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Old April 26th, 2005, 03:41 PM
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The Passion of the Christ

A great deal of controversy has swirled around this film of course. Mixed reviews.. and mixed reactions.

Though I would really "like" to see it - I am "very" squeamish, and felt it would be too much. Others here likely have the same reason for passing on this film.

For those of you who have seen this movie - was your own experience a positive or negative one?
Would you reccomend it?
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Old April 26th, 2005, 04:05 PM
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I couldn't sit through the entire movie, sorry it wasn't a positive experience for me.
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Old April 26th, 2005, 04:12 PM
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It was a very powerful movie. But if you read in the Bible what Christ went through was a very powerful and awful thing. I think it made you feel the pain of what He went through for us. I have to movie, I could mail it to you. It does have some parts that are hard to take but think what He went through I am sure it was awful to look upon. I think Mel Gibson did a good job showing us the love that Christ must have had for us to go through all those things. I think this is a movie that a young child should not watch. I watched it and was bothered by it but I think we should be bothered by it because it was an awful thing and He did it for us. So I think it is a movie that we should all see once.
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Old April 26th, 2005, 04:14 PM
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I'm kinda "anti-religeous" and have no urge to see it...sorry. I have thought about watching it, but I read the bible as a kid..I know the story. I would rather watch Jesus Christ Superstar.
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Old April 26th, 2005, 04:27 PM
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I'd rather watch an untranslated Japanese or Chinese movie than a latin one. I'm not anti-religion per se but to watch hours of it... no thanks. I know the story, and if I want gore, I can watch Gangs of New York or Saving Private Ryan.
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Old April 26th, 2005, 04:45 PM
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I'm thinking of seeing it, so don't tell me how it ends...
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I finally saw it recently. The photography is beautiful. There are some very powerful scenes (Mary watching him and remembering him as a child, Simon being pursued by his demons...) Some people said that it portrays the Jews badly, that it might promote anti-semitism: I don't think so. I think most people look bad in this movie, except for a select few.

However, after a while, you become saturated from all the blood. I think it takes away from the message Mel Gibson wanted to convey...

I'm glad I saw it once. I have no intention of seeing it again.

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Old April 26th, 2005, 05:39 PM
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Mesaana that is where I was at I saw it once. I own the movie but it would not be one that I would want to pop in on a Friday night and have a pizza. Once is plenty. I think people should watch it once.
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I'm thinking of seeing it, so don't tell me how it ends...
LMFAO Schwinn We won't give it away

I haven't seen Passion of the Christ but did see the South Park spin-off of it which I recommend
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Kayla there is a South Park spin off of the Passion of the Christ? What is it about?
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I probably have no interest in seeing it.

I think you would have to be a committed believer to take something away from this film - as many have - but tickling the back of my head, spoiling it for me, would be the simple fact there is zero contemporary archeological evidence or written record to indicate Jesus ever existed or that these events ever took place.

And I hate gory movies otherwise so there's not a lot of motivation for myself. And no, I'm not an atheist . . . . just a skeptical agnostic.

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Old April 29th, 2005, 09:24 AM
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I probably have no interest in seeing it.

I think you would have to be a committed believer to take something away from this film - as many have - but tickling the back of my head, spoiling it for me, would be the simple fact there is zero contemporary archeological evidence or written record to indicate Jesus ever existed or that these events ever took place.

And I hate gory movies otherwise so there's not a lot of motivation for myself. And no, I'm not an atheist . . . . just a skeptical agnostic.

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Well, there is that fishstick on eBay, which not only proves that he exists, but he's tasty and lowers cholesteral!

OMG Everyone in the office is looking at me, because I am laughing so loud !!
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Shamrock,

James and I watched it. James is a Wiccan (pegan religion) and I don't have a set religion yet (dont know what I should believe anymore). And we decided to watch it again. It put a big impact on us. We both know that there was a Jesus (proven fact, just not proved he was the Messiah). We both believe someone has saved us from our sins, but don't follow the Christian faith.

Just seeing how cruel some people were back then, and that someone actually died for us, it really made me think
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Thank you for your input into your experiences and thoughts on this highly controversial movie.
Graphic film violence is something I generally try to avoid. I walked out of Reservoir Dogs. The Silence Of The Lambs gave me nightmares.

But this is different. Its not just "any" film:.
Most people I know do not care to see it.. and the one I know personally who did - hated it.
I see there cant be any consensus on whether its "good or bad".. the views differ here, just as they do in the general reviews. It's a personal reaction .
In spite of my hesitation-I still feel drawn to it. I've decided to "try" viewing..
If I can stomach it, and sit through it, I feel I may really take something very lasting and postive away from this powerful film.
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Old April 29th, 2005, 02:22 PM
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I would not have gone to a movie theatre to see the movie but I did download it and watch it. I hated it! In parts, I fast forwarded. I know we have much violence on our TV screens and that well the actual story at least according to the four gospels - and they were big on allegories and teaching and not fact so much - was very violent. BUT I abhored the violence. I think the story could have been told minus that much violence.

I actually did find it anti semetic or at least I could see where someone who is Jewish would be upset. It certainly painted the Jewish leaders in a bad light when they were doing the bidding of the Romans. And it was a few Jewish Leaders who were the problem but watch the movie and you think that all Jews in that time era were in favour of giving up Jesus to the Romans.

I did rather like the Aramaic and Latin. I studied Hebrew in Israel - a stint on a kibbutz one summer - and I barely recall anything I learned but I actuallly understood some of the words because Aramaic and Hebrew have some similar words so that was kewl! Othersise, it is two thumbs down for me.
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Kayla there is a South Park spin off of the Passion of the Christ? What is it about?

It's called "Passion of the Jew". There's a few funny parts to ths film. Mel Gibson is an egotistical masochistic freak who wants to be tortured. Kyle, South Parks token jewish character, sees the movie and feels guilty for being Jewish and wants his synagogue to apologize to the church. He admits that Cartman (who always makes fun of his Jewish heritage) that he was right all along and that Jews are evil. The whole town becomes a cult of Passion of the Christ followers.. You know, the usual completely un-PC South Park stuff. I don't think it was ever shown on tv though, I rented it. I only recommend it to those who don't get offended easily!

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Well, there is that fishstick on eBay, which not only proves that he exists, but he's tasty and lowers cholesteral!
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Schwinn...
I would not watch it,I cannot abide with,or watch really violent movies...although I like the man playing Jesus,I will not even attempt to spell his name
I would like to see Hotel Rwanda,probably also violent,but I'll wait until it's out on CD,then I can fast forward...
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Hey Shamrock, i watched this movie on Good Friday one year ago with my good friend who is a christian. I was very moved by Mel Gibsons portrayal of the story of Christ. Every movie is going to have a certain angle or slant to it, depending on how the movie producer wants to depict the story. I try to stay pretty neutral in the religion department, I have my own beliefs, and try to respect those of others, but what i will say, is that i found the movie very powerful, overwhelming, passionate, realistic... and it had to be all these things. A man named Jesus Christ existed and suffered these terrible terrible tortures. Mel Gibsons depiction of the torture was unfortunately very realistic, which was too much to bear for some viewers... but that was to get us to see the dreadfully cruel reality of what happened to Jesus so long ago...and to make us cry inside at the humbleness of this man, make us realise the power of the story of his life, and why he has so many followers today all around the world. I would recommend when you are ready to watch it, to do so... but make sure you watch it with someone, and have a box of tissues ready... Also, it made me realise alot of things. Finally i understood why the persecution of the Jews happened in the world, alot of curiosity within myself has led me to explore this subject further, but it all stems from biblical times.
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