The soon to be released epic period adventure, Ben-Hur is an adaptation of a famous fictional novel by Lew Wallace about a first century wealthy Jew, Judah Ben-Hur, and his pursuit of revenge against an adopted Roman brother who betrays his family. It takes place in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus’ ministry, so it brings a moving clash of worldviews between that of power and empire versus love and faith. And Jesus shows up.
Ben-Hur is a movie that is what Christians have been asking for. A real Hollywood epic with a legitimate Christian worldview. It has some fantastic action sequences that rival anything in recent blockbusters, and in ways far more human and interesting than most of those gluttonous orgies of overspent excessive CGI comic book world destructions. Ben-Hur is more like Saving Private Ryan and better for it.
It’s a timely movie dealing with forgiveness in a world of violence, hatred and oppression against Biblical faith. Not unlike today.
Thank you, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. And thank you, Paramount for considering the Christian audience with respect. I hope your box office supports your decision.
I can’t tell you about it until review time, so keep on the lookout here at the blog. Sign up to receive email updates.