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DVD/BLU-RAY review: 'Son of God' turns TV into a movie

Published June 2, 2014 3:23 pm

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DVD/Blu-ray •There is much to recommend "Son of God," this latest version of the story of Jesus.

Unlike the traditional portrayals, the actors are allowed to act and not be wooden images — although the performances (including Diogo Morgado as Jesus) are good, not great. It's far less violent than "The Passion of the Christ" and "The Last Temptation of Christ," although it includes a good deal of violence and is not appropriate for children.

This is a cut-down version of husband-and-wife executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's TV miniseries "The Bible," lifting out the story of Jesus and adding some scenes that didn't make the TV cut. (Downey co-stars as Mary, Jesus' mother.) Notably, Satan has been exorcised from the movie because the actor who played him looked sort of like President Barack Obama. And there are times when "Son of God" looks like a TV show on the big screen — choppy camera work, fake-looking models, obvious commercial breaks.

But "Son of God" is more about faith than filmmaking. What some may see as 2 hours and 18 minutes of inspiration, others will see as a movie that's 20-30 minutes too long. —

Grade • B- —

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