The Passion

I watched Mel Gibson's film of "The Passion of Christ" last night. I had a number of preconceptions about it which were soon dismissed. My own view, is that it's an inspired piece of direction for which Gibson deserves universal recognition.

The film has been accused of portraying "gratuitous violence" but given the times, it's quite possible that his representation of the last hours of Jesus was as close to the historical experience of a condemned man as the camera would allow.

As a Catholic and student of the times, I accept that this is of course an "official" Gospel version of the story and I was impressed by the portrayal of Pontius Pilate, a man with a well-worn history of brutality, whose actions appear politically correct for the Gospel writer's Roman audience of the times, bearing in mind the persecution of Nero that would follow the first Christians.

Anyone who considers themselves a Christian, devout or lapsed, should make the efforts to see this this film, if only because it represents what we stand for or used to stand for as the cultural and religious descendants of Christianity in a Western world that has lost it's sense of faith and replaced its moral equilibrium with Premier League football and the Big Brother house.


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