“Once We Were Slaves” is a powerful story of redemption. The crucifixion story is told through the eyes of the two thieves imprisoned and crucified with Jesus. They see their companion Barabbas freed, but they face the ultimate price for their crimes. Yet one of the thieves, at first railing against Christ with the other thief, asks that Jesus remember him. Christ then utters the famous words, “This day you will be with me in paradise.”
We see Roman oppression in this film, and an angry Jew reacting against it. The main focus is the freedom that Christ brings with his ultimate sacrifice, and the difference he made in one thief’s life. Due to a few bloody scenes during the crucifixion, we are awarding this movie our Dove “Faith-Based” Seal. The movie features good acting, a good story, and realistic sets. It does a terrific job showing how Christ made a difference in one man’s life.