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|The Final Inquiry|
Actors: Daniele Liotti, Dolph Lundgren, Mónica Cruz, Hristo Shopov, Christo Jivkov
Director: Giulio Base
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: PG13 Release Date: 19-FEB-2008 Media Type: DVD
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Eric B. from ORLANDO, FL
Reviewed on 9/25/2010...
This is the WORST movie i've EVER purchased. The amount of time this film gave to the supposed purpose - a 1st century investigative inquiry into the Resurrection - was little to none. It turned out to be more about Penelope Cruz's little sister and her love life than Christ(some scenes were a bit racy for a film supposed to be about Jesus).
I wanted my money back, but of course NO Refunds at the Christian bookstore where i purchased it.
Thank GOD for SWAP-A-DVD.com!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Well made movie aimed mostly to Christian viewers
NoWireHangers | Sweden | 02/16/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"After mysterious events following the crucifixion of Jesus, Roman emperor Tiberius (Max von Sydow) sends Tito Valerio Tauro (Daniele Lotti) to investigate the supposed resurrection of Jesus. He doesn't get much cooperation from Pontius Pilate (Hristo Shopov, who also played Pilate in "The Passion of the Christ"). He comes in contact with some of Jesus's followers and notice how faithful and peaceful they are.
The movie is well filmed (except for a few rather bad battle and fight sequences) and has a good cast. Dolph Lundgren plays Tauro's assistant/bodyguard. It is nice to see him in a different type of role but his character is a bit underdeveloped. Only towards the end of the movie do we get to know him slightly better. It would have been nice to see more of the interaction between him and Tauro throughout the movie. Vincenzo Bocciarelli, whom I've never heard of before, plays a gorgeous (and somewhat campy) Caligula and manages to steal his scenes from Max von Sydow. F. Murray Abraham also appears in a minor character.
The movie has a clear pro-Christian message and your appreciation of the movie will depend on your religious views. Personally I found the message in the ending to be a bit overstated (albeit expected). Recommended to fans of the stars, Christian viewers and fans of historical movies set in Jerusalem or the Roman Empire in general."
A run-of-the-mill Biblical story with some highlights
z hayes | TX | 03/09/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"'The Final Inquiry" is an Italian film that was made in English, but got dubbed over again [to cover the accents I presume] and is set during the Roman Empire, circa 33 AD. A series of earthquakes on a particular day that is felt around the world sets the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar [Max Von Sydow] to command one of his tribunes Titus Valerius Taurus [Daniel Loggia] to go to Jerusalem, where the Emperor believes the crucifixion of a certain Jesus from the province of Judea and the resurrection rumors surrounding him is reponsible for the events.
Tribune Titus goes off to Jerusalem with a slave captured in fighting, a germanic warrior Brixas [Dolph Lundgren] and they encounter a group of people called the Nazarenes, who carry on the teachings of Jesus, in spite of persecution. They also meet Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who finds Titus' inquiry into the whereabouts of Jesus' body a threat to his authority.
Besides the search for answers as to how Jesus died, and what happened to his body afterwards, and the greater question of whether he was truly resurrected [Pilate and the Pharisees go to great lengths to try and disprove the resurrection theory], the other main plot centers around the romance that develops between Titus and a Nazarene, Tabitha and their love story holds the film together. Their chemistry is palbable [yes, its a Biblical story, yet the interplay of dialogue and emotion between these two is credibly done]. Titus finds himself drawn, despite his skepticism, to the noble manner in which the Nazarenes carry themselves, and a tragedy followed by a miracle causes him to question his own lack of faith.
Though this is not "The Greatest Story Ever Told", it is a decently-made Biblical movie. The sets are quite convincing [I think the movie itself was shot in Tunisia] and the acting, though far from great, is credible. Dolph Lundgren as the slave warrior is quite convincing in his role, and the actors portraying Titus and Tabitha are credible too, as is the actor playing Pontius Pilate [who also portrayed pilate in The Passion of Christ]. For a hammy performance, look out for the actor portraying Caligula.
Final verdict - a pleasantly watchable Biblical movie, but if your expectations are high, you may want to skip this one."
Dolph Lungren steals the show!!
Shiloh Kremer | 02/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Final Inquiry was released in 2006 in Italy. It is only recently being released in the U.S. The cast, which includes Hristo Shopov as Pontius Pilate, Daniele Lioti as Tito Valerio (Lungren's master) Monica Cruz as Tabitha, and Vincenzo Bocciarelli as Caligola is convincing and very interesting to watch. However, Dolph Lungren (Brixos) once again steals the spotlight as a Hun turned into a Roman slave after he is captured.
The movie begins when an earthquake and solar eclips occur at the same time. Tito Valerio (Romes greatest general) is sent to investigate a possibe ressurection of Jesus Christ.
Dolph is 50 (at the time of this review in 2008). He still has youthful looks with a cut and muscular physique. His massive frame makes him the perfect candidate for the role of Brixos. It is refresshing to see Lungren explore different types of acting roles with different types of images.
Don't miss this movie!! The cast is great, the script is great, and my man Dolph Lungren is amazing!! I rate this movie with 5 stars!!"