“MESSIAH,” Netflix’s new religious thriller, debuted globally on January 1, 2020, asking the question: What would it look like if Jesus were to come back today?
“He’s come out of nowhere and we don’t know who he is.”
What would it look like if Jesus were to come back today? Would we recognize him as the messiah? Or would we be skeptics, chanting for his imprisonment and death?
It’s these notions and more that Netflix explores in their new series, MESSIAH.
MESSIAH is a provocative and suspenseful geopolitical thriller that explores the power of influence and belief in the social media age.
The series pushes the boundaries of religion, testing everyone’s beliefs no matter the doctrine they profess and forces us all to examine our belief systems and what ultimately shapes them.
The series faced significant backlash ahead of its release as more than 3,500 people signed a petition condemning the series as ‘evil and anti-Islamic propaganda’.
Critics found that while it was clear that creator Michael Petroni put a lot of thought and careful consideration into the story, the plot lacked the momentum to such a serious degree that most reviews recommended skipping it altogether.