By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Christian-themed remake is familiar and violent.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It reenacts the Biblical story of the resurrection, but focuses on the confusion and doubts the followers of Jesus Christ felt after he was crucified, and before the resurrection. It also offers messages of hope and faith from a Christian tradition.
Positive Role Models
The Romans and Caiphus' minions are the enemies of Jesus and his disciples, but people of Jerusalem offer their support. The disciples are faithful, but human, and have their doubts and make their mistakes, but ultimately hold on to their faith. John the Baptist and Mary Magdalen are portrayed as Black individuals, which is different from many historical interpretations.
Violence & Scariness
It features scenes of Christ’s hands being nailed into a cross as he screams -- his bloodied body is visible on and off the cross. Judas hangs himself. Beatings and murders at the hands of the Romans are shown. Mob violence includes pushing, shoving, rock throwing, etc. Goats are butchered and sacrificed.
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"Shut up" is audible at least once.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
As was the tradition of the time, wine is consumed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Resurrection is a dramatic, Christian-based movie that focuses on Jesus Christ's disciples as they struggle with their leader's death and find hope in his resurrection. There are some bloody scenes of Jesus being crucified, as well as of people being attacked, beaten, and killed. Wine is consumed and the words "shut up" are audible.
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What's the Story?
Adapted from AD: The Bible Continues, RESURRECTION is a dramatic movie event that portrays the days immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus (Juan Pablo Di Pace). Caiphas (Richard Coyle) has called for Jesus' execution, and Pontius Pilate (Vincent Regan) has agreed. Meanwhile, Peter (Adam Levy), John (Babou Ceesay), and the other disciples are being hunted down, and now must go into hiding. After Jesus dies, the men try to make sense of what happened to their leader, and they wonder if they should leave Jerusalem. But Mother Mary (Greta Scacchi) has no doubt that her son will return.
Is It Any Good?
This dramatic installment of The Bible franchise recreates the Biblical story of the crucifixion, the resurrection, and the turmoil experienced by Jesus' disciples before they went off to spread the gospels. But if the production seems familiar to viewers, it's likely due to the fact that it was created using archived footage that was shot during the making of AD: The Bible Continues. Nonetheless, it still manages to offer a clear, well-paced narrative throughout its roughly 90-minute run.
Resurrection is clearly Christian-based, and stays true to much of what is described in the New Testament. As a result, those whose belief systems are anchored in Christian tradition will appreciate, if not celebrate, its messages about Christ's followers around the world and their words of faith and hope. However, this movie assumes that the viewer is familiar with the story and the people featured in it. Those who don't already know much about it may have a hard time following along, and others just won't be interested in watching.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the different ways the story of the crucifixion and resurrection are told here. How is this telling unique from others you've heard?
How does the story of Jesus and his disciples in Resurrection differ from the way it is told in AD: The Bible Continues? Is it successful in telling it from a new point of view?
- Premiere date: March 27, 2021
- Cast: Juan Pablo Di Pace, Greta Scacchi, Babou Ceesay, Adam Levy
- Network: Discovery+
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: History
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: August 30, 2022
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