This film is going to be many things to many people - anti-Semitic is not one of them. Even now, weeks later, re-examining it in detail is still deeply affecting. From Academy Award-winning director Mel Gibson comes one of cinema's most uniquely powerful films - the profoundly moving, uncompromising story depicting the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus Christ. One flashback, found nowhere in the Bible, details the mundane routine of Jesus being called in from carpentry by His mother to eat. The movie can be considered anti-first-century-Romans, and anti-Sanhedrin, but I did not feel the movie was attacking the Jewish religion, or the entire Jewish people. I am a young man who is religious but no longer attends church or follows any religion strictly. Jesus himself was a Jew, Mary was, The man that helped Jesus carry the cross was Jewish, Veronica the woman that brought Jesus water and wiped his face was, and many Jews were screaming in the crowd against the torture and crucifixion of Jesus.
It is something that can easily be lost through over familiarity with the text, and the flowery nature of other representations, but which must not be forgotten. Thus, Pilate washes his hands of the entire dilemma, ordering his men to do as the crowd wishes. I looked at a couple of people, some were speachless and most were crying. She runs to His aid, and as she does so the film cuts between this, and a similar moment when Jesus was a child and fell outside the house. Mel Gibson stated that his film follows the last 12 hours of Christ in accordance to the gospel, and although biblical scholars have confirmed this to be true, it is also true that a certain artistic license was taken to particular moments in the story.
The scenes are so believable, the violence so real, that the scenes appear to take place in your very presence; imagine before you a man being torn to bloody shreds; your helpless to do anything, you're a spectator - utterly horrific. Such criticism, however, betrays a very narrow minded approach; the manner in which this sequence is filmed conveys the full thematic significance it. Flashbacks of Jesus as a child and as a young man with his mother, giving the Sermon on the Mount, teaching the Twelve Apostles, and at the Last Supper are some of the images depicted. The Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew languages, and wonderful cinematography made you really feel like you were in first century Jerusalem. When The Passion was in theatres I went with my friend and his church to go watch it. The performance that really stood out was that of Maia Morgenstern as Mary.
Initially, in his dazed suffering, Jesus is alarmed that he has been abandoned by God his father. I hope that I writing this helps out anyone who has been aching to see Passion or anyone who already has seen view it in a better way. Nonetheless I didn't hear a word. Don't see it if you're not willing to confront the worst aspects of human nature up close. Yet throughout the film she maintains an almost luminescent beauty, entirely befitting the mother of God. One of the themes of the story emphasised by the film is the bond between Jesus and Mary. It is moments such as these that make the film so much more than the orgy of violence its detractors claim.
While she could offer him protection then, now she is powerless; she weeps as the guards thrust her roughly away from her son, and so do we. The flashbacks truly had an emotional impact on me. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become embroiled in a political conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus. It is meant to bring the what Christ did for our sins to the forefront. People also seem upset that this movie did not portray the times in Jesus' life when he was deep in ministry. Hearing this story doesn't swell up a hatred for the Jewish race, no more than watching Schindlers List makes one hate current day Germans. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed 'miracles' and has publicly announced that he is 'the Son of God'--is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem.
Available for the first time, dubbed in English! As Jesus carries His cross, Mary begs John to get her closer to Him. But the movie is not anti-semitic for these reasons: 1. This is why they are hated. The effect of Aramaic and Latin, with the moody soundtrack, was spellbinding. Mel Gibson did an incredible job as a director and he truly was brave for taking on this project despite all the controversy.
Jesus is the Son of God and their Messiah and He came to them to give them freedom from all their oppressors, the Romans at this point. In fact, he strikes the perfect balance, including flashbacks at pivotal moments of the film to events such as Jesus washing the disciples' feet, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Last Supper. Despite these handicaps Caviezel delivers a performance of great emotional depth, embodying quiet nobility and sacrifice. How did this get on public domain??? It was an immensely powerful reminder that for all He was the Son of God, Jesus was also the son of an ordinary woman, who He loved as any child loves its mother. While watching this movie I forgot about everything else in the world. As for the two main concerns of most people, the ultra-violence, and the alleged anti-semetism these are my views on the two. However, Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who, in turn, gives the crowd a choice between which prisoner they would rather to see set free--Jesus, or Barrabas.
From the opening shot to the falling credits, this film demands full control of ones body and emotion. In my own opinion, I appreciated how Mel Gibson directed this film. They were and are to a certain extension his people. Nothing anti-biblical was added, but inside a sense deep meaning was inserted through symbols and actions not actually recorded in the gospels. Unless you've been avoiding the media in recent months you've heard accusations of anti-Semitism against this movie: its going to rekindle a hate for Jews, its depicting the Jewish leaders of the day as monsters, and its showing that the Jews were solely responsible for the death of Jesus. The art, the culture, and the magnificence - see The Passion of the Christ and you will have seen the fantastic.
The truth of the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There, the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy; subsequently, his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death. Huge credit must go to the cast for mastering the language, and employing it in such universally excellent performances. The film covers the final 12 hours of Jesus' life, beginning with the Agony in the Garden and ending with a brief depiction of his resurrection. Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Palestine, for his sentencing.