The Passion of the Christ is a film about the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life. The film opens in the Garden of Olives (Gethsemane) where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Jesus resists Satan’s temptations. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is arrested and taken back to within the city walls of Jerusalem where the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death. –Official site
Despite a thick Australian accent in some of his earlier films, actor Mel Gibson was born in Peeksill, NY, to Irish Catholic parents. One of eleven children, Gibson didn’t set foot in Australia until 1968, and only developed an Aussie accent after his classmates teased him for his American tongue. Mel Gibson’s looks have certainly helped him develop a largely female following similar to the equally rugged Harrison Ford, but since his 1976 screen debut in Summer City, Gibson has been recognized as a critical as well as physiological success.
Though he had, at one point, set his sights on journalism, Gibson caught the acting bug by the time he had reached college age, and studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia, despite what he describes as a crippling ordeal with stage fright. Luckily, this was something he overcame relatively quickly — Gibson was still a student when he filmed Summer City and it didn’t take long before he had found work playing… read more
As with Apocalypto, credit to Gibson for deferring to old language. Less a struggle with the flesh (as in The Last Temptation) as between the contending forces of good and evil (both physical and metaphysical). Though Gibson’s graphic conceit threatens to reduce the gospels down to a 300-style bastardisation, his fleet thematic juxtapositions and emotive sensibilities towards the material at large - swapping Passion with grace, dismay - powerfully ground his own visceral - and indeed, unflinching - reading. Ergo, not wholly superfluous.
Mel Gibson’s 2004 release The Passion of the Christ is a controversial film, depicting the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life. My opinions are in fact just as I predicted, surprisingly. I find the first half to be extremely laboured, poorly placed and generally very, very boring. The second half, however, is far superior to that of the first. The strength of the inevitable sequences are made even more shocking and terrifying by Gibson’s extreme direction and also vitally by the performance of one Jim Caviezel. The particular scenes that show the grotesque and gruesome torture scenes are indeed very difficult to watch for the average viewer, and although some may criticise or blame Gibson for making the violence so clear and over-the-top, I for one actually admire his sheer bravery to depict those horrific scenes in the way that he believes does the film justice. It’s just such a shame that the first hour is so bloated and awful.
Personally I don’t care for the arrogant practice of “Man” imposing his spiritual beliefs on his fellow “Man”, when there is obviously no right or wrong answer about God (in spite of the equally arrogant… read review