Thank you to FishFlix for providing a copy of 40 Nights: Faith V Fear DVD for review. FishFlix provides Christian Movies, from the new movie Risen to classics like the Ten Commandments and others.
Description: An exciting Biblical drama, 40 Nights takes a look
at the life of Jesus spanning from his baptism by John the Baptist, His
early ministry, and then leading into his 40 day fast in the wilderness.
While in the wilderness, Jesus is tempted by Satan and promised great
power, wealth, and fame if he will only bow down and worship him. A tale
of epic proportions, this film version of the beginning life of the
Messiah is a powerful and intriguing film. Following the accounts of the
four gospels, this movie gives in-depth detail into the life of Jesus
and will help you understand the true story of Jesus Christ a little
Directed by Jesse Low and released in 2016, this movie was created to
bring simplicity and understanding to the life of Jesus. Over the
course of his 33-year life, he faced many trials and incredibly
difficult situations. While it's easy to think of Jesus as a perfect man
who faced no turmoils in His life, He was still a real man that had to
face many of the same problems that all humans face today. He was
tempted, he was accused, he was wrongly punished. Although, He was
sinless, He faced trouble and difficulties everyday. 40 Nights helps to show everything Jesus endured and overcame in His life and journey to the cross.
My Thoughts: The Bible says that Jesus was tempted by sin and 40 Nights seeks to depict some of that struggle between faith and fear, realistically portraying scenes from Jesus' life before the Gospels interspersed within the story of Jesus' temptation in the desert. The movie portrays the human side of Jesus who still needed to eat and converse with others. In this film, Satan preys upon these needs as weaknesses, drawing out these scenes into longer arguments than are in the Bible.
The movie was not perfect. Much of the dialogue is taken straight from other parts of the Gospels and some of the flashbacks made is seem like Jesus was relying more on the wisdom of his earthly parents than his Heavenly Father. The talent of the actors also varied, with many giving very wooden performances, though the main actors did pretty well.
While not my favorite, 40 Nights does a good job with a subject that I believe is truly difficult to portray perfectly. If you are looking for a Christian movie showing the life of Christ as both God and man, this may be a good choice.
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