Throughout this web site, we attempt to explain all sides to each topic. This
is one of the few exceptions. Here, I express my own opinions.
I viewed the movie on the afternoon of 2003-FEB-26, one day after it first
opened in North America. My thoughts:
I was distressed at the number of mothers who appear to have taken their
young children out of school and brought them to view the movie. I feel that young children should not be exposed to that level of violence and
abuse. My opinion is that taking a young child to the movie is a form of child abuse. I
realize that many people disagree with this position.
After reading media reviews of the movie, I was expecting audible
emotional reactions from the audience. None occurred.
There was an excessive emphasis on extreme violence, blood and gore in
the movie. That amount of pain, cruelty, and injury was, in my opinion,
unwarranted and not in accordance with the historical events as they
The movie went way beyond the Gospels. They portrayed Pilate as a very
compassionate and kind person.
I was distressed at the portrayal of Jews in the movie. The Temple
leadership appeared to be motivated by pure hatred of Yeshua. The common
folk appeared to act like an unruly mob. I thought that the morphing of two
young Jewish boys into demons was an anti-semitic image.
There were many scenes that were invented by the playwrights, and did
not come from the Bible. There were many events within biblical scenes that
were similarly invented. I suspect that many people will believe that the movie
is an accurate portrayal of real events. They will,
for example, believe that Mary, the mother of Yeshua, actually helped him
when he was dragging the cross through the Jerusalem streets, that Satan
appeared throughout the passion, that the scourging was accurately
I was surprised by the many historical inaccuracies in the movie.
My main thought after leaving the movie was how little we have
progressed since the first century CE. Some countries
still execute people.
The one thought that dwelled in my mind for hours afterwards was the
realization that Yeshua's experience was far from unique. Many many
thousands of humans -- mainly rebellious slaves, insurrectionists, and
terrorists -- during the Roman era went through the same experience of being
tortured to death on the stake/cross.
I fear that this movie will be used in much of the world to promote