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This must be the worst and least compelling movie I have ever seen. Aside from most of the story being completely made up, the cast was simply not believable and the dialogue was awful. Call me crazy, but I have a hard time believing anyone in first century Palestine saying to Jesus "Why don't you just say what the hell you mean?"
To call the acting terrible would be an insult to terrible acting. Were I not born a Christian I may very well believe, after seeing this movie, that Jesus was a gay pot-smoking hippie. The dialogue was trite and forced, with little resemblance to the Gospels. And any attempt at feeling was destroyed by what appeared to be actors simply going through the motions.
Not that all of this was the fault of the actors. The writers too, deserve much if not most of the blame. Who knew that Pilate was so manipulative and hated Jesus so much that he would plot with Caiaphas to trick Judas into betraying Him? Not only was there extra garbage like that thrown in there, but there were other more important events left out or glossed over. Like Jesus' death on the cross. Where were the two criminals? How about, "I thirst?" Did we forget "Woman, behold your son. Man, this is your mother?"
I can't possibly say enough bad things about this movie, so I will spare you. Two hours of this drivel. Two hours of my life I want back.
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