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The film traces the life of Jesus Christ, from his birth along with his teachings as a Prophet, to his crucifixion and resurrection.
At the outset, it's important to say what Son Of God is not. Adapted from a TV miniseries, in tone and character, it is not at all like Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ. Son of God has none of Passion's unflinchingly powerful and charismatic depiction of Christ's last days and resurrection.
As the story goes according to scripture, baby Jesus is born to Mary and Joseph. The Three Kings (also known as the Magi) follow the Star of Bethlehem and visit baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph. They realize that he is the son of God.
In his young adult years, Jesus Christ (Morgado) goes about his task of preaching the good word with the Apostles, gaining followers and spreading the word of God far and wide.
Caiaphas (Schiller), the head of the Pharisees, is wary of Jesus. A sequence of events makes the Pharisees realize that Jesus should be stopped. All along the way, the movie dutifully follows scripture. There are miracles performed and the sick and lame are healed. But what this sometimes cheesy, somewhat bland retelling sacrifices at the altar of being by-the-numbers, is passion and a message that hits a viewer in the gut. This film has none of that drive.
James Caviezel's depiction of Christ gave viewers goosebumps. But Morgado, on whose shoulders the weight of the film rests, despite getting the look right and being genial enough, flops at playing Jesus. What is odder still is that given the number of films there are about the life of Christ, this one doesn't give you anything unique. There is very little fervour in the narrative and Pilate (Hicks) is pretty unconvincing, given that he is supposed to be the 'villain' in this movie.
If you want to watch some really good movies inspired by and about the life of Christ, there are plenty of other options you can go for instead.
The film has been adapted from the 10 hour miniseries titled 'The Bible'. This was aired on History Channel.
Son of God has been made at an estimated budget of $22,000,000.
In the opening weekend in the USA, the film raked in $26,500,000.
The film has been shot in Morocco.
Interestingly, the film does not use the footage of Satan from the miniseries as it created a controversy because the actor who played Satan resembled US President Barack Obama.