Passion of The Christ
You may have seen Passion
of The Christ,
in the theaters. But have you bought your own copy? It's out on DVD - Own
Plot Synopsis: The Passion of the Christ
focuses on the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth's life. The film begins in the
Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Jesus must resist
the temptations of Satan. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is then arrested and taken
within the city walls of Jerusalem where leaders of the Pharisees confront him with
accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death.
Please read our review ofThe Passion of
the Christ, below. To own your own copy of the movie, click on this ad for the Full Screen edition, or click on the ad in the review for the Definitive Edition.
our exclusive Feature Article:
To Relive This PASSION OF THE CHRIST
I almost hate to admit it, but the first thing that crosses my mind when I hear about
that movie is the grotesque violence. I've seen several movies in the past that have
depicted the life of Jesus, from his birth to his death to his resurrection, but never
before have I seen a movie based solely on his last hours alive, mainly the gruesome
brutality of those last moments. I can't help but cringe when I think of what I saw
on the screen, but more importantly, what the main character, Jesus himself, must
have gone through. Whether people want to believe in it all or not, the very fact
that a person would be willing to go through a torturous death for the sake of everyone
else is a pretty powerful declaration. One would have to have a heart of ice to not
be moved by it all in some way. Violence aside, you still have superb realism and
fantastic acting from actor James Caviezel, who so brilliantly brought to life the
person who is Jesus Christ. The usage of a foreign language--in this case Aramaic,
Latin, and Hebrew--was actually icing on the cake for me. It truly made me feel like
I was witnessing history unfold on screen and made it more believable.
Even though the violence is what tends to dominate my memory of this movie, I still
try to keep in mind what was beyond the violence. Yes, it's a difficult task to overlook
the gore, since director Mel Gibson makes a point to remind the viewing audience just
what sort of agony Christ went through, but it's not impossible. There's more behind
this passion of Christ than meets the eye, even if one has no biblical knowledge of
the actual crucifixion. Cleverly, and of course beautifully, we're reminded of Christ's
humanity throughout the film, both in his life and his death, from his days working
as a carpenter to the very blood he spilled as a teacher. And it's his humanity that
makes his death far more potent, I think. He felt pain and knew what it was, but he
willingly endured it without backing down and we all know he very well had the power
to flee from it all. And that, to me, is a whole different sort of passion. It's a
love in its purest form, selfless and steadfast. This gives humanity worth, though
even I can sometimes wonder, "How much worth it can we possibly be?"
It's nearly impossible to calmly watch this film. I myself felt both anger and sadness,
both in extreme measures. I remember thinking back in the day after I saw the film:
"There's just no way anyone won't be affected by this." I still believe that to this
day, nearly 3 years after its original theatrical release, people will be stirred.
Whether it be anger, hatred, or sadness, something will be stirred in people's hearts.
You don't even have to believe to feel that lump in your throat as you try and hold
back the tears. Not only was I moved by Christ's unstoppable love, but I also was
loving the depiction of Mary his mother, and how torn up she must have been inside
to see her son endure such pain while knowing she was unable to save him. It's almost
"easy" to forget about Mary, who was brought to life by actress Maia Morgenstern,
but this movie makes sure not to let that happen. I believe that Mary's presence in
the film is yet another reminder, one that I never realized I needed, of just how
human Jesus was, just how much on our level he willingly placed himself. I'm still
touched by one particular scene where Jesus fell beneath the weight of his cross,
and all Mary could see was a flashback of her young son tripping and falling to the
dirt. Motherly instinct tells her to go to him, to save him, to protect him, but this
time, there was nothing she could do even when she wanted to.
Not only was I in awe of the depth of this film and its biblical origin, I was also
quite impressed with the depiction of Satan and his role in the events taking place.
