The Passion of the Christ

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The Passion of the Christ
Genre: Biblical drama
Directed By: Mel Gibson
Produced By: Bruce Davey
Mel Gibson
Stephen McEveety
Written By: Mel Gibson & Benedict Fitzgerald
Based On: The Passion in the New Testament of the Bible and The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by Anne Catherine Emmerich
Starring: Jim Caviezel
Maia Morgenstern
Monica Bellucci
Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel
Distributed By: Newmarket Films
Release Date: February 25, 2004
Runtime: 127 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $30 million
Box Office: $612 million

The Passion of the Christ (or simply The Passion) is a 2004 biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson, the director of Braveheart. It tells the last twelve hours of Jesus Christ's life before his crucifixion.


Jesus Christ, the savior of humanity, is betrayed by one of his disciples and captured by the Romans. Even during a torturous death, Jesus redeems souls and defeats Satan's true purpose.

Why It Rocks

  1. It's one of, if not the most accurate representation of the Bible, as well as Jesus' Crucifixion.
  2. Phenomenal cinematography.
  3. While Jesus is getting tortured throughout the film, it actually looks like he's truly beaten up which makes the makeup amazing.
  4. Satan's appearance is actually terrifying and actually does scary things such as the infamous scene where he holds an ugly baby.
  5. The scene where Satan screams in his own defeat because Jesus died shows victory among Christians.
  6. Amazing soundtrack that was composed by John Debney, even though it can be extremely irritating at times.
  7. It also depicts the Lord's Supper.
  8. Peter denying the Lord 3 times and Judas betraying Jesus and hanging himself on a land is also shown in the movie.
  9. The ending where Jesus has risen.

Bad Qualities

  1. It is extremely controversial, and is known to be one of the most controversial films to date, due to its violence. However, this was all done on purpose to accurately portray the Crucifixion. Mel Gibson, the film's director, even went as far as to say that the actual Crucifixion is far more violent than that of his film.
  2. It's not fully accurate, even though it manages to get many things right about the Crucifixion.
    • Satan doesn't actually spawn demons disguised as kids to torment Judas.
    • A very infamous example is where it showed Jesus making a table, which never happened in the Bible.
  3. The soundtrack can get extremely irritating to listen to, even at moments such as Jesus getting nailed to a cross.
  4. Despite being made in the United States, it doesn't use the English language.


The film was widely polarized by critics, but it was well-received by audiences. The film holds a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 278 reviews, with an average rating of 5.91/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Director Mel Gibson's zeal is unmistakable, but The Passion of the Christ will leave many viewers emotionally drained rather than spiritually uplifted." On Metacritic, it has a 47/100 based on 44 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Despite the polarized reviews, Roger Ebert, who awarded The Passion of the Christ 4 out of 4 stars in his review for the Chicago Sun-Times, denied allegations that the film was anti-semitic. Ebert described the film as "a powerful and important film, helmed by a man with a sincere heart and a warrior's sense of justice. It is a story filled with searing images and ultimately a message of redemption and hope." Ebert said "It also might just be the greatest cinematic version of the greatest story ever told."




3 months ago
Score 1

This film made me cry so much. Liked it a lot.

When Satan was defeated though, that freaked me out and scared me.

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