I sat down in the living room the other night to watch Paul, Apostle of Christ with my husband. We started it at about 9 pm while waiting for some of our kids to get home. Which was totally a bad time to start watching a movie. lol The movie starts out slow, and I just couldn’t follow it. I thought it was just me, but my husband said he had trouble follow it as well. So we turned it off to try another day. A few days later we tried again.
We were right about the it moving slow in the beginning. But we were able to follow the story line a lot better the 2nd time around. I should know better than to start a movie that late. lol Thankfully, they included several story line screens that really helped us follow along.
Paul, Apostle of Christ starts when Paul is already in prison, and ends with his death. It is not set entirely in the prison. The story also follows Priscilla, Aquila, and Luke, to name a few. So we see them outside of the prison, in their community, with others. We see the difficult days of early Christianity, and the effect of Emperor Nero’s persecution of the early church.
Paul, played by James Faulkner, who goes from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Christ’s most influential apostle, is spending his last days in a dark and bleak prison cell awaiting execution by Emperor Nero. Luke, played by Jim Caviezel, his friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into Rome to visit him. Paul is under the watchful eye of Mauritius, played by Oliver Martinez, the prison’s prefect, who seeks to understand how this broken old man can pose such a threat. But 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. Their faith challenged an empire. But their words changed the world.
Paul, Apostle of Christ is written and directed by Andrew Hyatt, and also stars Joanne Whalley and John Lynch.
While Paul, Apostle of Christ does start out slow, it definitely gets better! While I would have liked to see more of Paul’s story, how his name change came about for example, this is a very enjoyable movie. This movie is rated PG-13 for violence. There are a few scenes that kids might find disturbing. I suggest watching it yourself first, to be sure it’s something you want your kids to see, and that your kids can handle it. Check out the trailer.
Paul, Apostle of Christ Official Trailer
Paul, Apostle of Christ – The Heart of the Story
Check out this video of the story behind the making of Paul, Apostle of Christ. The heart of the story.
I really hope that they make more movies like this one, about the other apostles! For now, I will be sharing this movie with all my kids.
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