|"You have heard it said you shall love your |
neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say
to you, love your enemies and pray for those
who persecute you. For if you love only those
who love you, what reward is there in that?"
The movie beings with the Agony in the Garden right after the Last Supper where Jesus of Nazareth (Jim Caviezel) is praying while his disciples are asleep. It is obvious that Jesus knows that the time has come for him to make the inevitable sacrifice which he was born to make as he keeps praying to his father. This is when Jesus gets arrested as he is betrayed by Judas who arrives with the temple guards to capture him. From the moment of his arrest starts the inhuman torture that he went through right till the end. There are no limits on showing the cruel ways in which he was beaten and abused. You can say that watching it is a lot to handle but I guess this is how it must have happened. The high priest Caiaphas (Mattia Sbragia) who initiated the arrest and rooted for his crucifixion exhibited no emotions and did everything possible to put an end to his existence. I advise you to be familiar with the events that led to his crucifixion in order to understand the plot as director Mel Gibson doesn't show much about them. Jim as Jesus has delivered a splendid performance with less words and more emotions. His part as the sufferer is central to the movie and he has executed it with utmost brilliance. Mary (Maia Morgenstern) provides with a stellar performance as a helpless mother who has to witness her son go through all the torture. Mary Magdalene (Monica Bellucci) and John (Christo Jivkov) support her and share the agony she has to face. Like I mentioned earlier it's handy to know the events which led to Jesus' crucifixion to understand this movie better, for eg. there is a flashback scene in which Mary Magdalene first meets Jesus laying at his feet as he saves her from being stoned. It just shows the high priests throwing the stones away and leaving, the fact that Jesus had said, "let he who is sinless cast the first stone," is not shown.
|"Forgive them, father. They know not what they do."|