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The Passion of the Christ
By his wounds, we were healed.
"The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, especially on the part of the jewish community. The films languages are Arabic, Latin and Hebrew and its actors are laymen which was controversially received as well.
The Jesus Christ Chainsaw Massacre.
Not as good as the book...
The Passion of the Christ was always bound to be a project to divide audiences and despite being an atheist myself I was actually fairly interested in the idea of the film, considering I thoroughly enjoy and connect to stories that thematically relate to faith. I do not want to go into the religious aspect behind Mel Gibson's directorial debut as it's frankly lost on me, but the huge problem I have with it is that I don't for a second believe in its intentions. Judged purely as a movie I think it doesn't succeed and in many ways downright fails miserably. Describing the last days and primarily focusing on the torture and execution of Jesus Christ it is a…
I am not a Christian. If I had to describe my spirituality I would say that I'm an optimistic agnostic. I have been known to call out Christian filmmakers for making some of the worst pieces of trash of all time. One of my most used tags on letterboxd is "Christianity is the Uwe Boll of religions" because of how many horrendous Christian films have come out in recent years. That being said, I really respected this film.
I use the word respected because I got absolutely no enjoyment out of this film. It is a harrowing experience that shocked me, disturbed me, and even brought me to tears. The Passion is often called a horror film and torture porn…
Mel Gibson’s adaptation of the spiciest chapter in the popular novel entitled ‘The Holy Bible’ made somewhat of a buzz a decade ago. I am not much of a reader myself and have as such only read bits and pieces of it, but judging from what I’ve just seen I think his take was quite faithful (pun intended) to the source material. Okay joking aside, I hope I didn’t insult anybody with this jokey opener, but if so forgive me for trying to lighten the mood a little after what must be one of the most horrific films that I ever endured. I respect Mel Gibson as a film-maker; his vision is grand and his productions are epic. Just like…
I'm not sure why they spend the whole movie torturing the easter bunny... Seems a bit excessive.
This film expects you to have at least a Sunday school's knowledge of the events surrounding Jesus’ last day on this earth. I never really attended Sunday school, so I was wondering who exactly a couple of the characters were. Especially the spooky bald lady who would hang around here and there.
I don't quite know what to make of the film other than it being a potential masterpiece. I need a few more days to think it over and perhaps another viewing. The film never went too deeply into the lead character or those around him. Again, it's expected you know enough from reading the Bible. It is therefore not your average narrative movie. But the story being told…
The best part of the film? The early glimpse of adult Jesus's interaction with his mother.
The art and science of Roman torture was no joke, so I wouldn't watch and say a film that openly intends to showcase suffering as a result of that empire's notorious torture is too gruesome. One look at the face on the movie poster, and I fully expected gruesome. Besides, perhaps, the repetitive depictions of Jesus falling in slow motion, it wasn't "too much" of something about this film that gave me pause but more of a "not enough" or "not there."
Of course, Christ's suffering didn't begin here, as even being subjected to the weakness, limitations, and utter dependence of human infancy, when…
I've only seen some of the torture scene from this, so I can't say it's the worst movie but I have a feeling I'll hate it. even if I Ignore everything and think of this as just a movie. I'm not going to beat around the bush here, but as much as Mel is a fanatical Christian, I am an atheist. however I know Jim Caviezel isn't all vigilante taking care of the numbers he's a god fearing man, so I like to believe that this was at least respectful to Christians. but I would be lying if I told you that was something I gave two shits about. I'll just keep watching POI, and live my life.
Well, that's certainly a thing that exists.
I'll just take out the part where I might have said the Lord's name in vain and say The Passion of the Christ is both the most unpleasant film I've ever seen, and perhaps one of the most important.
Mel Gibson's intent with this film is clear, to express the traditional message of faith, love, hope, and forgiveness by showing the horror of Christ's suffering; therefore allowing the audience to be shocked into dread and revitalized by the Biblical message. It's a strategy that makes sense, but it works in both a positive and negative way.
From the negative perspective the violence is absolutely extreme, from detailed and appalling images of beatings, whippings, exhaustion, Christ's hands literally being nailed to…
50% of the movie is in slow-motion and 100% of the movie is a waste of time. I felt like Jesus watching this.
I really liked this telling of the Crucifixion...very gory... (own on DVD)
As cliche as it might sound, I unintentionally revisited this today. As polarizing as it might be to some, I still found it was as powerful as I remembered it to be. Although most of the attention the film draws is from its "brutality", I think the film is neatly acted and brilliantly directed. IMO, there is a lot to appreciate here, even if you're not a Christian. Certainly not flawless, but still pretty great.
(written in 2011)
A film with the subject matter of The Passion of the Christ was always going to have a degree of controversy surrounding it, anything that deals with the life and death of Jesus usually does. This is especially true when that film deviates a bit from the "safe" telling of the events, see The Last Temptation of Christ.
The controversy here was two fold, one involving the apparent "anti-semitism" of the movie and it potentially blaming the death of Jesus on the Jewish population of Judea. The second was the extreme violence of the film in the depiction of the crucifixion. As it turns out, only the second controversy was really warranted.
Make no mistake that The Passion of the…
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