There are several religious themed films coming to the big screen in 2014, and the first to hit theaters is “Son of God,” distributed by 20th Century Fox. Following the tremendous success of the televised mini-series “The Bible” on the History Channel in 2013, producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey chose to reach out to an even wider audience with this project. Acclaimed director Christopher Spencer, who also directed three episodes of “The Bible,” is at the helm of this film that has already elicited much praise from those who have attended pre-screenings. The film grossed $9.4 M on opening day, Friday, February 28th. With a strong marketing campaign targeted at a Christian audience and the support of churches, much of that was from advance ticket sales ($4.5M).
“Son of God” is the story of Jesus, played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado. The story starts from his birth and ends in his crucifixion and resurrection. Comparisons are being made to 'The Passion of the Christ', although the two films are told from different views. This movie does not focus as intently on the final week of Jesus, but encompasses more of his entire life and the lives of those he encounters. The relationship of Jesus with his family and friends while he lived on earth should give the viewer more insight into the One who came to save mankind.
With Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer writing the score and Lola Post Productions (“Clash of the Titans”) doing special effects, “Son of God” will surely be a film that people will never forget.