A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Messages include respecting different beliefs, the benefits of science and technological advancements, and collaboration. Themes include forgiveness, teamwork, courage, religious tolerance, and pursuing academic excellence. Religion, God's love, and Jesus Christ as an historic figure are all present.
Positive Role Models
Four young adult geniuses show that it's cool to be science "nerds"/high-ranking academic scholars. Jesus stays committed to his assignment on Earth, despite the awareness of his forthcoming torture and death. Young adults show that through teamwork, persistence, and grit, great advancements can be made in science and in evolving humanity.
Violence & Scariness
Gun violence/shoot-out scenes, additional weapons (many types), and graphic scenes that involve death. A wife and two daughters die in a car crash, a car explodes, parents are murdered execution-style, a mother and father are beheaded (suggested), Jesus is crucified, people are badly beaten, and many lives are lost. Throat slit, someone is stabbed. Scene in which someone ponders suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing between two consenting young adults. Flirting/kissing between two scientists. Character shown in underwear.
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Use of the word "imbecile."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Grieving character drinks while crying at home alone.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Black Easter (a slightly different version was previously known as Assassin 33 A.D.) is a sci-fi thriller that centers on a group of scientists who discover a secret plan to use a time machine to change the past. The movie deals with Christianity, science/technological advancements, time travel, religious tolerance (as well as religious conflict), friendship, and more. While there's barely any strong language, sexual content beyond kissing, or substance use, you can expect plenty of violence. There's gun/weapon use, shoot-outs, graphic murder scenes, crucifixion, car crashes, and serious beatings. Loved ones are killed, and people mourn them. That said, there are positive themes related to teamwork, academic excellence, and perseverance. And while religious beliefs are central to the movie's plot, the positive benefits of science are highlighted, too. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This unique, suspenseful thriller not only chronicles the crucifixion of Jesus, but it also showcases the benefits of science and technological advancement. Black Easter is action-packed and intriguing, and it poses relevant questions about science, religious beliefs, power, and the potential negative and positive effects of time travel. That said, the movie's concept and plot are more powerful than the cinematic delivery. While the messages of forgiveness, God's love, and respecting different beliefs are very powerful, the transitions from one scene to the next -- as well as the changes from one time period to another -- aren't seamless. Still, despite some obvious indications of budget constraints, the writing is engaging, which helps make up for where some of the cinematography is lacking.
The relationship between Ram and Amy shows that people with totally different beliefs can still work together while respecting and loving each other. In the supporting cast, Donny Boaz shows great emotional range as Brandt, the conflicted Christian's experienced so much pain and disappointment that he no longer believes. Jason Castro is eerily good as Jesus, and, as Simon, Lamar Usher is relatable, contemporary, and genuine. While some may label this film as religious propaganda, others will beg to differ. It tackles its topics and themes diplomatically and poses thought-provoking questions. It addresses both Christianity and Islam, and science isn't pitted against faith but rather creates a parallel space for scientific minds to look at bible-based historical events. Ultimately it suggests that whether or not you believe in the Bible, it may not be a bad idea to actually read it and see what it says for yourself.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.