Son of God, the 138 minute PG 13 rated film, opened on Friday beating out its top competition the Lego Movie. The Son of God movie starting Portuguese actor Diogo Margado brought in $10 million on its opening day. Many churches made sure that Hollywood was well rewarded for their efforts by buying out entire performances. Some churches even brought out all showings of the film at nearby theaters.
Most people who saw the film have given it mixed reviews. The movie is based on The Bible series by the History Channel and some say that the scenes were too hastily put together. They claim this has left the film with a feeling similar to listening to a top 40 by a favorite band.
Others claim that the film is purposefully left without emotion allowing those watching the film to project their own emotions onto the characters on the screen. One thing that is missing in this film is any controversy like those seen with The Passion of the Christ almost a decade ago. This film presenting the birth, life, and death of Christ is just the first in a series of Christian films to be released this year.
Next out should be the movie Noah by Paramount studios. In an agreement released on Friday February 28, 2014, Paramount has agreed to put a statement on all promotional material for Noah reading,
“The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe this story is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The Biblical story of Noah can be found in the Book of Genesis.”
The film is scheduled for release on March 28.
Also scheduled for release this year is Heaven is For Real based on the popular book. This movie is scheduled for release on April 16, 2014. In addition, scheduled for release this year is Exodus on December 12, 2014.