Passion Recut, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Toned-down, yet still brutal, re-editing of Mel Gibson's unflinching, at times profoundly moving, dramatization of the final agonizing hours of Jesus' earthly life -- as portrayed by Jim Caviezel -- from arrest to crucifixion and resurrection. The slightly tamer revision is missing roughly six minutes of the movie's bloodiest scenes -- specifically the scourging and crucifixion sequences -- softening the film's graphic nature a bit without eviscerating its emotional and spiritual poignancy. Even with the cuts, however, the cumulative effect is still too intense for young children and those sensitive to violence, though perhaps some parents may now feel it appropriate for older adolescents. Subtitles. Gory scenes of torture and crucifixion, a suicide and some frightening images. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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