The Passion of the Christ

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (18)
D: Mel Gibson
Icon (Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey & Stephen McEveety)
US 2004
121 mins

Religious/Historical/Drama

W: Benedict Fitzgerald & Mel Gibson [based on excerpts from the New Testament, and "The Dolorous Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ" by Anne Catherine Emmerich]
DP: Caleb Deschanel
Ed: John Wright
Mus: John Debney
PD: Francesco Frigeri
Cos: Maurizio Millenotti

Jim Caviezel (Jesus Christ), Monica Bellucci (Mary Magdalene), Maia Morgenstern (The Virgin Mary), Luca Lionello (Judas Iscariot)

Mel Gibson caused much controversy around the time of this film's release, not just due to the on-screen content of the picture, but also due to his anti-Semitic rants.

His personal comments aside, The Passion Of The Christ is a brutally powerful piece of work. The final hours of the life of Jesus Christ are brought before our eyes with a stomach-churning, visceral conviction. All the spoken dialogue is in Latin & Aramaic, though there's not much dialogue going on, rather visual horror unfolding before our eyes with the events leading up to Christ's crucifixion.

Whether or not you're a religious person shouldn't matter too much, though it would probably be best to avoid the film at all costs if you're devoutly religious, it certainly isn't Sunday viewing to be paired with TV's Songs of Praise. Claims that it's a blasphemous depiction of events are a bit harsh, but it's certainly an unforgettable experience.

7/10

Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ
Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