In 605 B.C. Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians and many of their best young men were taken into captivity. Daniel and his friends were among those taken to Babylon to serve the powerful King Nebuchadnezzar. Faced with imminent death, Daniel proves himself a trusted adviser and is placed among the king’s wise men. Threatened by death at every turn Daniel never ceases to serve the king until he is forced to choose between serving the king and honouring God. With his life at stake Daniel has nothing but his faith to stand between him and the lion’s den.
For those of you who know the Book of Daniel, you will be pleased to know that this film covers most the book, and sticks very closely to the Biblical account. There is some artistic licence through the film, and we actually see the story told by Daniel as he recounts the events of his life over the 70 or so years and the four different kings he served under. It features the events of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace, King Belshazzar and the writing on the wall and Daniel in the lion’s den, amongst other parts of the story.
This is a well made film and does not disappoint, it does a great job of giving a fantastic overview of the historical events which are recorded in the Biblical book of Daniel. Robert Miano who plays Daniel, is wonderful and fits the part, helping to really bring the story to life.
Overall The Book of Daniel is a thrilling historical Biblical drama that really brings the story of Daniel to life, the pages of scripture alive on the screen. The films gives a brilliant overview of the story as we are inspired and encouraged by the faith of Daniel in difficult circumstances even when facing death. Let us take hope and encouragement to stay faithful and strong and honour God in the battles we face in this world.