This past week I had the privilege of attending the premier of Paul, The Apostle of Christ. Here is what is a description from the website, Paulmovie.com:
“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.”
Going in to this movie I did not know what to expect. My assumption was that the full life of Paul would be shown in cinematic form (possibly a later movie?). However, the focus was on a specific time period after the burning of Rome where Luke visited Paul in prison to have him recount his life, as now told in the book of Acts. It is around this event that the story unfolds. I don’t want to give any spoilers, because I really want you to see this movie, so suffice it to say that while the action comes in small spurts, the human interaction and dialogue is what makes the movie great. The acting is the some of the best I have seen with Jim Caviezel playing Luke, James Faulkner as Paul, Olivier Martinez playing the antagonist Mauritius, and John Lynch/Joanna Whalley playing Aquila and Priscilla (a very strong cast for a Biblical movie). When I left the movie I was inspired to continue on in my own life of staying true to the One who has laid a calling upon it, which is exactly what a great movie should do.
More movies like this and, “I Can Only Imagine” (which is in theaters now and doing quite well), need to be made, so as moviegoers we must show our support by getting out and making them a box office success!