EW: We’re in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus Christ. The weather is fair, the markets are open for business—and people are quoting silly moral platitudes in silly British accents. That’s a major problem with this new $100-million Ben-Hur, which aims to offer mainstream audiences, Christian and otherwise, a new reason to care about the 1880 novel. Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (Son of God, The Bible, A.D. The Bible Continues) prayed to turn their Ben-Hur into a summer blockbuster, yet in exchange for those thirty pieces of silver, the movie is stripped of virtually any daring or kink.