Paul, Apostle of Christ movie

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world. – from movie’s website

When I heard about this movie, I was curious about how they were going to portray Paul’s life. I was pleased with how they did it. One of my favorite parts of the movie was how they incorporated actual passages from the Bible with lines spoken by the characters and they felt authentic coming from them in their contexts. Of course, there was creative license within the movie because no one knows the whole story and they had to make it into a story that worked for a film. Even with the creative liberties taken, it seemed like it could happen that way and it followed what is given to us in the Bible.

The movie also reminded me of things I don’t normally think of, such as Luke never actually meeting Christ on earth despite writing one of the Gospels and that he was a Greek not a Jew. Another reason I was looking forward to this movie was because the actor who played Jesus in the Passion of the Christ, Jim Caviezel, was in it. This movie was not nearly as gory as the Passion of the Christ but the violence and gore were implied and we were shown enough to know what was going on.

Overall, I think it was a great movie and I would recommend it for people to watch.

“Film has been provided courtesy of Sony Entertainment Releasing Canada (Affirm Films) and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”