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The Passion of the Christ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jesus getting beat up for almost 3 hours.

    Don't buy the hype, I don't know why so many Christians did. All this movie is, is Jesus Christ getting beat up for almost 3 hours and very little of Christ's teachings. I would like to see a modern film on how Christ lived his life, not just how he died at the end of his mortal ministry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yawn

    Going into the theater after reading the first 3 books of the new Testament, and going into the theater with a basic understanding of Jesus¿ teachings, did nothing to prepare me for what this movie is really about. It's not about the Bible at all. Although cinematography is good at times, but very clichéd in others, what concerned me most about the film is the utter lack of message. You would think that in a movie about Jesus, you would hear about turning the other cheek, loving your neighbor, and all that good stuff that makes up Jesus' teachings. Instead, this film focuses only on violence. About a quarter of the way through the film, I grew bored, and almost fell asleep. There are only so many minutes you can watch some guy get beat up, before simply losing interest. It is as though Gibson was pandering to the emotions of the deeply religious, by heavily emphasizing the suffering and violence of the biblical Christ's life. Twenty minutes into watching Jesus getting whipped with a flail, I realized that this movie is violent not to send a message, or for cinematic quality, but to freak people out. People were crying in the audience, or praying. I was yawning, impatient for the whipping to end so they could move on to the next scene and get this film over with. Most of the violence in this movie is entirely unnecessary, and only serves to shock and awe the believers in the audience. Since I¿m not Christian, this tactic did not work on me, and I was left feeling bored of violence. It was not ¿A Clockwork Orange¿ kind of violence with a purpose and message. It was not ¿Matrix Reloaded¿ violence, which is at least interesting to watch. It was mindless gore that constituted probably 60 percent of the film. Even much of the film depicting Jesus walking to Golgotha to be crucified was unnecessary. It doesn¿t take a neurosurgeon to figure out the cross is heavy and Jesus is in no shape to carry it. Yet Gibson still has the audience sit through 20+ minutes of watching him stumble, fall, get up, walk, stumble, fall, get up, walk (lather rinse repeat) every 2 minutes until he makes it up the hill. Although I suppose it gives the impression of a long and arduous journey, it also bored me to tears. In addition to ignoring the philosophy of Christ¿s teachings, he also ignores almost all of the other characters. Mary, mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene are basically depicted as two shrouded, weeping women who follow Jesus around. Other characters are depicted as equally wooden. This is not a fault of the actors, but rather, a fault of the writers and director, who did not include much interaction and dialogue to develop any of the characters. In fact, dialogue in general is sparse and stiff, without any flair or artist quality, be it in a dead language or not, words spoken by characters in this film are few, far between, and informational. As a final thought, I believe this movie was designed to stir up controversy and rekindle the flagging interest of the public in Judea-Christian spirituality. The hard-line religious Christians, for the most part, WILL feel emotion from this movie, because they believe it depicts some kind of truth. Some might even say the movie was not violent enough compared to ¿what really happened¿. However, no one alive today knows the truth, and historically, this 'real-life' representation of Christ's last 12 hours is a work of fiction, an artist (Gibson¿s) interpretation of Jesus' last hours. It should be taken as such. This movie is not truth, and I pity those who are misguided enough to take Gibson¿s bait and worship the film rather than the religion. It is a movie designed to make money off a controversial topic. In this case, Gibson ¿sided¿ with Christian fundamentalism. This shows through in the film: if you are a believer, this movie is probably riveting and heartbreaking. If you aren¿t, you¿ll be whistling, ¿always look on the bright side of life¿ when he is on the cross. Although this m

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good story, pity there's no evidence to support it.

    Gibson's gorefest depicts the legendary execution of the christians' famous conjurer/superhero in graphic detail. While Gibson's laughably historically inaccurate 'Braveheart' rewrote history by placing historical characters in a time and place entirely wrongly, the 'passion' sticks to the book. Well, as accurately as you can glean from the contradictory accounts in the bible, as there are no other accounts of this event outside of those written at least thirty years afterwards by followers of the man.

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    Posted December 3, 2010

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