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The Passion of the Christ
Short plot summary

Carpenters son, who is actually the son of God, is seen as a dangerous outcast so is tortured and then crucified on the whim of the mob.

What our panel of critics thought

"So, they called Jesus, Yeshua, then? Why do we call him Jesus? It's facts like this that sneak up on me in films like this that really ruin it all for me. Why oh why oh why do we call him Jesus?"

"At the risk of being put on some sort of terrorism list, and I feel uneasy even mentioning this, but did anyone else notice how much like Osama Bin Ladan, Jesus, looks on what presumably was the Sermon on the Mount bit?"

"Had they taken out the slow motion bits this movie would have been half an hour shorter."


Please tell me the ending or whole plot if necessary

Jesus is betrayed by Judas, who was paid by Jewish chiefs to turn him in to the Roman Guards.

On being arrested, Pontius Pilot doesn't really know what to do with his prisoner. Pilot sends Jesus to Herod for punishment, but Herod declines to do so.

So, Pilot sends Jesus to be punished on the understanding that he is not killed. However, those administering the whipping and cat-o-nine tailing go too far, they are visibly enjoying it and laugh at his suffering. This is all watched by the Jewish elders.

Fearing a riot, Pilot offers the crowd the opportunity to set Jesus or a mad looking murderer, Barabbas, free. Pilot is clearly surprised when the crowd, led again by the Jewish chiefs, call for Barabass' release.

Jesus is crucified, and God attacks those who attacked him. Jesus rises again.

Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review
Skilfully using flashbacks, Mel Gibson's movie gives us the gist of Jesus's philosophy and some of his teachings. This movie has become, and undoubtedly will continue to be, a movie that the Christian community uses as a way to emphasise what Jesus went through to expunge all 'our' sins. The Jews do come out of it badly though.

The movie is filmed in Hebrew.

Quotable quotes (real)
"I am the Way the Truth and the Life."
"Father forgive them"
"Into your hands I commend my spirit."
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