This week please welcome our new In Depth writer, Rose Trafford.

BenHur, an epic remake of the 1959 Academy Award winning film, is back with a fresh take for a new generation of viewers.  Ben-Hur in 2D will play at 7pm nightly from Friday, September 23rd to Thursday, September 29th.  You can also catch the matinee at 2pm on Monday.

Ben-Hur is a tale of two brothers and betrayal. One is a Jew, one is a Roman. One becomes a slave, the other becomes a decorated officer. While both brothers are fiercely loyal to their political and religious interests, they grow away from one another.  In the Biblical times of Ancient Rome, the characters of Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and his brother Messala (Toby Kebell) are also joined on screen by Jesus (Rodrigo Santoro) and a slave who rescues Ben-Hur, played by none other than Morgan Freeman.

If you are familiar with the story, you know that the chariot race scene is the most intense, edge-of-your-seat moment of the film! This new version does not disappoint, starting off the movie with a preview of the chariot race before flashing back to fill in the story. The main characters trained for over three months to do this epic scene, which took 45 days to shoot and used 90 horses. Possibly the most impressive part of this scene is the absence of CGI. The principal characters’ performances are all real (including being dragged in the dirt), as are all of the horses running neck to neck in front of the camera.

Ben-Hur is rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images. Although the film is done tastefully, it is also an accurate reflection of the Roman cruelty of the time. Best to let the little ones stay home for this one!