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When it was first released, The Passion of the Christ movie met a lot of criticisms as an anti- Semitic horror flick/ pornography with a lot of splattering blood and torture. As for the Christian community and many free thinkers, the movie deserves no criticism.
The filming of the movie was done in Aramaic, though with English subtitles. With this language, it enhances how one enjoys this movie, since that creates emotional auras of mystery and sacredness to the subject. Some people may think that subtitle’s will distract one as he/she watch the movie, but the truth is, that won’t since most people are vaguely familiar with the story-line. Such may even make you more attentive as you watch the images displaying on your screen, and time after time, you will get amplified events.
This film combine the four accounts of the New Testament Gospels to develop the most vivid and powerful show of all the events that took place before and after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It has been termed a must watch for all people by the most devoted Christians but minors should not watch the movie. This is because the passion sometimes is violent in the film. It is crucial that children who are 16 and 17 years should get to know what the film entails before they can watch it.
On the onset of the film, we meet Jesus Christ (James Caviezel) at the Gethsemane garden praying that His Father the King should take Him through the misfortunes about to face Him. In the shadows, is a satanic image that gives a lot of temptations and doubts. The satanic figure gives out a message that the thing about one man bearing the sin of the world is too much and impossible. Jesus refuses to surrender to the temptations, leading Satan to approaching Judas and he betrays him to the guards.
Jesus is chained and taken to the high priest to judge him. The leading priests and teachers of the law keep asking him questions which he affirms that he is indeed the Son of God. They hit him, mock him, spit on him etc. There being a judge call Pilate, they take him to him hoping that he was going to be killed there.
Finding no fault in him, Pilate has Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. Lack of tenderness, total brutally begins here. This will continue and if you can make it through these scenes, crucifixion will not be much.
The genius use of various styles like flash-backing of Jesus takes the audience to another world. overall, the film is rank one of the greatest ever made. It is not a must that you become a Christian to believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah sent to the world, you may do, and the movie will make sense to you about the Passion of God.