As for the movie, The Passion Of The Christ, it was something of a shocker horror type film, in my opinion. After watching it, I was left with the gross reality of man's inhumanity to man and nothing more, except to say, boy did the Jesus in the movie sure get it. In all honesty, it no more made me want to become a follower of Christ than it made me want to be a Prefect of the Roman Empire. Nor, of course, did it make me want to become a fan of Mel Gibson.
As you may have read or heard, many people were mesmerized by the movie while watching it. Like being entranced or programmed. To say the least, it was very disturbing. Even more so, the major conflict I found with the whole thing was the hypocrisy of the Christians that chastise horror flicks like Kill Bill or Hannibal, while praising "The Passion Of The Christ". Their argument is that it is what Jesus really went through, so it is OK. With this logic, doesn't Hannibal depict real life violence committed by serial killers against innocent victims? It is much like comparing the story of Jeffery Damer with that of Jesus Christ. After all, many biblical scholars came forth and stated that The Passion had many flaws in historical storyline. A flawed recreation at best, so exactly what is the difference?
One question I asked myself was did it really need to have the extreme violence present in the movie in order to move people. I believe it did. In this society there needs to be extreme violence and horror in order for most people stay focused. As for Mel Gibson's rendition of the crucifixion of Jesus, he needed to meet people on that level. However, in my estimation, he over did it a bit, especially with regard to some of the beating and barbarism committed against him. In reading any number of the gospels, a large amount of the scenes didn't even coincide. The fact is, Gibson needed to seer the movie into the viewer's memory to impact their point of view. To force fright and shock in order for them to "come to this so-called truth and realization".
The movie was nothing more than a good example of a shock film. One like you would watch about drinking and driving. Showing the accident scene with bodies strewn about. In all it's blood and gore. The extremeness of the event coupled with the carnage. It is the fright, fear and shock that this forces one to comply. To understand, to be one with, and to feel the pain.
Most people that went spiritedly to this movie wanted to see it, as they were either Christ curious or already followers. Those that went on a whim were probably more interested in the hype over violence and controversy, than the truth behind this man referred to as Jesus. While still many others went just because they had a free ticket.
Through it all, regardless of the story, if this was remotely a campaign stunt to convert the masses to Christianity, it will fail. There will still be the same amount of believers that came out that went in. And a debate will still continue over the truth behind the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. The reality is, this movie is not anything to make one want to believe in Jesus as the one and only savior, but more so to teach a valuable lesson; it is not nice to nail people to crosses, because after-all, it hurts.