RISEN (12A) 107mins

WITH Easter almost upon us, Kevin Reynolds' biblical drama, co-written by Paul Aiello, dramatises the resurrection of Christ from the perspective of a Roman tribune, who does not believe in the existence of a Messiah.

The body of Yeshua the Nazarene (Cliff Curtis), who was recently crucified, vanishes without trace from a burial tomb, sparking wild rumours that Yeshua has risen from the dead.

Mindful that Emperor Tiberius will soon visit the region, Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) dispatches Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) and aide Lucius (Tom Felton) to locate the body and prove that Yeshua did indeed perish on the cross.

Instead, Clavius locates a man who seems to be Yeshua, alive and exceedingly well, which shakes the Roman tribune's beliefs to his core.

As murmurings of a resurrection grow louder, Pilate sends in his troops to quash the uprising.