'Passions of The Christ'
The controversial Mel Gibson movie is set for a theatrical release on Feb. 25. No one has seen it yet, but everyone seems to have strong feelings about this film.
What are your thoughts on the film? Will you see it? Will you boycott it? Maybe you think it's just a film, and all this hub-bub is unnecessary. Let us know.
I have seen this movie - but you couldn't pay me to see another movie by Mel Gibson after this. The chance to make a thoughtful, intelligent movie that gives rise to reasoned discussion has been completely lost...one man's narrow, incorrect vision will give the impetus to millions of others prejudice, sad to say.
Thumbs down. It wasn't even a well-written or well-acted movie, and the, literally, gratuitous violence should be too much even for this day and age.
Bookbabe, San Francisco, CA
This doesn't seem like the kind of film I would go out of my way to see, but I will admit that I am curious considering all the passionate argues for and against.
Of course I have to ask, why would you boycott a film that you know nothing about? Are the people who say they will boycott this the same people who wanted to boycott "The Last Temptation of Christ?"
And what if it does portray the Jewish temple leaders as the group who demanded Christ, a fellow Jew, be executed? Last time I checked, that is the way it's told in the Bible. Does that make the film automatically anti-semetic? Likewise is the Bible anti-semetic? Should the Bible be re-written so as not to offend anyone?
Can't we all just accept the fact that 2,000 year ago times were tough and everyone's ancestors are guilty of some bad behavior: genocide, slavery, war, etc . . . Let's just put it behind us and move on.
Am I the only one out there who doesn't plan to see the movie because it sounds pretty dull? I mean, the story of Christ has been told and re-told many times...why would I want to go see a Bible story just because some famous actor decided to give it the "Exorcist" treatment? I'd much rather spend an afternoon going to see Return of the King again, followed by an evening of watching the Discovery Channel's Ancient Evidence episodes, capped off with reading a few pages from the Bible itself (preferably from the Old Testament, where the stories are much more interesting).
What bothers me about this whole controversy is the number of times I've had to hear people say that Christ died because of something I did. I realize this is a metaphor, but people need to realize that all-inclusive statements like that are equivalent to thrusting religious views on others. I'm sick of being told that I'm a horrible, sinful person and that only Christ's death can save me. It's perfectly OK if that is your point of view, and (in this country) it's even OK to say it, but there's a fine line between speaking your mind and thrusting your views on others. If that's Mel's reason for making this movie, then I don't particularly want to see it, either.
I am most definately going to see this movie. In fact, I am going to see it on the first day of it's opening. I feel, that the graphic content and horrid portrayal of Christ's death is not something that we sould take lightly. I think, that because Christ died and suffered so much for us, that we should at least try to suffer for him.
The bottom of the website reads a New York Times Company. Go figure. The writers @ Boston Globe & the NYT write obscene articles bashing The Passion. Just say you hate Christians and Christianity and get it over with will ya??
The brutal death of Jesus was for MY sin and I have to come in contact w/the reality of that. Jesus is ALIVE and came into my room when I surrendered. His voice was that of "rushing waters" as spoken in Revelation; He then baptized me w/the Holy Spirit...in my bedroom (didn't happen at the religious institutions built by man and robes of religion).
Theologians and "Jesus Scholars" haven't met Jesus nor have they found themselves prostrate in front of the cross drenched in His blood for their sin. So, I really do not care what their opinions are.
I mentioned before: Church, you are about to be judged! Come to the cross and follow the REAL JESUS that is alive, not a character in a book. Prosperity preachers...your foundation is about to be pulled from under you. The foundation of the American churches is SELF and RELIGION, not Jesus. The money you've hoarded from the lambs...give it back! Burn your tapes and books and other merchandise and go to the cross! Repent! Because Jesus has not been the Center of your faith God gave you over to a powerful delusion. This fall and winter 2004 is going to be unbearable for you if you do not repent. Jesus is coming sooner than anyone can imagine. America, read about yourself in Rev 19! I don't care what "scholars" say w/the mind of man; Jesus said Rev 19/Mystery Babylon is America.
Joyce, Fort Worth
As a Catholic who abhors violence, I do not feel the need to see the God of my understanding sadistically destroyed in a film. While I accept that the actual events in Jesus's death were ghastly, I see no need to SEE it portrayed in such rawness. The whole concept of a movie focusing on the horror of Jesus's death may appeal to some, but for me...I will keep the icon of the resurrected Jesus as my image. I see no need to pollute that with a cinematic orgy of gore. While I believe in Mr. Gibson's right to make the movie about his understanding of the Passion, I will not pay my money to support such a gruesome piece of "art".
I cannot understand how this movie can be misconstrued so poorly as to be labeled "anti-Semetic." A quote from the Bible:
Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him." When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"
As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, "Crucify! Crucify!"
But Pilate answered, "You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him."
The Jews insisted, "We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God."
Those critics that would call "The Passion of the Christ" anti-Semetic need to take up issue with the Bible and the body of Christian belief, not Mel Gibson.
Laura , Villa Park, CA
I fail to see the anti-Jewish stand here. Jesus was born, raised and challenged as a Jew to the Roman occupation forces in the middle east. The Roman's relinquished their governance over a religious matter and handed it back to a Jewish decision. I find it unnerving and insulting to hear that the very brutal and savage crucifiction of an individual as Jesus Christ be deemed anti-semetic. Walk into any Christian church and you will find a clean, noble and non-tortured Jesus on a clean crucifix with a common title tacked to the head - NRIX - King of the JEWS! He is clean, dripping a 'bit' of blood and otherwise very appealing. I challenge anyone to fire-up the way-back machine and go there to discover anything other than what was portrayed in this film. It is nothing more than an opionion of an event in time that was brutal, bloody, inhumane and, in many people's opinion, torture. This is not a slam against Judaism - it is a view of what was more real than what most people are ready for - a brutal experience inflicted upon a man, the Son of God, that part of the population of this planet believe to be the Savior.
As a side note - I do not recall ever hearing any dismay, protest or insult when graphic displays of hatred or injustifiedpain and death inflicted upon people of Jewish faith by non-Jews are presented.
I will Go and enjoy this great production on actual events that changed forever the history of mankind. The sacrifice of Jesus represents our entrance to eternity and to an everlasting life. when we accept him as our lord and savior.
I am sorely disappointed in Mel Gibson for making this film. Violence was not the point of Jesusí last days. But violence on the screen has become such a big part of our society that I guess I should expect no less. And the violence seems to be Gibsonís message. Karmic balance for all mankind was point. Why canít you start the film on Easter Sunday and try showing people a little bit about the risen Christ. I think everyone knows the other half of the story. Unfortunately the real story doesnít begin until Melís film ends.