The Passion of the Christ

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Icon Productions Released 2004

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Director:
Mel Gibson
Released:
2004
Rating:
R

The Passion of the Christ follows the final 12 hours of Jesus Christ's (Jim Caviezel) life and the crucifixion on Calvary. Taken from the New Testament account of Jesus' last hours, with flashbacks to his life as a child and his brief ministry on Earth including the Sermon on the Mount and the Last Super, the film opens as Jesus is tempted in Gethsemane by Satan (Rosalinda Celentano). Judas Iscariot (Luca Lionella), once one of Jesus' apostles, has betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver and brings the temple guards to arrest him, identifying him with a traitorous kiss. The guards take Jesus to Pontius Pilate (Hristo Shopov), who gives the people the option of freeing Jesus or a criminal, the vile Barabbas (Pietro Sarubbi). When the crowd demands Jesus' death, Pilate washes his hands of the matter and the torture begins. Mel Gibson directed the controversial 2004 film that is presented in reconstructed Aramaic and Latin with subtitles. It was nominated for three Academy Awards and is the highest grossing non-English language film of all time.

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  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    If an age produces the renditions of classic stories that reflect those times, then The Passion of the Christ, which is violent, contentious, emotional, extreme and highly proficie...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    In effect, aspects of Gibson's creative makeup -- his career-long interest in martyrdom and the yearning for dramatic conflict that make him an excellent actor, coupled with his be...

  • 40

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    On its own, apart from whatever beliefs a viewer might bring to it, The Passion of the Christ never provides a clear sense of what all of this bloodshed was for, an inconclusivenes...

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