A Roman tribune is given the job of keeping the Jews under control during and after the Crucifixion, then finding the missing body, and of course he comes to believe that Christ is the Messiah.
And it stars Joseph Fiennes, whom I consider to be serious eye-candy.
And…this was actually pretty good. Fiennes is serious; he has a job to do and he is doing it, and trying not to let the supernatural get in the way until he can’t deny it any longer. He comes slowly around to his new fellowship with the people he’s supposed to be rounding up, and his change of heart is believeable.
The settings, costumes and soldier-stuff is also very good; they really did try to make this look as authentic as possible. It’s a little ponderous, because you just can’t be flippant about the Crucifixion…well, okay, Monty Python can, but nobody else.
So this was surprisingly not cheesy. It’s a little slow, and takes itself a little seriously, but it’s not at all bad.
And it’s nice to see that Joseph Fiennes is still good eye-candy. Whew.