An explicit depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus. The languages spoken in the film are Arabic, Latin and Hebrew and its actors are laymen which among one of the elements controversially received.
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It's difficult to reconcile Gibson the believer with the man who is on record saying some truly vile things—but beauty and brutality have always had an uneasy co-existence in the director's filmography. That's never more exemplified than in "The Passion," where moments of grace ("Today you will be with me in paradise") are frequently undone by Gibson's worst creative instincts (next a raven plucks out a man's eye).
A gruelling watch, powerful and with a strangely detatched, slightly procedural feel about it. The characters are compelling though, mostly from their expressions and the film hugely benefits on not being reliant on dialogue.
Gibson has a knack for realizing beautiful tales of savagery and brutality. Though this lacks the melancholy and romance of Braveheart. At its most basic, this is a visually stunning epic about the persecution and execution of an innocent man at the hands of a cabal. In a spiritual sense, there is far too much to say in fifty characters - but it had the potential to be quite powerful, but at times fell short.
Interesting film, on many levels. I am not sure what it's really trying to say, but I found that the visual language used in that film is very similar to "300" in terms of cinematic tricks to convey a sense of grandeur. Mel Gibson is a brilliant director when it comes to depicting savagery and (Braveheart, Apocalypto) but I think, for better or worse, that it failed to depict characters as human beings but as symbols
Nothing here. No spirituality. No heresy. No documentary. The star is for the effort of using Aramaic and Hebrew, and Latin. Even with all the historic mistakes and stupid choices. And about the blood... My problem with it is not that it was excessive. My problem was that it seems like a videoclip, it's so aesthetically perfected that it has a counter-effective appeal. It looks "good". And torture is NOT camera sexy.
A tough, tough film to subjectively evaluate; I've a personal connection to it, as it reminds me of the strange days I spent in the Christian community. And, asshole or not, Mel Gibson is a fine artist. Like "Braveheart" and "Apocalypto," "The Passion" thrives on its simplicity -- it's a cathartic tale of extraordinary suffering inflicted on a heroic everyman. Gorgeously shot and scored to boot.
Pasolini and Scorsese made masterpieces on the subject. Nicholas Ray made at the very least an interesting Hollywood epic. Mel Gibson made 'The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre'. Suffice to say I do not much care for this movie.