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Mark Atwood
My review of The Passion of Christ
I got back a few hours ago from seeing The Passion of Christ with an out-of-town friend, KoryC. (I've known Kory since high school, and he was the one who suggested I apply to work here at Digeo.)

It was something I found to be worth seeing. Once.

If you are a Christian of almost any stripe, or are interested in that faith (as opposed to Christians as a social or political force), it's worth seeing. If you are not, it is not.

Tho I couldn't help shake the feeling that I was missing about five thousand Catholic references. My own native religious tradition asserts that all of the "heavy lifting" to happen on the terrestrial sphere took place in the first 5 minutes and last 90 seconds shown in the film.

Why it didn't get an NC-17 for violence I will never know. It certainly was not, in any way, unrealistic or cartoon violence. It was very realistic, very visceral (literally literally "viscera"l). I guess one could argue that 25 years of the vile gory splatter-fest movie genre has had one good outcome, that it advanced the state-of-the-art in movie makeup SFX to be able to show what the aftermath of a Roman scourging would look like.

Also a thumbs up for the portrayal of the Adversary. They managed to put together a character design that was, at the same time, beautiful, and repulsive.
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memegarden From: memegarden Date: March 5th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)


I have read that the actor ended up with a lengthy scar from the two actual whip lashes that hit him (missed the board on his back they were supposed to hit). Also hypothermia and a dislocated shoulder. Effectively, only some of the violence is simulated. If the victim had been anyone but Jesus, I am certain the same scenes would have earned NC-17. Especially if they were portrayed as consensual!
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