The Passion Of Christ - 20th Century Fox (Blu-Ray)
One man changed the world forever. By his wounds, we were healed.
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST focusses on the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth''s life. The film begins in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after sitting the Last Supper. Jesus must resist the temptations of Satan. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is then arrested and taken within the city walls of Jerusalem where leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death.
Directed by Mel Gibson (Braveheart)--who funded the film himself and co-wrote the screenplay--The Passion of the Christ uses flashbacks to substantiate a handful of pertinent moments in Jesus'' life and teachings, such as the Sermon on the Mount and the Last Supper, as well as his relationships with his mother and his disciples. Still, the drama focuses on the seemingly endless torture inflicted upon Jesus by Roman soldiers at the urging of the Jewish crowd that considers him a blasphemer, despite the attempts of a sympathetic Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov) to spare him from death.
The faint of heart should be prepared for the brutal, barbaric beatings that Christ endures. Maia Morgenstern, Monica Bellucci, and Hristo Jivkov are touching as Mary, Magdalene, and John respectively, who are devastated by Jesus'' fate yet aware that they can do nothing to change it. Performed in Aramaic and Latin with English subtitles, Gibson''s labor of love is sure to prompt discussion and debate as to historical and Biblical fact.