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The Passion Of The Christ (DVD) Revi
ew

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Summary:
The most controversial film of 2004
, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the C
hrist was widely derided by critics
 and detractors as a two-hour anti-
Semitic pornography/horror flick, c
omplete with splattering blood and
arduous torture. But among the Chri
stian community (of which I conside
r myself a part) and open-minded pe
ople who actually saw the film, The
 Passion stands alone as the most e
loquent expression of God's love fo
r mankind ever to grace the big screen.

The Passion certa...


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The most controversial film of 2004
, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the C
hrist was widely derided by critics
 and detractors as a two-hour anti-
Semitic pornography/horror flick, c
omplete with splattering blood and
arduous torture. But among the Chri
stian community (of which I conside
r myself a part) and open-minded pe
ople who actually saw the film, The
 Passion stands alone as the most e
loquent expression of God's love fo
r mankind ever to grace the big screen.

The Passion certainly is violent, b
ut not anymore violent than similar
ly rated films of the past ten year
s. But despite contentions by some
evangelical Christians that everyon
e should see this film, I don't thi
nk young children should see it. Th
is movie is for mature audiences on
ly, and I think anyone under the ag
e of sixteen should have a full und
erstanding of the previous events u
nderlying the main focus of the fil
m before viewing it.

The entire movie was filmed in the
original Aramaic with English subti
tles. This enhances, rather than de
tracts from, the film's enjoyment b
ecause it creates an emotional aura
 of mystery and sacredness to the s
ubject. Since most people are at le
ast vaguely familiar with the story
line, you won't find yourself distr
acted by reading subtitles as one m
ight think. With just the opposite
effect, you find yourself paying gr
eater attention to the visual image
s displayed on the screen, and the
power of the events unfolding befor
e you is amplified several times over.

The Passion of the Christ combines
the four written accounts found in
the New Testament Gospels to create
 a vivid and powerful portrayal of
the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus
 Christ.

The film opens in the Garden of Get
hsemane, where Jesus of Nazareth (J
ames Caviezel) is engaged in prayer
, asking his Father to deliver him
through the events soon to come. A
satanic figure lurks in the shadows
, dispensing a series of temptation
s and doubts. "No one man can bear
the sin of the world. It's impossib
le. It's too much," the figure says
. When Jesus refuses to give into S
atan's temptations, his disciple Ju
das arrives to betray him to the Te
mple Guard.

The Temple Guard leads Jesus away i
n chains to face the high priest. W
hile Peter and John weave their way
 through the crowd of onlookers, Je
sus is questioned by an assembly of
 leading priests and teachers of re
ligious law. When Jesus responds to
 their questioning by affirming tha
t he is indeed the Son of God, the
leaders hit him, spit on him, and m
ock him. They then take him before
Pilate, hoping to have him killed.

Finding no fault with Jesus, Pilate
 nevertheless has Jesus flogged wit
h a lead-tipped whip. This sequence
 is one of the most brutal in the f
ilm. James Caviezel is reported to
have actually been hit by accident
during the filming of this scene. T
he brutality and utter lack of empa
thy on behalf of the Roman soldiers
 is brilliantly illustrated. In my
estimation, if you can make it thro
ugh this scene, then the crucifixio
n scene should not be a problem.
Furthermore, Gibson's cinematic gen
ius is apparent by his measured and
 precise use of flashbacks which dr
aws the audience away from the viol
ence in brief intervals so as not t
o cause an emotional overload. Flas
hbacks include Jesus teaching to a
crowd about his power to "lay down
my life, and take it back up again,
" Jesus washing the feet his discip
les at the last supper, and Jesus a
s a playful personality interacting
 with Mary. One particularly powerf
ul scene traces back to Jesus as a
toddler. When he falls down and inj
ures himself, a panicked Mary runs
to his rescue. This flashback corre
lates with the film's portrayal of
Jesus stumbling under the weight of
 the cross.

Overall, this ranks as one of the g
reatest films ever made. If you bel
ieve Jesus of Nazareth was the Bibl
ical Messiah (which this film revie
wer does), then The Passion illustr
ates the enormity of God's sacrific
e. But even if you think Jesus was
just a common man, this film serves
 a valuable purpose in that it unde
rscores the barbarity of a human ra
ce that, more often than not, perse
cutes the innocent. Mel Gibson's gr
eatest production to date is a film
 every student of history, philosop
hy, and human nature owe it to them
selves to see…

				
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