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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…
Forgive them, Father. They know not what they do.
This film has been hanging over my head for the longest time. I've always had a desire to see it, just to see how violent it really does get. I wish I could go back in time and strangle that little jerk who put that thought into my head. Or just slap Mel Gibson for making this film (and some other things). It's not the many biblical inconsistencies that really even bother me about the film. Sure, I can forget that Simon was more willing to carry Jesus' cross than this film says. Sure, I can forget the gratuitous use of slow motion. What I can't forgive, is the constant unflinching…
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 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…
I haven't been this disappointed since Braveheart
I got free tickets to see this film. I am glad I didn't pay for it. There were people that brought their small children. WTF? I liked that it spared no one from the gruesome death this man had to endure due to jealous hatred and misunderstanding. But to capitalize on this event was kind of a sick and twisted way to honor him. One thing I thought was, the irony here is that the Jewish people thought this would degrade and humiliate the man, instead it only made his beauty and perfection more powerful than they could ever have imagined. When I hang on my own personal cross I will remember this.
Not a movie so much as a spiritual meditation. The plot is lifted straight out of scripture. This isn't a problem for me, but I get the feeling that any non-catholic who watched this wouldn't be impacted like I was when i watched this. I think theres some great acting and production choices, but this movie is definitely an acquired taste.
Christvs Regnat, Christvs Imperat!
Tremenda. Te deja la mente como un puto ecce homo.
Mel Gibson, I don't want to watch your Bdsm based personal porno ok, btw your gimmick of your actors speaking an ancient language is not original at all, Derek Jarman and Paul Humfress did it first in their Latin Language Film Sebastiane
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
As a non-believer, I watched this film mainly out of curiosity (and because it was ending its run on Netflix here in Canada)
How much of this movie is accurate to what happens in the Bible, I do not know seeing as how I have never read or looked into detail at the story of the crucifixion. I will judge this movie as a movie, without any religious prejudice
Mel Gibson's film is incredibly hard to watch at times. He puts a lot of focus on the violence, maybe a bit too much in my opinion (then again, I'm not a believer. Perhaps the violence is a lot more impacting for someone who practices the faith). It's still very unsettling…
What I Learned:
Without intimate knowledge and understanding of the Word you won't get a lot out of this film
In the Bible, Jesus doesn't fall while carrying the cross. In the classic Stations of the Cross, Jesus falls thrice (each having a separate station). In Givson's film, Jesus is all *stumble stumble fall*. I think he falls like 6 or 7 times.
That is to say The Passion of the Christ is an excess. Satanic children chasing down Judas, crows plucking out eyes, blood spurts...once the people in the movie finally get around to condemning him, Gibson really lays into the tortureporn aspect of the Passion, while also indulging in immediate vengeance during a section where we shouldn't be focusing on that at all. No, crows aren't very Passion-y. Neither are a bunch of Satans everywhere. Talk about paranoia…
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