I hate to say it, but I didn't care for execution of this movie at all. And, yes, I realize it's not the sort of movie you're supposed to ENJOY, but I just can't think of any reason for people to see it at all. I thought the idea of focusing almost exclusively on the torture Christ went through was a bit voyeuristic. I would've preferred Gibson put out a good movie about the life of Christ, rather than the death, because the guy has skills as a writer/director, without doubt. But, this is the story he wanted to tell. I will say that it is a very compelling movie. Even if you have no belief in Christ as the son of God, the movie does a great job of making him sympathetic as a person, not just a symbol. The film opens with a really moving scene that occurs just before his capture in which we see Christ as understanding what he must do, but still scared and begging God to not make him go through with it. A lot of the movie also focuses on Mary, simply as a mother watching her only son tortured and murdered. In one heartbreaking scene, Jesus collapses beneath the weight of his crucifix and Mary, looking on, flashes back to Jesus, as a small boy, falling and scraping his knee. She wants to comfort him like she did back then, but knows she can't. I won't lie that I cried pretty hard at this scene and a few others. One major problem with the film is that it requires a pretty good knowledge of the life of Christ and the nature of what happened that led up to his death. Now, for the major 3 things people are discussing with this movie... The violence. Unbelievable, just disturbing beyond words. This is the only movie I've ever seen that actually made me sick to my stomach at one point. The movie is about the violence, in a way, the purpose of the movie is to show the pains that Christ went through in detail, and it most definitely does that. There were many scenes where I said to myself 'well, at least it won't get worse than this', only to have the scene continue for another fifteen minutes. This is, without a doubt, the most violent movie I've ever seen. In all honesty, without going into too much detail, some of it seemed a little gratuitous and unnecessary, but they may well be historically accurate, which is what this movie was going for, I guess. If you are at all squeamish, do not watch this!!!!! The anti-Semitism. This was a total crock. I think it's safe to say that most people would accept that Christ at least existed, and that the details of his persecution and death in the Bible are accurate. The so-called anti-Semitism in the movie derives from the Temple guards capturing Jesus, and the head Priests demand he be put to death for claiming to be the Messiah. Thing is, I'm pretty certain this is historically accurate. Claiming this movie is anti-Semetic is like saying Glory was anti-Yankee or something. Obviously, if you want to see anti-Semitism, you'll find it, but if you want to see anything in any artform bad enough, you'll find it eventually. Very dumb, I think. As far as it being a 'fairy tale' or something, I addressed that above. Much like 'Last Temptation of Christ', this movie attempts to show Christ as more human than Holy Spirit and succeeds in this. There are maybe two instances that show Christ as anything more than a man. So, I don't know what to think about it. In the end, I was moved by what Christ went through as a man, but this didn't really affect me in a spiritual way. I couldn't imagine anyone changing religions as a result of this movie, and it certainly wasn't entertaining, so I'm kind of at a loss for what its purpose was. Anyone else seen it? I'd really like to discuss this movie.