RISEN takes an unusual angle on the story of the Resurrection. It starts out with Detective Clavius cleaning up a few Jewish rebels, then he’s called in to Inspector Pilate’s office and given the assignment to tidy up the Nazarene disturbance. It really feels like a cop show. Jews are called in for questioning, but with every interview Clavius only grows more frustrated.
By about half-way through I was thinking okay, this is an unbeliever’s take on Christ. We’ll get a rational explanation for what happened on Golgotha. That notion was abruptly turned on its head when Clavius confronts the risen Christ. And this is presented as it was in the Gospels: Jesus, having died on the cross, is once again among the living.
Risen is worth a view. Not as intellectual as The Last Temptation Of Christ, but still thought provoking. It’s easy to sympathise with hard-headed Clavius when he murmurs, “I have seen two things which I cannot reconcile.”