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|Original title:||The young Messiah|
|Production country:||USA 2016|
|Running time:||Ca. 112 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
The Story of Jesus Christ from the New Testament has been filmed several times for cinema. However, the childhood of the Messiah has usually been left out. Either the films were about the birth of Jesus or about his last days until the crucifixion. Bestselling author Anne Rice wrote "Jesus Christ. Return to the Holy Land" published the first fictional novel about the childhood of Jesus, which was followed by another part in 2008. Two other planned books were ultimately rejected by Rice because of the controversies they could spark. But even though the planned tetralogy has not been completed in the end, Volume 1 now receives the honor of a cinema adaptation. And at the end of the credits at the latest, one wishes that "The Young Messiah" as well as Volumes 3 and 4 of the series had been completed during the planning phase.
The story is - at least for the target audience - not uninteresting. It tells the story of the seven-year-old Jesus (Adam Greaves-Neal) who lives with his parents Maria (Sara Lazzaro) and Josef (Vincent Walsh) in Alexandria. This is where the small family fled from the henchmen of King Herod. They're actually safe here. But when Jesus one day brings a dead boy back to life, it is time for them to move on. When Joseph receives the dream message that King Herod has died, he decides to return to Palestine with his family. But on the way Jesus heals his seriously ill uncle before the eyes of many people - and puts himself in mortal danger again. Because the Roman Centurio Severus (Sean Bean) is attaching himself to his heels to kill the child. And while Mary, Joseph and Jesus have to flee again, the desire grows in the boy to finally find out who he really is…
The problem of "The Young Messiah" is not so much the story. This is not only interesting and exciting for believing Christians. Rather, the film fails because of the way it is told. The script can barely get anything out of the novel, gets lost in unspeakably flat dialogues and an extremely superficial character drawing. This makes the figures completely colourless and uninteresting. Director Cyrus Nowrasteh, who also co-wrote the script, also fails to get more than wooden performances out of his actors. His staging seems more like a cheap TV production with amateur actors than a big cinema epic. And that was supposed to come out of a story like that.
You always have the feeling here that the makers have tried so hard to step on no one's feet because of the religious topic, that they not only took all the corners and edges out of their film, but also flattened it so much, that in the end it just became uninspired and boring. This is really nothing for the cinema, but only for the moth box and therefore only worth seeing for the intrepid!
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