Jesus heals the lame, feeds the masses, and revives the dead in this latest telling of the Messiah’s life story, and it’s really just that — a telling. Derived mostly from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s 2013 History Channel series The Bible, this biopic faithfully and inoffensively checks off all of Jesus’ life events, from birth to death, with absolutely no point of view. By and large, the performances do nothing to add any fervor. Portuguese model-turned-actor Diogo Morgado plays Jesus with a good-natured geniality but a total lack of the charisma needed to become the most famous man who ever lived. At best, this version succeeds as a Sunday school supplement. But the blandness is enough to make you long for Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. C+
HALLELUJAH praise Jesus, but maybe not this movie (Casey Crafford)
Genre: Drama; Starring: Diogo Morgado; Director: Christopher Spencer; Release Date Wide: 02/28/2014; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 138; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Fox
Posted March 14 2014 — 12:00 AM EDT
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