Movie Review: "The Passion of the Christ"
by Vince Page
I took the 9th Grade Sunday School class to see "The Passion of the Christ " on February 29th and I must say that it was a very intense movie. If you have ever wanted to be there when Christ walked the earth to see for yourself what happened, this movie definitely achieves the objective. The movie starts in the Garden of Gethsemane when Christ is praying and all the apostles fall asleep on him, but you feel like you are there, just as you do throughout the entire movie.
This movie also fills a void in the lineup of Christian movies that I have seen since it is the only one which truly makes us appreciate the suffering that Christ underwent for our sake. All other movies I have seen on Christ's Passion tend to sterilize the experience and protect us from the torture that Christ willingly endured for us. Although I will not want to view this movie again very soon, I am glad I saw it once. The Stations of the Cross will never again be the same for me; I will never again take them for granted as I have in the past. This is a good thing, and for this reason alone I am recommending the movie to all my friends and family.
The scenes involving Christ's torture are very realistically done and very historically accurate. The "cat of nine tails" that he is scourged with at the pillar is a true reproduction of the device used not only by the Romans, but by seafaring captains in the days of sailing ships as well. In my opinion, a teenager should be able to watch and appreciate Christ's suffering in this movie, but pre-teens should wait. It's simply too much for them.
The reports we all heard of the films' anti-Semitism are very baffling. Not once during the entire film did it ever occur to me that I was watching any anti-Jewish bigotry. On the contrary, the real bad guys who seemed to enjoy everything they were doing to Jesus were the Romans. These are the guys I wanted to kick in the groin. Too bad none of them are left.
The bottom line is that this is not a movie you will enjoy, but it is a movie you will appreciate, and I feel that it will move you closer to Christ by making you able to appreciate his suffering more than you ever have in the past.
Take heed, though. Even blockbuster movies like this one usually don't last more than two or three weeks at the theater, so be sure to see it before it's gone.
Vince Page is the Communications Director for the Texas State Constitution Party and is a District Deputy for the Texas State Knights of Columbus. He can be e-mailed at email@example.com
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