The extent of the accuracy of the film was unbelievable. To have the entire movieâ€™s dialogue be in Aramaic was the most incredible thing. Before watching the film I though that Mel Gibson might massacre the story by exaggerating or falsifying aspects of it but he truly did stick to the historic Biblical version. The only thing that wasnâ€™t exactly known to be true is the idea of Lucifer appearing to Jesus throughout his ordeal but I would find it very possible that Lucifer be there watching Jesus suffer.
The definition of anti-Semitism is hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group. Does this film lead me to these feelings? In most ways, no. But being a Christian watching the Jewish high priests and crowds of Jewish people sentencing Jesus to his horrible death, I did experience hatred towards those people. Do I feel like the Jewish community of today is in anyway responsible for what happened? No. And so, I would argue that you had to have entered the film with feelings of Anti- Semitism to be able to have exited with those feelings.
I felt that as far as the issue of the goriness of the film, I understand why Mel Gibson felt it was necessary. As far as accuracy goes, that is the way we as Christians believe it played out. This was a way for society to view what Jesus went through for us, to what excruciating pain he suffered for our sins. How or where else would there be a better venue then through this film for us all to see the torture and be a little bit humbled about our own petty complaints. In many ways I felt like he took it a bit far to the point that I didnâ€™t want to watch but then I realized if he suffered that much couldnâ€™t I discomfort myself slightly and watch it?.
My personal reaction towards the film was positive and overwhelming. It was really strange to see the story come to life on film. I felt a little depressed afterwards.