Movie Review : Paul

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Watching movies as a family is something we seem to be doing more and more of.  Finding movies that we can feel good about watching as a family is getting harder and harder!!  I heard friends say they watched Paul and thought it was a good so I was happy to take the offer to review the movie!

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I must admit I enjoy watching movies that portray Bible stories/truths in their time period.  Watching this movie I felt like I could envision more about what that time period was like.  Movies like this bring color into the stories that I read in my Bible – these images play in my mind when I am reading books of the Bible that Paul wrote like Galations or Corinthians.

One of my favorite aspects of the movie was when the characters would quote scripture that they wrote.  In one scene Paul quotes the love passage in Corinthians, and it is so much more meaningful when he quotes it in context and not just as you are reading through this letter.

My husband and I both watched this movie, I am saving it for the kids to watch on our travels later this summer.  We both enjoyed it, there were a few moments when the story was a little slow, but in all honestly Paul’s life was long and not always exciting.

There are story lines that had to be created to build an entire movie, but even these story lines added depth to the time period and all that was going on.

The movie The Nativity Story is one of my favorites, we watch it every year on Christmas Day – this movie : Paul is just as good with an equal amount of benefit to the believer!

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ABOUT THE FILM

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

CAST

  •    Jim Caviezel (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST)
  •    James Faulkner (“Downton Abbey”)
  •    Olivier Martinez (S.W.A.T.)
  •    Joanne Whalley (“A.D. The Bible Continues”)
  •    John Lynch (THE SECRET GARDEN)

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Paul, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.  These thoughts are mine and not a result of receiving the movie for free.

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