Critical Review of "The Passion of the Christ"

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This evening I had the pleasure to view Mel Gibson's highly controversial "The Passion of the Christ". The film is a highly detailed, very graphic account of the last twelve hours of Jesus Christ's life. The movie opens with Jesus praying in the Garden of Olives after the Last Supper. After resisting the temptations of Satan, He is then betrayed by one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot. Judas discloses Jesus' location to the Pharisees, who have Him captured and then confront Him with charges of blasphemy. The leaders of the Pharisees take Jesus before Pontius Pilot to stand trial, which eventually results in His crucifixion. "The Passion" is about Jesus' will to live to die for us.

Before giving my own opinion of the film, I want to first state that I was raised in a family of extremely lax Catholic faith. This has lead me to be weary of certain religious endeavors and often very skeptical about religion in general.

I have suffered great personal tragedy in many ways, including the loss of my father at the age of 18. Though I know it should be, my faith has not been of great importance as of late. "The Passion" put everything in my life in perspective, so to speak. It allowed me to realize why we are all here in the first place - what our mission in life is: the spread the word of God. I can now see how this film can change others' lives.

In saying that, there has been a ton of controversy surrounding "The Passion." I definitely believe this is a movie people either loved or hated. I could discuss the differences that surround the two points of view, however, it is completely irrelevant as to why this film was created in the...