It's still hard to believe that a woman by the name of Rosalinda Celentano brought
this evil being to life. But the end result was perfect and I can see why a woman
was summoned for the role of Satan. No one can bring elegance to the screen as well
as a woman can, and her natural beauty had a role all its own. Even with the subtle
changes to her face to give her a few masculine traits, you still feel drawn to her,
almost as if it's the real world. Even the Bible itself depicts Satan's schemes, always
trying to entice people into his world. Satan emanated a sort of "gentle" vibe all
throughout the film, luring you into his trickery with his penetrating stares. One
could imagine a confrontation with such a creature being quite similar to how it was
in 'Passion' - knowing he's evil, but yet not being able to look away. It's almost
difficult not to give in to the taunts he pours out in the moments of weakness, as
he did with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane during the first scene of 'Passion.'
That's exactly how Satan is depicted and it was perfect in its own right. I don't
believe that would have been as easily pulled off if he wasn't portrayed by a woman
in all her natural femininity to "lure" you in.
As beautiful a film as this was, though, I remember I couldn't watch it a second time
and I never did, even when we purchased the original release on DVD. It was beautiful
but yet too painful. There was a poor absence of Special Features on the original
release, and if there's one thing I wanted more of, it was how this awesome movie
came to life. I never expected another release, even despite the rumors. Then after
a random trip to the store, I spotted it: The
Passion of the Christ (Definitive Edition).
Without much thought, I purchased it, and am glad I did. Complete with 2 discs, as
any DVD release should be, this definitive edition has a lot more to offer. It includes
the original theatrical release as well as an edited version, which thankfully eliminates
several of the more gruesome scenes of Christ's physical beatings. It makes the film's
violence a little more bearable. And of course there's the nice supply of Special
Features, which, in comparison to the original release, are almost exploding off the
disc. Not only am I grateful to have had the opportunity to view this movie, even
despite the immense violence, I can now happily embrace all the efforts that were
put into such a memorable and highly successful film. I for one am both happy and
proud to be a believer in its message.
Lynda is 25 years old, lives in Indiana, and hopes to
one day pursue a career working with animals. She enjoys many forms of self-expression,
including art, poetry, and writing, which is one of the latter additions to her list
Take a Cruise!
Need a Vacation? Take a Cruise! How would you like to learn all about the fun you could have on a cruise? No
one knows more about a cruise vacation than a travel agent who specializes in cruises!
You will learn all there is to know about taking a cruise when you get in touch with
Marsha. She will help you dsicover things you can not find out online and she
will make sure you get the best possible cruise experience at the best price!
Please read our article about taking a cruise. Then call Marsha at 704-469-9048.
Buy a 3D TV!
Looking for a new Flat Screen TV? Read our review of the Visio 42 inch 3D Television written by a woman who owns one! Read about the clarity of the display, the 3D aspects of the set, accessories, internet ability, sound and gaming suitability. If you are looking for a new TV, this might be the one for you! In any case, you'll learn about features that are now available in the latest models of flat screen 3D TVs!
Like the Twilight Saga? Read Etude!
There is a new Young Adult book series that lovers of the Twilight Saga will probably
enjoy as well. Etude has a similar theme and similar characters. Both
are about teen girls who meet and fall in love with immortal guys. What things
about Etude are the same as Twilight and what are different? Please read our
interesting review of Etude, the first book in the Birthright Legacy series.
It provides an insightful analysis of how Etude is the same as Twilight and how Etude
is different from Twilight!
What can Middle Earth say about Real Earth? Have you read or seen the Lord Of The Rings books / movies? The Hobbit is a book that has the same kinds of characters, themes and settings but came out first.
Read our article on the upcoming Hobbit movie. The author talks about the themes in The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, and presents the idea that they can be viewed as a commentary on the Environment!
Get A Date!
Online Dating First Impression! If you are one of the many people who have joined online dating sites, or if you are thinking of joining an online dating site, then you will need to make a good first impression with a perfect
profile! Whether you already have a profile for an online dating site, or are thinking of making a profile for an online dating site, read our Perfect Profile article for helpful tips! What makes a great online dating profile? Please read our article on How to Write the Perfect Profile for an Online Dating Site and learn how to attract the perfect person for you!