'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.
The head of the Anti-Defamation League, whose job it is to point out and squash any anti-Jew sentiment, SAW the film and said that it is NOT anti-semitic. What more do you need to hear? History is history, and this is one director's view.
If you object to a movie, you shouldn't go see it. I generally don't like violent movies, so I probably won't see this. But, Mel Gibson is entitled to make any kind of movie he wants - he has the means to - whether people see it, like it, or decide never to go to one of his movies again is one of the possible outcomes.
I am looking forward seeing this film. I have seen film holocaust and other films regarding killing many Jews and other people and nobody hates the German nationality for that. We are living in the new cilvilization era, people can figure out how to react correctly. Some people are so sensitive about some un-issues things. Be chilled and enjoy the film.
I will likely rent it when it comes out on DVD... I don't know what all the hub-bub is about. If you are offended by one man's interpretation of Biblical events, simply create your own. After all, that's what religion is all about.
Four Words: It's only a movie
Three words: Get a Life
Why are people so angry about this film? Haven't you seen 'Stigmat..' or other anti-christian films?
Why is Mel Gibson's portrayal any different than the religious scholars out there who have interpreted the Gospels according to their religions down through the years? I think if Mel Gibson has done his homework on this and I believe he has, then there isn't really any cause for so much controversy. People always need to have something controversial to talk about and rant and rave about. Every human being born on this Earth is responsible for Jesus dying on the cross.
Cheryl, Halifax MA
Sure it's a film. But it's also touches on historic racism. I for one, am uncomfortable with the depiction of Jews by the Christian churches. This just feels like it's adding more fuel to a fire that many of us are trying to stamp out. I don't care how "good" it is, from the sounds of it, this film is anti-semetic.
12 hours of torture compressed in 2 hours of film. Bring it on, to quote our Commander in Chief. Sounds like two solid hours of torture for the audience.
Does anybody believe that people would have paid $9.50 to find out "who really killed Jesus" without all this controversy? It's just hype... and marketing.
What is the worst possible consequence of Gibson's film? That a few blockheads who are already predisposed towards violent anti-semitism might vandalize and assault Jewish targets? Should we allow free speech to be curtailed by the worst among us? And what about the better possible consequences? What if upon being confronted with uncomfortable, differing viewpoints, people of varied religious backgrounds finally think and talk about important subjects they had previously avoided?
Stephen, Maynard, MA