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(1998), NR [PG*] (-44.5 min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
July 13, 2005
80 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(1998), NR [PG*] -- ...alluring and even haunting magnetism.

Production (US): Impact Productions
Distribution (US): Creative Trust Workshop
Director(s): Andrea Jobe, Kent Hammond
Producer(s): Tom Newman, Kent Hammond
Story by: Max Lucado
Screenplay: Andrea Jobe, Mark Steele
Cinematography/Camera: Brett Reynolds
Music: Scott Mathews
Film Editing: Randy Steuhm
Casting: Jeffrey Huston
Production Design: David Powell

Resurrection is a powerful a story, nearly as powerful as The Passion of the Christ only shorter with less but more finely tuned detail and in a different and gentler way about a different but related topic. Passion ends with Christ's death. Resurrection begins with it.

A cast of unknown but skilled actors in locations with amazingly fine period detail combined to give a strong sense of true history to this telling of the account of Claudius, the one who drove a spear in the side of Jesus as He hung on the Cross.

The story tells of Claudius (Robert Jobe), a bewildered Roman soldier on the Golgotha execution detail. Claudius was transferred out of another division into the Golgotha detail because he was accused of killing a fellow soldier who was no more than in the way when Claudius reacted as a soldier would to the attacks upon him.

Jesus had looked deeply into Claudius. Claudius related that moment with "I have never seen such powerful eyes ... innocent eyes." Our Lord's gaze into Claudius on Calvary began a change in Claudius. Claudius knew Jesus was talking to him as well as others when Jesus said "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." [Luke 23:34]

Constantly tormented and tortured by, in his own words, having killed an innocent man, Claudius raises suspicions in Marcus (Mark Steele), a fellow soldier and friend in his new unit, of being a sympathizer or of being mentally deranged. Now there, whether intentional, is an item of parallel with modern times. Recall if you will previous mutterings of some of the modern mental health communities and some courts to have believers declared deranged or insane.

In his new assignment, Claudius and a number of other soldiers are tasked to guard the tomb of Jesus. Officials suspect that the body of Jesus would be stolen by Jesus' disciples in order to give credibility to His claims to be the Son of God and that He would be resurrected three days after His Death. [John 2:19]

Soon, an earthquake is felt at the tomb and the stone is rolled away with blinding light and an explosion of Holy Ghost power. [Matt. 28:2 - 4] Though Gabriel is no seen, Matt. 28:4 tells us the soldiers shook and fell to the ground as if dead in fear at the sight of Gabriel, the angel who rolled away the stone. Claudius and the other soldiers witness the miraculous event and see Jesus at the door of the tomb -- alive!

Why Resurrection does not include Gabriel is not explained. But later, the film tells of Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joses who went to see the sepulchre were told by an angel at the tomb (Gabriel) that Jesus was no longer in the tomb. [Matt. 28:6]

Since all tomb guards fell to the ground as if dead at the sight of the opening of the tomb, they were bribed by the priests to say they fell asleep and that Jesus' disciples stole Jesus' body as they slept. [Matt. 28:12 - 13] This is the story circulated by the authorities. [Matt. 28:15]

All but one soldier agrees to the bribe to say they all fell asleep when Jesus' body was stolen. All except Claudius. Claudius wanted to know the truth. Where is the body? All manner of coercion, bribery and threat are tried to gain Claudius' silence about what he saw at the tomb. But Clausius' hunger for the truth about what happened to the body was consuming him. Why Claudius was searching for the truth about where is the body of Jesus when he saw Jesus standing in the door of the tomb was not explained.

It is Claudius telling the truth about the events at the tomb that the Jews and Romans fear the most. It is a story that could topple their reign. Together, the Jews and Romans must stifle Claudius and prevent the upheaval that could happen should Claudius' story be discovered: the story that gives credence to Jesus' claims before His Crucifixion. But Claudius is nowhere to be found.

To the last moments of the film, Claudius was tormented about having killed an innocent man and about the whereabouts of Jesus. All his questions were answered. How I will not explain in case you want to see for yourself.

Resurrection has alluring and even haunting magnetism. You can see it is a relatively faithful retelling of the events shortly after the Crucifixion and Jesus. For the believer anyway. And maybe for the non-believer as well since Resurrection truly is "based on a true story."

There is much more to Resurrection but I do not want to spoil it for you should you, after inspecting the listing in the Findings/Scoring section, decide this film is fit for you and/or your family.

The Findings/Scoring section is completely objective to the teachings and expectations of Jesus. But this Summary/Commentary might be and sometimes is is somewhat subjective and I am going to take advantage of that feature. The written language is inadequate to adequately express the power of Resurrection or the skills and talents of the performers and filmmakers. It is that good. The performers each appear to be unknown but possess skills of seasoned thespians. Resurrection should make an exciting evangelical witnessing tool. Note, however, that the final score of 80 places this film in the scoring range earned by PG films (86 to 68 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. Indeed, due mainly to the graphic depiction of our Lord Jesus in torment with physical gore gives the film an equivalence to R-rated fillms in Wanton Violence/Crime.


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  • Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
  • Matt. 28:2 - 4 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
  • John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple [kill me], and in three days I will raise it up [be resurrected].
  • Matt. 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
  • Matt. 28:12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, "You are to say, `His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.'
  • Matt. 28:15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among you], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Resurrection (1998) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • brutality for not answering, twice
  • threat with blade
  • flashes of gore and beatings, repeatedly with varying degrees of intensity
  • a man chasing a child not his own to retain
  • admission of killing
  • "Execute me" request to be killed
  • training violence progressing to vendetta
  • sword fight
  • spear to throat
  • knife to throat
  • abduction to force information
  • images of frenzied lust for killing

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • using freedom of speech to incite
  • military oppression of freedom of speech
  • lies

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • First Impressions and

    Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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