The Passion of the Christ movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s not for kids or young teens, but EVERYONE will find the film extremely difficult to watch, graphic and disturbing. It’s powerful, but very full-on.


In the twelve final hours of the lord and saviour Jesus Christ, He is brutally crucified in Jerusalem, but not before a last act of grace.

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Movie details

Director: Mel Gibson
Cast: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Sergio Rubini, Christo Jivkov, Rosalinda Celentano
Writer: Mel Gibson, Benedict Fitzgerald
Release Date (Australia): 25 February 2004
Runtime: 127 minutes/2h 7m
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Language: Aramaic, Latin, Hebrew


Themes (MA15+)

The film features prolonged disturbing scenes depicting scourging, torture, crucifixion and suicide, as well as multiple depictions of Satan.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features prolonged scenes of torture including depictions of whipping, beating and crucifixion, accompanied by graphic depictions of bloody injury detail and spurts of blood.

Coarse Language (G)

The film includes a use of the word “damn”.

Nudity (G)

A man’s lower buttocks are briefly viewed in a non-sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for sequences of graphic violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This phenomenally powerful but realistically brutal depiction of the final hours of Jesus’ life will leave everyone wounded and rattled by the full-on portrayal of torture. It’s a film that will definitely move you, but should never be introduced to the faint-hearted.

Mel Gibson’s and Jim Caviezel’s efforts within their roles of direction and performance are very persuasive. And what’s loveable about the entire film is how painful, breathtaking and lifelike it is. The Passion of the Christ is exactly what you’d expect from a flawlessly-designed masterpiece; moving, uplifting, stunning and owning a very strong sense of power. However, the let-down of it all is its significant but dragging pace. It truly could’ve been better if it were a little bit faster.

The depiction of the brutality is also very effective, but is hugely tough to witness. The fact that Jesus went through scourging and the entire process of crucifixion for the forgiveness of our sins will attach to the audience. But it certainly wouldn’t be uncommon if you were disturbed and shielded your eyes during the prolonged moments of vicious violence.

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