Religious films 2016


The Young Messiah

The Young Messiah is a religious movie that was released in 2016. The movie is about a seven-year-old boy who learns that he is the son of God. The movie follows him as he tries to understand his purpose and comes into conflict with the Roman authorities.

Plot

Seven-year-old Jesus Christ and his family return home to Nazareth after spending several years in Egypt. Although the Gospels do not mention this, the film suggests that young Jesus was aware of his divinity and attempted to share this knowledge with others, although his parents Mary and Joseph hoped to protect him from a premature crucifixion. Despite their efforts, Jesus’ preaching attracts the attention of King Herod’s soldiers, who plan to kill him.

Cast

Adam Greaves-Neal – Young Jesus
Sean Bean – Joseph
Christian McKay – Simeon
Jonathan Bailey – Peter
Lee Ingleby – Andrew

Production

It took a lot of time and effort to bring The Young Messiah to the screen. The project was in development for 4 years before filming began, and involved multiple scriptwriters, historians, and theologians to ensure that the story was accurate to the Gospels and respectful to Christian tradition.

The filmmakers also took care to create a visually stunning film, with beautiful cinematography and historical accuracy. They filmed on location in Morocco, which doubled for Palestine in the time of Jesus, and used thousands of extras to create massive crowd scenes.

The end result is a beautiful and moving film that tells the story of Jesus as a young boy, discovering his true identity and purpose.

Risen

Risen is a 2016 American epic historical drama film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is about the Resurrection of Christ and is based on a novel by Greg Kinnear. The film was released on February 19, 2016 and grossed $11 million.

Plot


Risen is a 2016 American epic biblical drama film directed by Kevin Reynolds and written by Barclayson and Paul Aiello. The film stars Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis, María Botto and Luis Callejo. It is a fictionalized account of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and follows the Biblical story as told in the Book of Matthew, but presents a more human view of Jesus than is seen in other films.

The film was released on February 19, 2016 in 2D and 3D by Sony Pictures Releasing under its Affirm Films label.

Cast

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Chris Rosenberg Marley Shelton as Laurie Saunders Giulio Capardo as Young Chris Rosenberg Emily Deschanel as Young Laurie Saunders Kate Micucci as Gwen Saunders Michael Caine as Peter Jordan Dennis Quaid as Jack Rosenberg

Production


Risen is a 2016 American historical drama film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The screenplay by Paul Aiello is based on the 2010 novel Potiphar’s Wife by Jill Eileen Smith. It stars Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, and Cliff Curtis.

The film was released in North America on February 26, 2016 and received generally negative reviews from critics.

Miracles from Heaven

The year 2016 has been a big one for religious films. We have seen films like Gods Not Dead 2, Risen, and now Miracles from Heaven. This film is based on the true story of a young girl named Anna who falls into a coma and starts having visions of heaven.

Plot

The story follows the Beam family in Burleson, Texas. Anna ( Kylie Rogers) is a 10-year-old girl who suffers from a rare, incurable disease involving chronic abdominal pain and vomiting. She endures endless medical treatments and numerous hospitalizations, seeking a cure. With her family’s faith being tested, they find themselves at their breaking point when doctors tell them that Anna’s only hope is a risky surgery that could mean her death. Just when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, she mysteriously falls from her tree house and is rushed to the hospital with severe injuries. Miraculously, after surviving the fall and surgery, Anna wakes up completely healed from her previously incurable disease.

Cast

Jennifer Garner as Christy Beam Martin Henderson as Kevin Beam John Carroll Lynch as Wesley Boggs Kylie Rogers as Anna Beam Courtney Fansler as Adelynn Turner Brighton Sharbinoas Abbie Beam Roma Downey as Angela Queen Latifah as Vonetta Eugenio Derbezas Pedro

Production


Miracles from Heaven is a 2016 American Christian drama film directed by Patricia Riggen and written by Randy Brown. The film stars Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, Eugenio Derbez and Queen Latifah. Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Christy Beam, the film chronicles the true story of her young daughter Annabel Beam (played by Kylie Rogers), who was diagnosed with a rare incurable digestive disorder and had a miraculous recovery following a freak accident.

