The Passion of the Christ
Directed by: Mel Gibson.
Written by: Benedict Fitzgerald (screenplay), Mel Gibson (screenplay).
Actors: James Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern, Hristo Jivkov, Francesco De Vito, Monica Bellucci.
Released: 2004.
MPAA Rating: Rated R.
Length: 127 min .

Brief outline (no spoilers):
The movie deals with the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life before the crucifixion.

Personal opinions
This is the most realistic and accurate version of this momentous event. The film is faithful to and based primarily on the four Gospels. Mel Gibson has shown incredible bravery undertaking this project, and the result is very credible. Mel Gibson allegedly financed a big part of the movie himself with around 25-30 million dollars to see that he had the full artistic freedom. Making such movie about a very controversial topic takes a lot of bravery. Religion is not a topic that is easily goes without debate, and it has been debated that this movie builds up around anti-Semitism.

The language spoken in the movie is Armanic. The realness the movie gets from the language far supersedes the drawbacks of this. Of course the American speaking audience that is not accustomed to watching movies in other languages than their native would complain. There is not that much dialog that this becomes a problem and also with a little imagination everybody understands what is said even without reading the subtitles.

The movie gives a very literal and graphics portrayal of the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life. Nothing is put between in the making of the movie to have the story more adjusted for the movie screen or in such a way that it would be more appealing. If the movie had been made in any other way it would not have been believable and not have become such a great success. The movie is also very emotional.


Bottom Line
Everybody (except children) should see this movie, even if you are not a Christian.
Rating: 9/10 (where 10 is the best).