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The Body 2001

3.8 out of 5 stars (46) IMDb 5.3/10

Behind a simple hardware store, an archaeologist has discovered an ancient skeleton. Coloration of the bones indicates that the cause of death was crucifixion. A gold coin bearing the mark of Pontius Pilate indicated that this could be the body of Jesus. Antonio Banderas stars as a Jesuit priest whom together with the archaeologist, risks his life to seek the truth.

Starring:
Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Jonas McCord
Starring Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams
Studio AvalancheFilms
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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In this entertaining thriller, a skeleton is discovered when a shop-owner decides to build a basement. An archeologist is called in and thinks she might have discovered something that could profoundly affect Christianity as we know it.
The plot itself is an interesting one, and the execution is quite skillfull. For me, what this story really means to bring out is that the foundations on which the Vatican has built its sphere of influence are fragile. Those who do not wish to see another side to the Church and its interpretation of faith and religion should not watch this movie, for it hints that in order to protect its position, the Church would be willing to destroy that very thing it claims to protect. Sometimes, the sacrifice does not justify the result.
The really impressive thing about this film is the way in which the underlying tensions are made clear when findings of religious importance turn up in an area that is at the very heart of many faiths. The different conclusions drawn by the various groups and the way in which they go about protecting their interests offers an insight into why world peace is still a long way off.
All in all, I found this film thought-provoking and entertaining and I would recommend watching it, especially because it offers a good basis for an evening of philosophical debate.
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I'm glad I ignored the negative reviews and decided to buy this DVD. Briefly, Antonio Banderas plays the Reverend Matt Gutierrez, who is sent by the Vatican to investigate human remains, which have been discovered in an ancient tomb during construction work in Jerusalem. An analysis carried out by the Israeli archaeologist, Sharon (Olivia Williams), suggests they could be the remains of Jesus Christ. The implications are unthinkable, and tensions rapidly begin to mount not only between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but also the Christian community, as scientific research gets under way. Both Sharon and Matt rapidly find themselves in increasing danger as Sharon gets closer to proving the relevance of her discovery. What I find most interesting, and disturbing, is the position of the Vatican in the midst of all this and the lengths it is prepared to go to in order to protect itself; even if it means covering up the Truth and destroying the very body of Christ. As a result, Matt Gutierrez is forced to question both his faith and also the Church. So, if you enjoy watching films about archaeological digs, relics, religion, the Middle Eastern conflict and conspiracy, this could be the film for you.
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By Call me Al TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 May 2016
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Set in modern day Jerusalem this is an intriguing film which explores the potential threat posed by science to organised religion and the inner conflict which may occur in individuals when fact appears to challenge faith. The discovery by Olivia William’s Israeli archaeologist of the bones of body entombed underground in the city’s old quarter causes quite a stir when the also unearths evidence suggesting evidence of crucifixion at the time of Pontius Pilate. The focus of the film is Antonio Banderas’s Jesuit Father, sent by the Vatican to investigate the worrying assertions that the bones might indeed be those of Jesus Christ, but finding himself torn between his duty to the Catholic Church and a disturbing truth gradually revealed through scientific analysis. There is an authentic feel to the movie with the cinematography convincing that the narrative takes place in Jerusalem while the political motivations and machinations of the Israeli, Palestinian and Vatican characters certainly ring true. Although the tone of the movie is variable (ranging from philosophical and religious discussions to a gun battle), the dialogue at times clunky and the pacing pedestrian there is still much to engage with. However, this is probably a film to rent or record and watch on television rather than purchase.
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A surprisingly well-accomplished psychological exploration of religious belief, and what might happen if it turned out that the 'son of god' was still buried in a tomb and not risen after all. How would the world's major religions react to this? How would it affect the personal beliefs of deeply religious people? How might it affect the perilous politics of the Middle East?
We expected something along the lines of the Da Vinci Code, but in fact The Body is much more thoughtful. It does have an action/adventure angle, and there's several strands of political conspiracy. But the key is the relationship between the not-particularly religious (female) archaeologist, and the devout Vatican investigator. The suspense builds with every new piece of analysis of a 2000-year-old corpse, with global conflicts played out in a personal setting.
Very effective. Gets a wee bit daft with the all-action ending, but makes up for it with a sneaky, effective epilogue.
Not a big budget billboard flick, but better than expected.
7/10
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Wonderful film.What would happen IF--------?. The very basic story of some bones found in a tomb around the time of Jesus' burial and all the signs and events seemingly fitting together.Could this be possible? Middle East tension and politics. I found the acting very good and, I have watched it a few times.[What a waste if Sr Banderas was a priest!!!!] .I thought the music was so ,very calm and soothing---but beautiful.
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