenes were left on the cutting room floor in order to keep the audiences from witnessing too much or from getting an R rating.
Mel Gibson proved to the studios that they can make a powerful, Christian film that doesn't pull any punched and the people will see it. Hopefully, movies like PAUL and RISEN will keep leading the studios in that direction so we aren't left with lame stuff like GOD'S NOT DEAD 14.