Principal photography began in Atlanta, Georgia in July 2015. The film was released in theaters on March 18, 2016 by Columbia Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success grossing $61 million worldwide against its $13 million budget.

The Beams are a close-knit family living in Burleson, Texas: Christy is a stay-at-home mom; Kevin is a physical therapist; their eldest daughter Anna is fourteen years old and their son Abbey is eleven; and their youngest child is three-year-old Annabel, nicknamed “Annie”. While everyone in the family enjoys spending time together going fishing and hiking in the woods near their home, Annie’s favorite pastime is climbing trees. One day while playing on one of these trees, Annie falls headfirst into the hollow trunk and becomes stuck. After being rescued and taken to the hospital for examination, Annie tells her family that she saw angels and visited heaven while she was trapped in the tree.

God’s Not Dead 2

The 2016 religious film, God’s Not Dead 2, is a faith-based drama that follows high school teacher Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) as she stands up for her religious beliefs in a courtroom battle. The film also stars Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White, Ray Wise, and Robin Givens.

Plot


The film opens with a montage of news reports about the decreasing importance of God in society. This is followed by footage from a college class debate on whether God exists. The evangelical Christian student, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), argues that God does exist, despite the assertions of his atheistic professor, Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Afterwards, Radisson asks Wheaton to renounce his faith in front of the class or receive a failing grade; Wheaton refuses. The class votes and Wheaton is the only student who does not raise his hand when asked if God is dead. Radisson gives Wheaton an “F” on the spot.

The film then cuts to six months later, where we learn that several students have filed a lawsuit against Radisson and the college for discriminating against religion. The case appears before Judge ruby (Hayley Joe Osment), who has a history with Radisson. At the start of the trial, Radisson’s attorney asks him if he thinks there is such a thing as objective truth; Radisson replies that there is no such thing.

The trial progresses and eventually goes to jury deliberation, where it is revealed that one of the jurors, an agnostic named Mina (Melissa Joan Hart), has been convinced by Wheaton’s defense and finds Radisson guilty. However, the verdict is overturned on a technicality because it is revealed that Mina had read about the case beforehand and thus was not impartial.

The case is appealed to the Supreme Court, where Radisson’s team presents arguments about how requiring students to affirm belief in God violates freedom of speech. In response, Josh and his lawyers argue that freedom of speech also includes freedom from having to listen to things one disagrees with; therefore, requiring students to listen to Radisson’s atheism constitutes religious discrimination. The court ultimately rules in favor of Josh Wheaton, affirming that religious belief cannot be discriminated against in public schools.

Cast

The ensemble cast of God’s Not Dead 2 includes Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A. R. White, Ray Wise, Ernie Hudson, Robin Givens, Hayley Orrantia, and Sadie Robertson.

Production

The film was shot in Atlanta, Georgia. The film’s production budget was $5 million.

The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ is a 2016 American biblical drama film produced, written and directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It is the sequel to The Passion of the Christ (2004), which was based on the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life. The film was released in North America on February 26, 2016.

Plot


The film tells the story of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The story opens in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. He is accompanied by his disciples Peter, John and James, who fall asleep. As he prays, Jesus sweats blood. Judas arrives with a group of temple guards and betrays Jesus with a kiss. Jesus is then arrested and taken to the Sanhedrin, where he is condemned to death for blasphemy. He is flogged and mocked by Roman troops as he carries his cross through the streets. Jesus is crucified on Golgotha and dies after six hours. In the film’s final moments, Jesus’ mother Mary and disciple John weep at his empty tomb

Cast

The film depicts the story of Jesus Christ’s (Jim Caviezel) torture and crucifixion. The story opens in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. He is then betrayed by Judas Iscariot (Luca Lionello) and arrested by the Sanhedrin. Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov) who decides to hand him over to King Herod (Mattia Sbragia) in an effort to placate the crowds. Herod finds no fault in Jesus and returns him to Pilate who then reluctantly hands him over to be crucified.

Production

Filming took place in Italy, Morocco and Wales. Gibson shot the film in two versions: a version in English for North American audiences and a version in Latin and Aramaic without subtitles for international audiences. The Aramaic version is notable for being one of the only feature films ever released entirely in that language, along with Mel Gibson’s previous film The Passion of the Christ.


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