The Passion of the Christ

  • 18
  • Mel Gibson (2004)
  • US (SUB)
  • 121 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Compelling yet repetitive, shocking yet plodding, Mel Gibson's labour of love (replete with subtitled Latin and Aramaic dialogue) charts the last 12 hours of Jesus's life on Earth, from his betrayal by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane through to the most punishing depiction of the crucifixion ever mounted. Gibson's commitment to the material is tangible, the much talked about brutality is unflinching and the earthy atmosphere is expertly evoked. But Jim (credited as James) Caviezel's Jesus makes for an impenetrable figure, some of the imagery doesn't quite come off - the depictions of evil are borderline laughable - and the narrow focus does little to provide a context to Jesus's teachings and suffering. Daring, passionate film-making it may be, but the lasting impression is one of preaching to the converted.

Plot Summary

Religious drama co-written and directed by Mel Gibson, starring James Caviezel. Following his betrayal by the disciple Judas Iscariot, Jesus is arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane and condemned by Pontius Pilate to a savage and prolonged death by crucifixion at Golgotha.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jesus
Jim Caviezel
Mary
Maia Morgenstern
Mary Magdalene
Monica Bellucci
Caiphas, the High Priest
Mattia Sbragia
Pontius Pilate
Hristo Naumov Shopov
Claudia Procles, Pilate's wife
Claudia Gerini
Judas Iscariot
Luca Lionello
John
Hristo Jivkov
Peter
Francesco De Vito
Annas
Toni Bertorelli
Abenader
Fabio Sartor
Joseph of Arimathea
Giancinto Ferro
Barabbas
Pedro Sarubbi
Dismas
Sergio Rubini

Crew

Director
Mel Gibson

Other Information

Language: 
Aramaic, Latin +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Icon
Guidance: 
Contains graphic violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 26 Mar 2004
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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