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Politics, Religion, and Passionate Christians
Mar 02, 2004 07:26 AM 2335 Views
(Updated Mar 02, 2004 07:26 AM)





First, this review is limited to the title points. There are already three great reviews on this movie if you want more detail. My report is on the Politics, Religions and Passion of this movie and will be controversial. So don?t read it if you can?t take it.

Anti-Jewish has been screamed at the onset of this movie project by Mel Gibson from all angles of the liberal elite. The Passion to the amazement./dismay of anti-Christian media has now pulled in a higher grossing opening than any of the ?Lord of the Ring? movies (this despite Passion being shown in 700 less theaters). Perhaps, The Return of the King would have been a better title for ?The Passion? than the last LOTR movie. Passion may end up being the highest grossing movie in movie history, placing egg on a lot of people?s faces. I sure hope so, keep reading to see why.

Now lets look at a little history of this movie, Mel Gibson tried for a year to get some movie production company to help him produce it. Jews own most of Hollywood?s big movie production companies and most major newspapers too.

So with his back against a wall and a hard place, Mel decided to finance the whole venture himself. 25,000,000 out of his own pocket (and upwards of another 15-25 million in advertisement costs). A huge risk, but Gibson said he wanted this film to be made. He made a deal with an independent distributor (for a percentage of the gross) to get the movie into movie theaters. Independent films don?t on average stand against the big boys in Hollyweird (opps, I mean Hollywood).

Now, the odds are stacked against Mel, everyone in media and the movie business figured Gibson would lose his pants over this farce of a movie. Some said it might break even, but that Mel would never work in Hollywood again (that he would be blackballed and nobody would hire him). This was basically going to be the end of ole nutso Mel. A snowball had a better chance of surviving hell that M. Gibson had of working in Hollywood again. That is, until this week numbers started pouring in. Check the numbers yourself


Wednesday is not usually the best day to start a movie off, but Mel (who is Catholic) wanted Ash Wednesday to be the first day. 27 million on opening day, and all of sudden, the critics were stunned. But, many falsely and quickly predicted that sales would drop off sharply after opening day and never recoup.

When Thursday?s figures came out, there was a great sigh of relief in the anti-Christian camp, the numbers had dropped 44% (though, the critics had hoped for a 55% drop which is common in most cases) to around 15 million, still number one, but dropping fast. What the critics did not figure in was the viewing audience. People attracted to ?The Passion? were mostly non-movie goers, a lot older usually, and most worked, so going to a movie on Thursday is not easy for most of them. Friday was coming, and it was going to be a big shock to the naysayers.

Good Friday was a very Good Friday to Mel. The movie had regained its legs with people being able to attend without work interference. A 55% gain over the previous day?s take took Hollyweird by surprise. 23 million most everything still sold out, no room for more.

Saturday got even worse, for the naysayers, with more theaters showing it on more screens, it was huge, mega-huge with 33 million dollars profit. That was another 44% increase from Good Friday. But surely, Sunday lag and the Oscars on TV would be a big drop off day, so thought the anti?s. Hee Hee Hee?

Sunday arrived and was almost as big as Saturday. 28 million strong and the Oscars on TV were dismal. A five day week total of 125 million, unbelievable, simply unbelievable. They made fun of Mel numerous times on the Oscars, but I know they are ticked-off mad and I loved every minute of it. The Passion had no major stars in it, but it was grabbing Americans by the heart over and over again. Word of mouth is the biggest advertisement used. Good honest Americans that had gave up on Hollyweird and movies that poked fun of their conservative values, suddenly were venturing to theaters, some hadn?t seen a movie in 10 years or more. The sleeper had awaken, people written off by Hollywood weirdo?s for years were flocking to their local cinema.

The media and big movie producers are stunned. All there stunts of trying to demean Mel?s father (who believes the Holocaust was not as bad as history says). But to be fair, we all have a relative or two that believes strange things. The press tried it?s best to derails the movie with this silly game. Mel would not renounce his father for his strange beliefs, and good for Mel I say. Yes, Mel?s dad is pretty out there with his thoughts, but so what, do we denounce our own father because he has strange beliefs? Mel?s dad did not make the movie, Mel did.

Another big point the media played against the movie was the line from the Bible (see Matthew 27: 22-27). ?Then answered all the people, and said ??His blood be on us, and on our children??. From this the anti-Jewish charges are thrown about. Lets look at a few things. First does this say, ?The Jews killed Christ? (as the anti-Christians claim). Yes and No, yes if you can NOT see past your nose and lack any intelligence whatsoever. No, if you have half a notion of Jesus and his message. Lets examine a few things, First, who could kill Christ? NOONE could, all Jesus had to do was call out to heaven and thousands on thousands of angels would come to His rescue. We know from the Bible that ONE angel once killed 175,000 people by himself. If Jesus had not wanted to die for our sins, He would have not allowed it. NOONE can force Jesus to do anything He does not want to. NOONE. Period.

Second major point the press can?t seem to figure out. I as a Christian, thank God that Jesus was crucified. If Jesus had not been crucified, I would have NO chance of being forgiven of my sins. If I can?t be forgiven, then I can?t get into Heaven (God hates sin). If none (and I don?t care who) had crucified Christ and fore filled prophecy, then I would be lost forever as a sinner. The point of who did and who did not put Jesus on the cross is mute.

Continued in Comment Section.

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