The life of Jesus Christ is another oft-adapted story that has been put on the screen many times before, which somewhat puts it in the same boat as something like “Romeo and Juliet” in that it is a rather difficult tale to bring any originality to. However, even with such a great challenge, director/co-writer Christopher Spencer and his crew have attempted to bring the story of the religious icon to the screen once more, starting from his birth. As a young man, Jesus (Diogo Morgado) begins preaching the word of God and attracting followers. His teachings become rather controversial and even begin to anger the religious leaders, who not only believe him to be a blasphemer, but also a dangerous man who has threatened to destroy their temple. Eventually, they decide that something must be done, causing them to turn to a traitor amongst Jesus’ disciples, Judas (Joe Wredden), and the local Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate (Greg Hicks), who will ultimately have the final say as to Jesus’ fate.
“Son of God” is the simple case of an adaptation that doesn’t have anything new or original to add to a tale that has been told many, many times before. This is not to say that it’s a bad telling of the story, but given its inability to stand out from the multitude of versions that have come before it, it merely makes you wonder what the filmmakers found so different about their version that made it worth bringing to the screen once again. It’s rather interesting to note that this was originally part of “The Bible” miniseries that featured many of the famous tales, but since the filmmakers found that they had enough material for more than just a few episodes, they decided to make it into a film as well. Perhaps it would have been best if it had remained on the small screen amongst all of the other stories, especially given the film’s forgettable and somewhat flat nature. It may not be particularly bad, but with nothing to set it apart from all of the other adaptations, it’s not one that’s really worth seeing either.
“Son of God” comes to Blu-ray in a 2.35:1 transfer of excellent quality. The picture is bright and sharp, showing no signs of blurriness throughout the entire presentation. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio presents all layers in a loud and clear manner with no noticeable issues of any kind. Overall, both areas have been given just about the best treatment that they could possibly get.
Son of God – Reborn: A 30-minute look behind the scenes at the making of the film, featuring interviews with cast and crew. Worth watching if you’re interested in learning more about it.
From the Set – The Passion: About seven minutes of behind the scenes footage from the filming of “The Passion.” There’s not much here to see, so it’s not particularly worth watching.
Son of God – Un Reino sin Fronteras (A Kingdom without Borders): Another look behind the scenes at the making of the film, featuring interviews with cast, crew, and men of the cloth. Like the other featurette, it’s worth watching if you’re looking to learn more about the film.
Spencer and his crew may have had the best of intentions when putting together “Son of God,” but given its complete lack of originality and the fact that it has nothing new to say about the life of Jesus Christ, it ends up becoming just another adaptation among a multitude of others that no one will have any reason to remember.
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