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The Passion of the Christ is a powerful movie and elicits passion from supporters and detractors alike. Covering the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life it seeks to give an authentic look in to that pivotal time. John and Cory close out this triple with a powerful movie. Come along for the journey.

The Passion:

Passion in this context is the suffering and death of Christ. Jesus (Jim Caviezel) is in the garden praying. His disciples Peter (Francesco De Vito) and John (Christo Jivkov) are awoken from sleep by Jesus and asked to pray.

Meanwhile, Judas (Luca Lionello) is meeting with the high priest Ciaphas (Mattia Sbragia), Annas (Toni Bertorelli) and the religious leaders.  The negotiate the betrayal of Jesus.  The guards take Judas to the garden where Judas betrays Jesus.

Jesus is taken to the courts of the high priest and many come to accuse him but none can agree.  During this time Jesus’ mother Mary (Maia Morgenstern), Magdalen (Monica Bellucci) and John arrive and this begins their following of Jesus until the end.  Peter is there as well and while their he denies Jesus three times. Jesus says he is I Am and the court finds him guilty and takes him to the Romans.

Pontius Pilate (Hristo Shopov) and his wife are disturbed when Jesus is brought in.  Pilate’s wife wants him to have nothing to do with Jesus.  Pilate questions Jesus and asks questions of Ciaphas & Annas.  Then he sends him off to Herod to let him judge.  Herod questions Jesus with no answers given and sends him back to Pilate.  Pilate does his best to free Jesus but the religious leaders threaten revolt if Jesus is free.  Jesus is punished harshly and then presented back.  But the leaders have stirred up the crowd and nothing but crucifixion will do.  Pilate washes his hands and sends Jesus to his death.

Jesus bears his cross and makes the long trip to the spot of crucifixion.  Along the way, he is met with derision and kindness intermingled. Joseph of Arimathea helps him carry the cross.

Broken, bloody and suffering Jesus is nailed to the cross.  Mary, Magdalen, and John watch and interact with Jesus as they can.  All this time we have seen Mary suffer as she watches her son being tortured and slowly killed.  Jesus commands John to care for her.  The one of the thieves derides Jesus and wants him to free them all.  The other recognizes his sin and asks Jesus to remember him.  Jesus completes his work on the cross and dies.  The world is changed and even more so when he rises on the third day.

Summary:

The movie is powerful and hard to watch at times.  It deserves its’ R rating.  I don’t agree with all of the treatment of the story (personification of Satan being an issue), but it is a powerful story.  As a person of faith, this movie helps me to visualize what Jesus went though to save me. For that I am thankful.  I will say that the acting was very powerful.  Having the dialogue be in ancient languages keeps the focus on the visual telling of the story and the acting.  While this movie is not for everyone it is powerful and worth viewing.

Add It To Your Library:

Get the movie from Amazon

Music:

The score was done by John Debney. Here is the “Raising The Cross” from the movie.

Buy the Expanded 10th Anniversary score from Amazon.

 

Name That Movie:

The clue this week was:  We left off with Austin Powers trilogy. It also featured Michael York. Michael York had a lead role in this dystopian future film from 1976
Which lead us to the following trilogy: The movie is  “Logan’s Run.”
The next Triple: Is “Dystopian Futures from the 70s.” We will be discussing “THX1138,” “Death Race 2000″ and “Logan’s Run.”

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