This movie does not preach; it doesn’t try to convince you one way or the other who or what Jesus was. It’s not even entertaining in the traditional Hollywood sense. It’s not your typical Hollywood epic like The Ten Commandments or The Robe. It’s more of an arts film. It is very intimate. It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or atheistic or a snake handler. This movie will hit you in the gut. It has themes about man’s inhumanity to man. It’s also about one man standing by what he believes to be true – no matter the cost – and enduring.
I found a story on the writer-director Gary Ross’ movie Seabiscuit, and a lot of what’s said about that movie could apply to The Passion. If the director of Seabiscuit thinks making a movie about a horse is a big story, then try making a movie about a man who changed the world and keeps affecting it some 2,000 years later!