The movie “Passion of the Christ” is so intense, so powerful, and so overwhelming, that it simply
must be experienced. This film may be seen as controversial, as many do not believe in the crucifixion,
however, there’s a powerful story shown through the movie. Jim Caviezel does a tremendous job
portraying the passionately gruesome role of Jesus Christ. Mel Gibson also does a fabulous job
producing and directing. This film is a depiction of the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth,
on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.
The story opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the
Last Supper. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed 'miracles' and has
publicly announced that he is 'the Son of God'--is arrested and taken back within the city walls of
Jerusalem. There, the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy;
subsequently, his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death. Jesus is brought before
Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Palestine, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations
leveled at Jesus by the Pharisees. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become embroiled in
a political conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus. However,
Herod returns Jesus to Pilate whom, in turn, gives the crowd a choice between which prisoner they would
rather to see set free--Jesus, or Barrabas. The crowd goes wild as they choose to have Barrabas set free.
Thus, Jesus is handed over to the Roman soldiers and is brutally stoned and beat. Bloody and
unrecognizable, he is brought back before Pilate who, once again, presents him to the thirsty crowd—
assuming they will see that Jesus has been punished enough. The crowd, however, is not satisfied; thus,
Pilate washes his hands of the entire dilemma, ordering his men to do as the crowd wishes. Whipped and...