At A Theater Near You: 'Son of God' made by team that put together History Channel's 'The Bible'

Published on Thursday, 27 February 2014 23:10 - Written by Stewart Smith ssmith@tylerpaper.com

Here’s what hitting silver screens this weekend.

 

“Non-Stop”

What’s it about? An unknown enemy on board a trans-Atlantic flight threatens to kill one passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred to an account. Air marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is the only one who can save the day.

Will it be good? It looks like pure cheese, but Neeson has proven lately that he’s just the man to sell this level of material based purely on his dedication. The trailers make it look like a fake movie that you’d see parodied in other TV shows and films, but sometimes that’s not necessarily always a bad thing.

"Non-Stop" Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references.

 

“Son of God”

What’s it about? This feature film depicts the story of Jesus Christ, from his humble birth through his death and resurrection. I think it’s based on some old book a few people are fond of.

Will it be good? This one’s a real wild card. Most Bible-based or Christian-themed films these days are terrible. They do good business within the communities they are aimed at, but more often than not they’re poorly made and seem to exist more to hammer home a moral message than to actually tell a good story and be a solid piece of cinema. “Son of God” looks like it’s at least trying to deliver a depiction of Jesus in a vein that we haven’t really seen in film before and with a sense of style and purpose. Will it actually be any good in the process? It’s by the same team that put together the History Channel’s “The Bible” miniseries (complete with Diogo Morgado reprising his role as Jesus), so if you enjoyed that you may well find much to like here. As someone who grew up watching all manner of “Christian entertainment,” I’ve always hoped that better material could be derived from The Bible. Here’s hoping this is a start.

"Son of God" Rated PG-13 for intense and bloody depiction of The Crucifixion, and for some sequences of violence.