Just got back from seeing “Risen” in theaters. I was surprised at how good it was. No film about the life of Jesus has ever completely avoided being campy – but this one did it a lot better than most. It really brought the gospel to life in a new way, something that is really hard to do given the two thousand year head start. I really appreciated the flipped perspective of focusing on a Roman, and I loved that Jesus was barely in the film – which sounds really weird to say, but I think if you watch it you’ll understand. Because Jesus is not in the film very much, it broadens your interest and increases the impact he has when he finally does arrive. The film was very subtle and not overt or heavy-handed with its message, but was still kept from being too modern or wishy-washy. It doesn’t say a lot, but what it does say it says well.