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Magnificent and Thought Provoking,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Body [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is quite a magnificent motion picture of great contrasts. It posits that a body could be found in Jerusalem in a tomb nearly 2000 years old-- a body which bears the markings of crucifixion. Is this Christ, and the end of Christianity? The answer is left to an unlikely pair, a beautiful Jewish archeologist and a Jesuit priest dispatched by the Vatican to keep things under control. Swirling around them are the ancient eddys of Jerusalem-- Orthodox Jews, the government, radical Muslims and of course, the Church, all with an interest, and an agenda.
Set in the beautiful Holy City, cinematography is vivid and real and immediate. We are taken about the city as this story unfolds, and the main characters go about their quest, tossing it up at times in fiery misunderstanding and finally forging an alliance for truth.
Antonio Banderas as Father Matt Gutierrez exquisitely portrays a brave man of simple faith dedicated to his task. This is a deep and sensitive performance, stunning in its restraint, strong and true to its torn character.
Olivia Williams, beautifully portrays the scientist challenging him to think as a scientist. She is utterly believeable. But she is no more successful with him than he with her in his efforts to think with her heart.
Yet mind and heart come together as they subtly build their trust and face the maelstrom which confronts them. But the viewer will not want to be told more.
The supporting cast was quite excellent-- there were no missteps in these choices.
A challenging film to the faith of the viewer, and a magnificent lesson on dealing with the crisis of the millenium, both good and bad.
A challenge to the mind after viewing, as this viewer has rolled thoughts and precepts around and around. And a call to prayer at the same time.
This is a must-see movie.