it didnt move me, shock me or challenge me.
'Where's the incite?'
I'm not sure if you intended to spell insight as incite, but its a clever piece of wordplay that sums up my impression of this film...
There was alot of violence, yes, but it didn't do a thing for me. I've heard alot of people say that it was the most violent thing they'd seen, well, i've seen worse. I may be wrong, but Gibson has got a good grasp of his core audience, and understands that many of those coming to see this film will be the same sort of people who would never knowingly watch something so bloody. Therefore, in my cynical view, he can afford to turn up the levels of sadism... And this is where the film hits a snag for me, in attempting to show that jesus took our punishment, he turns him into a mute mannakin, a rag doll that barely seems human. At least in 'The Last Temptation' you had a jesus you could relate to, someone who was actually nearer to you. But then maybe that wasn't the point.
In fact this violence thing really didn't work for me. Interestingly enough, the religious right who have, in the past, denounced George Romero or Peckinpah for their use of violence, were actually going out of their way to praise 'The Passion...' for its 'boldness'. Would these same people go any watch the 'Dawn Of The Dead' remake right after?
There's also the question of the film itself, i'm obviously not part of Gibson's model audience (not religious, in part anti-hollywood, sceptical of Gibsons 'talents') but I applaud any film-maker who has such incredible passion for making a film, and is willing to personally finance it. But the thing that struck me the most was how conventionally 'hollywood' it was, although there was violence that wouldn't of worked in the normal film, and the use of aramaic (which i felt was only there to mask the appalling script), this was a film that clearly stuck to a typical film structure (flashbacks, invisible editing, obvious religious symbolism) and consequently after leaving the cinema I remember precisely the same amount as I did after walking out of 'Starsky And Hutch'... POPCORN