Believe me when I say that this production is more than a story, more than a movie; this film can only be described as an experience. 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. However, Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who, in turn, gives the crowd a choice between which prisoner. I trust that once the movie is seen by the general public all of these statements will fade into the shadows; this movies greatest defense will be itself. In conclusion, not everyone will like this movie.
I simply didn't buy the fact that Pilate would be so nice. Personally, I don't know why Pilate was portrayed so nicely. The cast was absolutely flawless, Jim Caviezel gave a powerful performance as Jesus, Maia Morgenstern as Mary brought me to tears, and even though Monica Bellucci spoke only a few lines, her performance and beauty astonished me. If anything, the Romans of that time are portrayed horribly though realistically , and they are the ones that made him suffer tremendously before his death. 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. No matter your background, no matter your race, no matter your beliefs on the afterlife, this movie needs to be seen.
As a film, The Passion of the Christ is excellent; as a religious experience it is even better. Its dialogue is entirely in Latin and Aramaic, with English subtitles, a remarkably bold decision by Gibson, and one that pays dividends. It had been my intention to since Mel Gibson first announced the project, but endless reports of the film's unflinching brutality made me fear it might be too much to bear. The crowd, however, is not satisfied. I assure you, beaten beyond recognition hardly describes soft tissue being torn to be the bone as blood drips into puddles on the ground. The performance that really stood out was that of Maia Morgenstern as Mary. Such criticism, however, betrays a very narrow minded approach; the manner in which this sequence is filmed conveys the full thematic significance it.
Mel Gibson deserves a lot of respect for making this film. Set your expectations high, this one can handle them. An aspect of the film that intrigued me was the character of Satan, and the demons in the movie. Mel Gibson did an incredible job as a director and he truly was brave for taking on this project despite all the controversy. As any appreciator of the finer things in film might see, The Passion of the Christ is artistic genius. Bloody and unrecognizable, he is brought back before Pilate who, once again, presents him to the thirsty crowd—assuming they will see that Jesus has been punished enough.
There, the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy; subsequently, his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death. Don't see it if you're not willing to confront the worst aspects of human nature up close. I recently visited Oberammergau, Germany and saw the site of the Passion Play that has been performed every decade since 1634. He was born to die, and there is no blame to be placed on anyone. When reading the new testament or hearing the story of Jesus, it's hard to understand what it was actually like for Jesus to go through all that pain, and what it was like for Mary to watch her son get tortured and crucified. One flashback, found nowhere in the Bible, details the mundane routine of Jesus being called in from carpentry by His mother to eat.
As Jesus carries His cross, Mary begs John to get her closer to Him. Everything people are saying about the violence is true. Huge credit must go to the cast for mastering the language, and employing it in such universally excellent performances. 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 story opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper.
The movie really put things in perspective for me. One of the themes of the story emphasised by the film is the bond between Jesus and Mary. Synopsis A depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. Nonetheless I didn't hear a word. Gibson has come under attack for focusing merely on Jesus' death, and omitting His message of love - this criticism is both unfair and ill-judged.
And kudos to Mel Gibson for not shying away from the subject by creating a sterile, gutless, Disney story out of what really was a good example of the everyday horror of life on the fringes of the Roman empire. While watching this movie I forgot about everything else in the world. Gibson invents a new genre with The Passion - that of historical horror. 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. There is also an immensely poetic moment near the film's end, in which the camera tracks the progress of a single drop of rain from miles above Golgotha, which falls as Jesus breathes His last: a teardrop from Heaven. The performances in this film are inspired. The movie shows what Jesus actually went through for all of mankind's sins according to Christianity.
It is moments such as these that make the film so much more than the orgy of violence its detractors claim. Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, for his sentencing. To suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be extremely agitated. As a non-Christian who nevertheless respects the historical figure of Jesus Christ and the beauty of his philosophy and teachings, I found The Passion to be a powerful portrayal of much that I think is worthwhile about the Christ story. Initially, in his dazed suffering, Jesus is alarmed that he has been abandoned by God his father. The flashbacks truly had an emotional impact on me. The effect of Aramaic and Latin, with the moody soundtrack, was spellbinding.
Pilate listens to the accusations leveled at Jesus by the Pharisees. Instead of a squeaky clean version of the life of Jesus it was a realistic and heartbreaking portrayal of his final hours. 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. The story opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Yet, sometimes, knowing the story is a far cry from seeing the event. Gibson believes, and it's his own revelation, not necessarily to be shared by all. Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Palestine, for his sentencing.