Evelyn Y. from ABILENE, TX Reviewed on 11/28/2021...
I wanted to like this more, but it just lacked something. I didnâ€™t mind seeing it, but probably wonâ€™t watch again.
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!!"
I really wanted to like this film
Gary D. Hall | camden, AR United States | 03/14/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I saw a film a couple of years ago with the same premise. Not being made by Christians it was less than fulfilling spiritually. While this film was made from a genuine Christian slant, the production elements were less than satisfactory. This is like a second-rate THE ROBE. In fact there are many similarities from a Roman Tribune looking for truth to his trusty sidekick and Peter healing a woman. Of course that film had Richard Burton...this one doesn't. I couldn't believe F. Murray Abraham's performance. This guy won an Oscar?!!? And Dolph Lundgren...who knows? His dialogue was so stilted, I started longing for the atrocious dialogue of the lastest STAR WARS movies, but that isn't really his fault. And I had to put my foot down with the Caligula homage to GLADIATOR. First of all we never hear about Caligula until the very end and he comes in looking like an actor from a Silent Film...blaring eyes and overdone body movements...reminded me of Gloria Swanson in SUNSET BLVD. I will say this. The costumes were spectacular. And I really liked the flashbacks with Jesus. And I also liked the guy playing Peter. I've never seen him played just that way and I really liked it. I also liked the tying together of Saul and Stephen. Very nice idea. This was a good idea for a film but like most Christian films, it falls short of the mark. It's a shame because I personally think films about God deserve the VERY BEST. Maybe someday Hollywood will catch on. Hey Hollywood, there's plenty of Christians that will see these movies if you make them right or didn't you hear about the millions PASSION OF THE CHRIST made. I know you're all about money and frankly we're willing to part with it...we just want some quality with our spirituality. Not too much to ask, is it?"
Fear the Roman fax machines!
TrezKu13 | Norfolk, VA | 05/25/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
""The Final Inquiry" opens with the crucifixion of Jesus, followed by the earthquake. This is apparently felt around the world, not only by the emperor but even in Germany, where our hero, a Roman tribune named Tito, is fighting Germanic tribesmen. He picks up one named Brixos (Dolph Lundgren) as a servant, then is told that the emperor wants to see him. Arriving at Emperor Tiberius' island home, we're told that the emperor is curious about the earthquake, and has a report that a man named Jesus was crucified on the same day it happened. He wants Tito to head to Judea and find out about this Jesus guy.
OK, a few things here. First, I find it hard to believe that in 33 AD there would have been a record of the crucifixion of a local criminal in an outskirt of the empire right there in the city of Rome's records, all within a few days AFTER it happened. Don't get me wrong, the Romans were pretty advanced, but among their many inventions fax machines were not one. I was also confused as to why the emperor was so interested in Jesus, when there's no real connection discerned between His execution and the earthquake (at least from the Roman perspective). It's later revealed that the emperor is interested in the possibility of being resurrected, but I still don't buy it. I'm guessing, since Max von Sydow plays Tiberius, that Max just wanted to know how Fabrizio Bucci did playing a role he had played decades ago.
In script-writing classes they teach you about a thing called "suspension of disbelief". This is that point in the movie where you convince your audience to believe the plot (for example, Number Five becoming a conscious robot after getting struck by lightning in "Short Circuit"). This movie fails in the suspension of disbelief, and thus just a mere 10-15 minutes in you will find yourself going, "Huh?"
So any way, Tito and Brixos head to Jerusalem incognito, and while meeting a contact they get ambushed by Jewish rebels. They manage to fight them off, then run away from a patrolling Roman unit - you know, the people who would be on their side. While running from his own people, Tito bumps into Tabitha (the same one from Acts) while she's being harassed by a drunkard. Tito scares the man away, then falls head over heels for Tabitha (no reason given except, you know, they're the leading roles and have to fall in love). He then - get this - tells this girl he's just met HIS FULL REAL NAME, and the fact he's A ROMAN. As she walks away she turns and SHOUTS HIS FULL NAME OUT IN THE OPEN!
Ladies and gentlemen, the worst spy in the history of the world.
The rest of the movie follows Tito and Brixos as they investigate the disappearance of Jesus and the possibility of the resurrection. They deal with the supposed cover-up by Jewish and Roman authorities, and watch as the apostle Stephen is killed. Paul makes an appearance, and I thought they would do more with him, but ultimately his appearance is just fanservice to Christians. You know how Chewbacca was pretty much only in Episode III so Star Wars fans could say, "Hey, that's Chewbacca!" Well, Paul's pretty much in here just so Christians can say, "Hey! That's Paul!" (for the record, I myself am Christian, and don't mean any of this in sarcasm against them - I think I just spared myself a lot of comments by clearing that up)
A love story evolves between Tito and Tabitha, and when Tabitha is caned to death by her father (F Murray Abraham...what the heck is he doing in this movie?) Tito runs to Peter to ask him for help. Peter doesn't want to (wow, so much for "feed my sheep"!) so Tito has to guilt trip him into doing it. Peter relents and heals Tabitha, and Tito has his "born again" moment, becoming a Christian.
One of the last sequences of the movie is with Tiberius back on his island, reading the letter from Tito. Tito confirms the resurrection of Jesus, so Tiberius tells his aides - I'm not making this up - that he's making Christianity the official religion of the empire. WHAT?! I don't claim to be an expert on Roman history, but I think I lost a few brain cells watching this scene. Actually I lost more a few seconds later when Tiberius' nephew Caligula smothers him to death and declares himself emperor, burning Tiberius' order regarding Christianity. I guess the fax machine broke and Tiberius couldn't have sent it quicker.
"The Final Inquiry" could have been like "The Robe" or even "Quo Vadis", in that it focuses on the early followers of Jesus rather than the life of Jesus Himself. Unfortunately, it's marred by a bad script with cheesy scenes and cliche character development (the born-again moment, two enemies becoming friends before one of them dies, etc). Even the fight sequences (yes, a Jesus movie with fight sequences involving death - I was reminded of that scene in "Dead Alive" where the priest jumps into a pack of zombies and declares, "I kick a** for the Lord!") don't do much to save it. The sole redeeming value of this film was the soundtrack by Andrea Morricone, which is admittedly very splendid. I wouldn't suggest viewing this, though. Unless, of course, you want to see Paul kick Stephen for five minutes straight."