Last night our family was looking forward to FINALLY having a movie night together. We were all together under one roof and ready with our snacks when we sat down to watch Paul Apostle of Christ.
What is #PaulMovie?
Paul (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(Caviezel), his friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into Rome to visit him. Paul is under the watchful eye of Mauritius (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.
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Andrew Hyatt
PRODUCED BY: T.J. Berden and David Zelon
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Eric Groth, Rick Jackson, Harrison Powell and Jim Caviezel
STARRING: Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley and John Lynch
Soon after turning on the movie thought we may have made a mistake by letting our 7-year-old watch with us. My tired brain didn’t consider the fact that persecution would include torture and execution, but it remained over her head and we had no issues.
As for the rest of us, we quickly fell in love with the film. The story is true to both history and scripture and was enjoyable. My husband and I were both pleasantly surprised with the humorous quips between Paul and Luke, showing that they were human while yet men of God. The end, oh my word, the end left me in tears.
One great factor of this film is that you do not have to be a theology scholar or history buff to understand and appreciate what is happening. One could even press play on this movie, having never heard of Saul/Paul or Nero, and follow along as it explains it all so well. That being said, if you do enjoy these things, you will find it especially interesting as well. Two of my favorite “characters” were Aquila and Priscilla, and seeing what they might have been like was really neat.
The Schott Family highly recommends Paul, Apostle of Christ!!! We also highly recommend discussing what is happening with your children so that they understand what persecution is and what it meant for those that have to endure it, even now. It is probably best to screen the film before allowing your children to watch to know if they can handle some of the scenes or not. (Example: There are Christians that were used as Roman Candles to light the streets. This was seen several times in the film.) Even so, we give the movie 5 out of 5 stars!
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