The New Ben-Hur Is an Ancient and Modern Mess

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Voice-Over | 0 comments

Other episodes of the new Ben-Hur, as well as of Risen, another (and considerably better) Rome-in-the-Mideast movie that had a brief run in theaters this February, strongly evoke the role that American troops have had to play in the past 15 years. In both films, Roman officers are seen interrogating suspected guerillas, recruiting informers, and (in the case of Risen at least) going undercover to gain information. The religious opposition to their army of occupation is, of course, Jewish and/or Christian, not Muslim, but one form of fanatical monotheism, from the perspective of the Romans at least, must have looked much like another.

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