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Jim Caviezel’s ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’ Worth a Serious Look

Biblical epic is soon hitting home video — the star promised LifeZette the film was as powerful as 'The Passion'

It’s been a good year for right-leaning movie lovers (and we’re only halfway through 2018). A surprising number of well-made faith-friendly movies as well as right-leaning pieces of cinema have been released.

For films friendly to conservative beliefs, looks no further than Eli Roth’s pro-Second Amendment “Death Wish,” starring Bruce Willis.

There’s also Clint Eastwood’s patriotic and politically incorrect “The 15:17 to Paris” and the pro-military “12 Strong.”

For faith-based content, offerings include “Forever My Girl,” “The Miracle Season,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “Samson,” “God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness,” and “Paul, Apostle of Christ.” As for the latter film, star Jim Caviezel promised LifeZette it was as powerful as Mel Gibson’s highly successful and influential “The Passion of the Christ.”

“Your heart will feel great joy, and you will cry,” he said of the movie.

Audiences seemed to agree with Caviezel’s strong promises. The film scored an 87 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earned $17.6 million (with a production budget of only $5 million) at the box office — despite major competition from the sleeper hit “I Can Only Imagine.”

“Paul, Apostle of Christ” is a rare religious period drama made with real skill. It’s anchored by emotionally gripping performances from both Caviezel (who plays Luke) and James Faulkner (Paul).

The story is about Paul, who starts out as one of the greatest enemies and persecutors of Christians and becomes one of its strongest allies and protectors.

Related: It Is Your Patriotic Duty to See the New ‘Death Wish’

The journey is a unique one and definitely relevant to today’s divisive culture, in which folks draw lines in the sand and refuse to accept each other’s opinions or even talk about things on which they don’t see eye to eye.

Said Caviezel of the film’s message, “It’s really easy to love people who think like you think. It is a very arduous task to treat someone who has polar-opposite views with the same dignity and respect with which you would treat a friend.”

“Paul, Apostle of Christ” is available on video on demand right now (and home video next week).

PopZette editor Zachary Leeman can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter.

(photo credit, homepage and article images: Affirm Films)

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PopZette editor Zachary Leeman can be reached at [email protected].