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Saw it tonight. I can't even comment. Don't have the words. Go see it, do not deprive yourself of this.
I cried almost continutally for two hours. I have never seen people in such silence exiting a cinema.... I didn't think I would feel a different person after seeing that last night but I do. Its pretty hard to explain but somehow I just feel closer to God than I ever have. I pray every morning but today I rose extra early, I couldn't get that picture out of my head. I cried on the way to work.
I have never been touched by a movie as I was by this. The violence was horrific, but that is not what I will remember the most - it is the love shown between Christ and His mother, between Christ and the apostles, and the Love Christ showed for me - and it was that personal for me. If anyone had told me that amidst all the violence, that the thing I would experience and remember the most was Christ's love, I would not have believed them, but that is what I felt, and still feel.
The movie wrecked me. It stripped me down emotionally and intellectually. It made me shake, cry and flinch, even jump at times. But, at the end, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and calm that I cannot begin to describe.
Mr. Gibson did the right thing in depicting the Passion in this manner. All we can do is watch and listen. We can not smell the blood. We cannot experience the raw, basic, emotions that were running rampant at the time. After all, if you or I can not get a decent understanding of Christ Jesus' physical suffering, how will we ever have an inkling of the deeper suffering that Christ underwent on behalf of you and me?
It is an incredible movie. Very powerful, graphic and thought provoking. Is it worth seeing? Certainly! Is it worth discussion within the congregation? Without a doubt! Will I see it again? Yes!
I found it much more impacting and important for reminding us all just how much He went through to "take on all sin". From our 2000 year-old perspective, it's so easy to minimize that. We can't conceive of the beating He took... of the torment He was put through. And He did it for me... It was pretty awesome.
My wife and I have a son who is 29 years old. I saw HIM being in Christ's place and me having to watch him being tortured. It left me with a greater appreciation for what Mary went through.
I found nothing in the God of this movie to love, worship, dedicate my life to. The impression I received was that Jesus was begging God for succor and was ignored. See the movie. It's visually stunning, impeccably acted, and all the details are top-notch. But be prepared not to like it.
I thought this Gibson production was an obscenity -- an orgy of sado-masochism. It was two hours of unnecessary violence with 4 moments of Christs love -- totally inexcusable... Instead of coming away thankful to Jesus for taking my sins, I felt dirty and wanted to to take a bath for even watching the atrocious actions on this screen. If any one of my sins led to this kind of suffering for Jesus I claim it back and I will gladly face hell rather than have one lash put on him.
I cried (sobbed) through a good majority of it. The acting was great, the stunts, music, etc. As a movie I thought it was very well done. As far as accuracy, I think it did a good job. After seeing it I still do not see why there is all the fuss... The ending though, pretty much sucked. Ten seconds of Him sitting in the dark tomb. Not the glory that the Ressurection really is. Overall, I loved it.
Michelle The Rebellious R-rated movie watching Mormon :)
We left the theater feeling physically assaulted and drained. I want to meditate on it some more. I don't know exactly what I think of it yet. It is definately a movie for Christians, more so than unbelievers.
My soul feels squeezed and I'm slightly depressed.
I did view it as one, long, arduous, gut wrenching, emotional 2 hour prayer. That's sort of how I felt leaving. Drained, having encountered The Truth, saddened, disturbed, resolved.
It's a lot to sort out. Under the morass in my head there's still the Jesus Whom I know. I've got to dredge the swamp and deal with the rotted stuff that will come to life. this movie didn't shake my faith, cause me to doubt, or, conversely, make me want to run back into the arms of Holy Mother RCC. (Heaven forfend!) It was Mel's expiation. If his desire was to make the audience feel horrified, culpable, and angry at a God Who would cause all that, then he succeded admirably.