40: The Temptation of Christ

1 h 38 min20207+
Jesus Christ, The Son of God, embarks on a 40 day self-imposed exile to prepare for His earthly mission to save humanity by dying on the cross to atone for the sins of the world. Satan tempts Christ to sin and abandon His mission.
Douglas James Vail
Shayan ArdalanSabastian NeudeckCazzey Louis Cereghino
English [CC]
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fresh look at the temptation in the wilderness.
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I say fresh look. Not revisionist. There's nothing here trying to undo what the Bible states. It only tries to make the temptations more understandable for us--that Jesus could have really been tempted. That's a difficult thing to imagine as a believer. It's easier to imagine Jesus' divinity and not so much his humanity and ability to be tempted.

This is a low budget film that doesn't "feel" low budget. The dialogue and acting is excellent. The cinematography is wonderful. This is More of a contemplative film. I watched it a little at a time so I could absorb the point they were trying to make. I originally rented it but chose to buy it when the rental time ran out. I plan on sharing it with my family.

As an aside, the guy who played Joseph was fantastic I thought. Very manly. Very human. Very loving. The actor playing Jesus was particularly good when confronting satan with determination. The boy Jesus was great too--started out seeming to be a little boring but came through delivering the lines well. None of these actors are who I would have originally picked but really enjoyed their way of portraying these people and I really appreciate what they have done.
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JTReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2020
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A must see, a must to study, a must to emulate!
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Not ripped from the Gospels, but that is not this film's goal. This film is a meditative and thoughtful dwelling on the events that took place when Jesus went into the desert areas in order to escape civilization and further humble his body to draw closer to His Heavenly Father, God. This film always could have been a pertinent and timely film to view, but today's fallen world makes it even more timely and important to view. Because our world today is so heavily driven by demonic forces, we as followers of The Christ must follow His example and humble our bodies in order to heighten our spirit. In order to know God, we must draw nearer to Him and we in the physical can only do this via sincere prayer and fasting. This film provides an excellent example of how our Christ accomplished this. We must do as The Christ did!
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Just wonderful.
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Gave this a shot. Glad I did. Both of the actors did a great job. Satan was.......evil. Portrayed beautifully. I just sat and took it all in. Jesus suffered greatly for us. Highly recommended.
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Angela ModenaReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2020
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Feels like you are standing right next to Jesus
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As i started watching this movie, I became captured! As Jesus was speaking to the devil i started to feel i was standing right next to Jesus in the film. Listening carefully on the conversations they were having. I highly recommend this film!
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Dave LuebbertReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Very Strange
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First I will credit what I saw as positives: The desert and environment seemed authentic, and the costumery. The photography was good, probably too good for the redundancy of the story that seemed to have been spread out into an hour and a half, but could have easily been told in 10 minutes. The music seemed to be constantly on a loop for that hour and a half. I found myself humming along with it as by the end of the film I knew the melody by heart, and though it was nicely done, it sounded like many other modern soundtracks that accompany stories about Christ. I liked the looks of Christ and Satan as far as casting, but I have major conflicts with the ages of Mary and Joseph.

For those who follow modern Roman Catholic/Protestant innovations, then yes, the "Holy Family" is recreated as in this film to appear more like the typical American family...the dad goes off to work, comes home, kisses the wife, deals with the kid, has a meal and goes to bed...much like ourselves. But for those who recall the original Holy Family that was recorded from the beginning of Christian tradition, Joseph was elderly, and his job was to protect Mary and Jesus' secret about Christ's mission of destroying death in Hades from Satan. Ancient Christian tradition tells us that Joseph had already raised a family of children (none seen or talked about in this movie): Judas, Justus, James, Simon, Esther, Martha, and Salome, and they were grown and had children of their own too, (described as "brothers" of Jesus in the Bible) including James and John, "Sons of Thunder" whose mother was Salome. And if Joseph was "righteous" as stated in the gospel, and very old and out of child-bearing age, why would he want to desecrate the sacred womb that held God Himself in it to have more children with Mary? Again, Joseph was there to protect Mary and Jesus, not to start another family with them.

So according to Christian tradition that held until the last couple centuries, Joseph was probably in his 70's or 80's, or at the least in his 60's. This Joseph looked more like a youthful Larry the Cable Guy with dark hair, and he sounded very American in speech and accent too. Some may like that. It was too different for me and my wife, very strange.

