Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Steven McCarthy, Katie Boland
Director: Roger Christian
Running Time: 79 minutes
Release Date: 7 November 2016
With Christmas fast approaching Jesus and biblical films will be more present and the newest release is Joseph & Mary on DVD. I am not a religious person but when I watched this I actually enjoyed it as it is not quoting lots of scripture and preaching to the audience.
Rather than focusing on Jesus, this film is centred around Rabbi Elijah (Steven McCarthy). While trying to find peaceful solution between a man and King Herod’s tax collector, the man is murdered. Elijah swears to protect the man’s wife, Rebekah (Katie Boland) and her two sons. When King Herod hears of the birth of boy who could potentially threaten his throne and power he orders the murder of all children under 2 years old, which sees the murder of Rebekah’s father and her two boys.
Elijah and Rebekah swear to avenge the death of the children and kill the soldier responsible. After meeting the 12 year old son of Joseph (Kevin Sorbo) and Mary (Lara Jean Chorostecki) Elijah is faced with a dilemma, should he kill of forgive? If he chooses forgiveness as Joseph wants he will contradict his teachings of the scripture.
Overall, I found this to be quite enjoyable. Although it features religious figures, it is not a truly religious film and more a film of murder, revenge and forgiveness set in the time of Christ.
The film centres on Elijah who wants revenge and “an eye for eye” while Joseph is on a mission to raise a child to love and forgive others of their sins.
It will never win any awards, the acting was ok but no one was outstanding and it was an enjoyable 80 minutes (in fact I thought it could have been a bit longer).
So whether you are religious or not, it is a good story set in biblical times and worth a watch.
Available to buy from Amazon here.