The Passion of the Christ (DVD)
Starring James Caviezel et al
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- Aramaic dialogue with English subtitles.
Allan, South Africa. 4 July 2004
As both a Christian and an avid movie fan who likes most genres of movie, I found absolutely no merit in this movie.
From a Christian point of view, the movie is a confused mess that focuses on a very specific, and short, albeit important part of Christs life, but does so in a way that will cause any non-christian to be horribly confused and revulsed. The abuse and physical torture of Christ during his final hours is portrayed far too graphically to really be effective, it is so gruesome and graphic in fact that you inevitably end up becoming totally desensitised to it or will simply sit and shake your head in bewilderment at the savage onslaught that goes on and on for what seems like eternity, and finally leave the theater (or lounge) in disgust.
The problem with this entire movie is that it is disjointed, unfocused and basically pointless. Being a Christian, I should have no problem with a narrow, focused look at Christs last hours because I know what happened before that, leading up to the events portrayed in the movie.
But it IS still a problem for me, because the movie is poor in every way. It should also be noted that I am not averse to graphic violence etc. being portrayed on film if it serves a purpose and I am actually a fan of most of Mel Gibsons work so my assesment of this movie really is a fair one based solely on the material itself. This movie teaches you nothing, explains nothing and raises no philosophical or religious questions. It simply bombards you with savagery and throws disjointed pieces of the greatest life story in the history of mankind at you and expects to be considered a masterpiece.
I'm afraid that as far as I am concerned, this entire movie was in fact one big dissapointment from any point of view. And I'm not even going to get into the multitude of historical errors and biblical inaccuracies in the movie that are blatantly apparent to anyone who cares to look.
The most confusing and bewildering thing about this movie, as far as I am concerned, is the number of people, largely Christians, who normally detest and oppose violence of any sort in movies, particularly graphic and unforgiving violence of this nature, who for some unknown, twisted reason think it's quite fine in this case because Jesus Christ is the chief protaganist in the movie. These people are even allowing their teenage children to see this for crying out loud ! If it were ANY other movie they would up in arms if it depicated violence even half as savage and gruesome as this.
So, my advice is to give this a miss. It does not deliver anything it promises and is a shameless cash-in on the most important person in human history and human consciousness.
Deryn, Krugersdorp West. 11 March 2008
Anyone who tells you that this is too gruesome should look at history. This is how the Saviour suffered. He was not gently whipped. They did not anethatise him before nailing him to a cross. Mel Gibson did an excellent portrail of Jesus' last hours when he made his great sacrifice for all mankind. Christians of the world should watch this to try get a small idea of what the Saviour really did for them.
Wiehann, WITKOPPEN EXT 2. 18 November 2009
This movie is a horribly inaccurate account of what happened during Christ's crucifixion. In fact,
it seems as though Mel Gibson didn't use the Bible as his source of information when he directed The
Passion of the Christ. My reasons: Firstly, nowhere in the Bible is it written that Satan appeared
to Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. Also, Jesus was not tortured on His way to the Pharisees'
counsel. He also wasn't thrown off of the bridge in the pool of water in front of Judas Iscariot.
Jesus's mother, Mary, did not hold Jesus in her arms after his crucifixion (a man named Joseph took
Jesus's body down from the cross and buried it). And Judas was never tortured by little
children (as was disturbingly portrayed in this movie).
My advice: skip the movie and go read your Bible. You'll get a much more accurate account of what
happened during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Go read: http://www.av1611.org/Passion/passion.html to get a full account of all the false doctrine
that is portrayed in this movie.
Antoinette, ROTHDENE. 30 July 2009
When this movie first premiered many reviews was written and read by myself. For me who does not understand the word brutalised and tortured this was an eye opener, reading about it in the bible never really explained what this meant to me (as I'm a layman with no knowledge of what it is to or be tortured) what the Lord Jesus endured for us the normal Tom, Dick & Harry in the street. The words in the bible that His sweat turned to drops of blood give new meaning because being the Son of God and KNOWING what he was going have to go through knew that if His father did not have mercy to release Him from the ultimate sacrifice that He was asked to make He was going to die an agonising death. To the reviewer who nearly suceeded in me not watching this movie, mister go and watch it again - if you watch it to the end you will see that there is hope in it. It WASN'T a senseless movie with no hope for want of showing a person being tortured to death. It was a movie that showed us exactly what some had to endure if they were found to guilty and senteced to death. According to my bit of research this was the way that criminals were executed in His time.
Maria, South Africa. 5 April 2015
This is truly one of the best christian movies I have ever seen. Of course the Bible doesn't tell you everything in detail so sometimes you have to read between the lines. And if you have the Holy Spirit in you, you'll know that of course the devil was there maybe not in person or as a snake, but definitely in the spirit realm. Mel Gibson did an excellent job. And if anyone wants to say this is too gruesome or graphic, they have no idea how Jesus was tortured, what Mel Gibson shows here is only a part of Jesus' suffering. This movie was an eye opener. Really a must have in every household.
Melvin, South Africa. 28 June 2016
Love this movie.
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