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'Passions of The Christ'

The controversial Mel Gibson movie is set for a theatrical release on Feb. 25. No one has seen it yet, but everyone seems to have strong feelings about this film.

What are your thoughts on the film? Will you see it? Will you boycott it? Maybe you think it's just a film, and all this hub-bub is unnecessary. Let us know.

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The most disappointing thing I've heard about this film is that it largely ignores Jesus' healing ministry and focuses on the gore of his last hours. I don't think I need to see a detailed reenactment of a crucifixion to get that Jesus suffered. What about the three years he spent healing people, forgiving people, praying for all of us? I guess that's not controversial enough or over-the-top enough to merit a film.

Christine, MA

I'd like to know if Mel Gibson is planning to donate all the profits from "Passion" to the Catholic Church? After all, Gibson claims he was inspired by the "holy ghost" to make the film...and face it, folks, it isn't "just a movie" to him or to millions who will view it.

I will see it just for the sake of argument, but it IS an obscene, carnal bloodbath, and Christians as well as Jews should be highly offended by it, and even more offended by Mel Gibson, who is nothing more than an overpaid Hollywood actor to whom way too much attention is being paid. But the majority of Americans can't seem to distinguish fantasy from reality and pulp trash from great literature.

Cheryl, Brookline, MA

When a Christian kills a Christian why isn't than anti-Christian?

Put it in perspective Puuullleeeaaaassseeeee.


AJ, Berlin CT

I intend to see the film. The extent of the violent depiction of Christs last hours is just something that most people have not though about. He was beaten. He was whipped. He was executed. A person does not go through this treatment and look like they just took a bath.

The bible does describe these things it is a matter of building a mind picture with the description.

He died for our sins. Our sins are not a very pretty picture.

Rick, Plymouth

My issue is not the topic matter, per se. My concern is that mel gibson keeps claiming that this film is historically accurate, rather than what it is -- an interpretation of the visions of a nun (who was a noted anti-semite) and of the writings of the Bible, not history. He has said in the past (in recent articles/interviews he's tempered his speech) that this film is God speaking through him. So he's not claiming that it's art, or interpretation -- he really wants viewers to believe that it's a historically accurate depiction.

The story of the Passion (and the blaming of Jews-at-large for the crucifixion of Jesus) was the excuse used for centuries of anti-Jewish persecution -- including the Spanish Inquisition. Even the Catholic Church has acknowledged this. And in the current international (and local!) super-Evangelist political climate, it seems unwise to release a film that claims to be historically accurate re: a volatile issue (deicide), but is not. I am unimpressed with Mel Gibson's insensitivity to this issue.

Besides, I'm not that interested in watching a film that is as violent as "The Passion" supposedly is. How any parent would take his or her child to see this film is beyond my understanding.

j, jamaica plain

I think it's inappropriate to call Mel Gibson anti-Semitic. He's an artist, and what he's done is offered a production that reflects his beliefs on a given subject matter, much like any artist. I guess my only concern is that there will be plenty of poeple in this country who will see this movie and blindly accept it as (forgive the pun) gospel truth. Which it is, depending on which gospel you read.

Gibson's portrayal, from the many articles I've read, seems to focus on a very limited body of evidence that aims to give one view of what happened. There are many others that are less inflammatory. I only worry about his ability to shape the minds of people who are given to having their minds shaped. Anti-Semitic? No. Irresponsible? Possibly. I will see it though, because I think it's a bit over the top to boycott it. Discussion is always a good thing.

AJ, Boston

Isn't it time that we evolve beyond all this fighting about religion? The only people who know if the movie is anti-Semitic are people who have seen it, which is none of us. I'll probably go see it at some point, if only to compare it to other Biblical films such as "The Ten Commandments" and "Life of Brian." I will be put off from other Mel Gibson movies in the future because I find his fundamentalist views and the fact that he told a critic that he wanted to kill his dog frightening. I don't want to give him any more money to be the Hollywood equivalent of the guy on the street handing out pamphlets that say "Where do you want to spend eternity?"

AD, Brookline

Will I see the film? From what I've read about the film, which is a lot, no. It seems Gibson has elevated suffering to be the far-and-above central theme to the Passion of Christ, to the exclusion of its transformation.

Peter, Cambridge

I do not intend to see "The Passion of The Christ", only becuaee I know from my faith and from my upbringing that Christ died HORRIBLY for our sins, therefore why do I need to see it? I know Jesus dies in a terrible way, in order to save us all, so why do I have to see what I already believe?

George, Leominster

IHOw can I possibly judge something unless I see it? I am well familiar with the Gospel accounts of the Passion and Death of jesus (it is read at Churches during HOly Week).

I have never read the gospel accounts and then harbored anti-semitic feelings towards Jews. It really makes no sense. After all, we know that even today, many people are very angry at Church leaders becasue of sex abuse coverups (and rightly so), but I do not see where people take it out on any Catholics. It is the same thing. I like to see the positive in the Passion: I see that Jesus suffered and died for us so that, we have the possibility of salvation. I do not see it in a guilty way - that my sins are to blame for Jesus' death. Jesus was a Jew and Christians believe that He is the fulfillment of the Jewish promise from God - of a Messiah. He died for everyone, so it makes no difference what color we are or where we come from. He is present to all if we so desire Him.

The movie rendition of the Passion? I have no judgment until I see it myself. I am sure if will affect everyone in their own unique way. That is what Jesus is about.

B , Boston

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