July 23, 2003

Have you heard all the hype and hoopla surrounding Mel Gibson's new film, The Passion? It's been in the news a bit of late (New York Newsday) (see also here (Washington Post), here (Charlotte Observer), and here (Christianity Today)). For the disconnected, Gibson has self-financed and directed what promises to be the most controversial religious film since The Last Temptation of Christ, a film on the betrayal, crucifixion, and death of Jesus written entirely in Aramaic, the language of the day. The controversy comes from the fact that Jewish leaders have condemned the an early draft of the script as anti-Semitic for portraying Jews as responsible for Christ's death.

Anyway...I watched the trailer online here at TheMovieBox.net today and the only comment I'll make right now is this: I'm incredibly eager to see this film. If the trailer is an accurate representation of the film, The Passion may be the most realistic portrayal of the "Cross Event" ever filmed.

In an interesting twist of fate, Gibson's film co-stars Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene. If you're following my recent Matrix obsession, you'll note the connection; Belllucci plays Persephone in The Matrix Reloaded and, presumably, in the third installment, The Matrix Revolutions. Persephone is a sentient program of questionable purpose who gets her name from Greek mythology's wife of Hades and queen of the underworld. "Fate," says Morpheus, "is apparently not without a sense of irony." Nor, apparently, is Hollywood. =)

(By the way, care to guess what the most watched film in history is?)


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