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Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Have you seen Passion of the Christ yet? If not... you can probably save yourself a few bucks if you aren't already a pretty serious Christian. For Christians, it's a graphic (VERY GRAPHIC) depiction of the suffering that Christ went through to redeem the Jews who would become Christians, and since it's such a central part of their religion, having such a visceral recounting of it can be an uplifting, changing experience.

For non christians, it's boring as fuck. Seriously boring as fuck. Over 2 hours, and not a shred of real plot. It's really 100 minutes plus of beating Jesus like he was a particularly trunculant baby seal.

Also, the biblical inaccuracies were amusing, notably the fact that Jesus destroying the temple was METAPHORICAL. There is no earthquake that breaks the temple in half.

Also, the portrayal of the head Pharisee was wildly inaccurate. In the Bible, he doesn't want to crucify Jesus out of blood lust, but decides to sacrifice him to keep the people happy so revolt doesn't boil over and to keep the community intact. "Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not."

Not exactly the most flattering portrayal, but far better than the bloodthirsty raving asshole presented in the Passion.







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