i watched it bootleg
my brother came from work the other night and gave me the DVD he had bought off some kid on the street for $2.50! my whole family watched it and i avoided it til finally...i felt guilty. kinda like avoiding church or something. so there i was on the computer; viewed it from the corner of my eye with the volume down low. i have a hyperactive imagination and no tolerance for such films. so bad when i was a kid i had nightmares for months after accidently walking in on my dad watching Roots. a scene where some foot chained slaves are being forced to sit on fire and then branded like cows. when i heard "Passions" was hella graphic i just couldn't.
i'm glad i watched it though (i sure as hell couldn't have sat in a theater and viewed it, clear, bigger than life and with sorround sound that's for sure. i got freaking nauseaus as it was, at home). highly recommend it. it does have it's discrepancies, i agree. more, we all have our own personal beliefs as to how that all went down. what makes it an astounding film is that presenting that material is like beating a dead horse. it doesn't face most people anymore to see a movie about Christ. sad to say. like sitting in church and thinking about your grocery list while the sermon goes on. it goes over people's heads. Mel gibson literally grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you. makes you SEE it. puts it in your face. even if the rest of the story line is invalid, seeing Christ getting beat, trying to carry the cross and getting nailed...that all hits a cord. if you believe at all or have the least bit of humanity in you, you can't help but reflect: Dang!! i never would've thought, i had forgotten, forgive me Lord, etc.
i just got my nipple pierced. after i watched my friend get a double piercing in her tongue. i was squimish about the whole deal but when i saw that movie it made realize how insignificant that and some of my daily ails are. i've begun to think on a whole different level because of that film. it'd been a LONG time for me that i'd felt honest faith. in anything. it is a powerful movie. drags you back.