The age of Mary is also an issue with me. Again, going back to original Christian tradition, Mary was given over to the temple in Jerusalem by elderly parents (as recorded in the Bible), Joachim and Anna, who when praying for an end to their childlessness, vowed that if a child were born to them, they would dedicate it to the service of God. Mary was then given over to the High Priest at the temple at three years old. After all, knowing they would not be around long to raise Mary as elderly parents, it makes sense that they would do so. Mary was raised there for about 10 years by and with other young maidens, until becoming marrying age, which at that time was done at a youthful teenage year. When the young Jesus seen in this movie is addressed as a "12 year old", which he would have had to have been after the incident of Joseph and Mary finding him in the temple teaching, my wife and I both agreed that this child looked no more than seven or eight. The problem was, why did Mary look like she was in her 40's, noticing the drooping skin on her neck and lines in her face? Mary should have looked like a very young woman, and Joseph should have looked like Jesus' grandfather instead of an energetic, virile looking dad.

Of course, those who make movies about Christ in recent times probably only know what they know from modern Christian innovations and/or the Bible or Facebook posts about who they think Jesus it, and because they have lost all the fulfillment of ancient traditions and knowledge and do not even go to churches anymore, they try to replace that void with what the Roman Catholics and Protestants call the "Biblical search for the truth about Christ". But if God IS Truth itself, and Christ, the Son of God, also Truth itself who manifested Himself in his FULLNESS as both human and divine, then we have already been given the "Truth" in its entirety, in body, mind and soul, right here on our earth, and the apostles gave us a blueprint on how Christ instructed us to live as that fullness of truth. Those instructions are still preserved in the ancient faith traditions of Christianity but most modernized, American Christians know nothing about it, as they have been turned off by what they assume ancient "tradition" is by the well known innovations, liberties, abuses, logic-reasoning and carnality of Roman Catholicism and the resulting never-ending Protestant corrections and reinventions. True ancient-preserved Christians not only preach or just talk about the Bible, but they still LIVE it and experience it through their traditions (The Holy Spirit) held firm from Pentecost.

This movie has some redeeming qualities, but I think could have been 10 minutes long and I would have been satisfied with what few ideas it explored. Using Mary and Joseph as representatives of Satan was also a very strange and dangerous idea in my opinion. Perhaps there was only enough money to pay a half dozen actors. Do not get me started on the modern version of the cute "little girl angel" which also in Christian tradition is a load of you know what, but the Americanized, Roman-Catholic-Protestant-ized, watered-down version of Christianity is what it is. I am thankful that the world is not entirely pagan so far and that there are a good selection of other recent Christ-centered films to watch to help me get over this one, like Risen, the modern version of Ben Hur, and my favorite, the TV miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth". In the end they are all just movies, and the "Real Thing" sits at the right hand of the Father. Look Him up.
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Tracy A MintonReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good enough, not the best
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I appreciate the theme of this movie, as I've not seen another that focused on His 40 days in the desert. I did read another reviewer who thought it out of sync w/ scripture that Jesus seemed more weak and vulnerable than maybe is written in the Bible. I personally found that to be the most interesting part of the movie. It showed that He, as Son of man ~ like we all ~ deal w/ the ongoing temptations ~ whether of Satan (the adversary), our own ego, or all the enticements of the fallen state. Especially found the various 'players' used by Satan to be an interesting angle.

I did enjoy hearing Jesus speaking scripture in the desert.

What I didn't like was the flashbacks. I appreciate the idea of flashing back to His childhood. I thought the casting, script, and acting in those scenes to be very lackluster, and unrealistic. It took away from the movie for me. Young Jesus didn't look like older Jesus either.

(As a side note, for those interested, look up (if it is still avail. on search engines) the descriptions by Pontius Pilate and others of His day had to say in letters that were written about Jesus' appearance and demeanor. Most modern movies with Jesus do not match the (alleged) descriptions of the Romans and others of His day.)

It was interesting enough. I took something away from it, but I enjoyed Risen much more.
ChrisTeemReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth Watching
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I'm about 40 minutes into it. I'm most certainly not an expert, but it appears wildly inaccurate. I had no idea Jesus's earthly father was an ex-Navy Seal. Also didn't realize Jesus was Greek. Anyway, other than some of these things, it is good. I love everything Jesus and appreciate these people for trying. If someone wants to make $100M they need to make a movie like this, but accurate and a bit longer. I'll buy it. All in all, I did buy it and will watch it again.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The love he gave us
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I recommend this movie to anybody that's lost let's not forget Jesus died for us so that we may be saved amen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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