Calling Gibson's record-breaking, graphic version of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ "controversial" is an understatement on par with calling the Sahara Desert "warm." Film begins as Jesus (Caveizel) is arrested and taken before Hebrew and Roman authorities for crimes of heresy. Although some backstory is told in flashback, the movie assumes the viewer's knowledge of Jesus's life and focuses on giving as graphic a portrayal of his torture and crucifixion as possible (including a 45 minute flogging scene) in a movie as painful and intense to watch as any put on film. Very bold and well-crafted, but the obsessive focus on gore and violence will leave many asking where the spirituality is supposed to be. Endorsed by many church leaders but drew complaints for its negative depiction of the Hebrew leaders, as well as some violent scenes that Gibson invented. Gibson funded the film with $30 million of his own money. In Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew with English subtitles.
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Available on DVD
Running time 126 minutes.
Originally from United States.
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