I'm going to quote his entire review, 'cause it's short and I liked the whole thing. He Gets It. Mr. Cogill is the reviewer for Dallas' WFAA-Channel 8 (ABC/Belo) and has "The Big Movie Show" on the TXCN news network (only in Texas - yes, we have our own news network, thanks to Big Brother Belo!). By-the-bye, I've never been disappointed seeing a film on his recommendation. Though of course I just don't see that many films, period.
The Passion of the Christ
04:59 PM CST on Wednesday, February 25, 2004
By GARY COGILL / WFAA-TV
The Passion of the Christ is the most violent R-rated film I have ever seen. It's also an emotional, deeply touching movie-going event. Based on the New Testament Gospel accounts of the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus Christ, Mel Gibson's film is presented in Latin and Aramaic with subtitles, and it works.
Jim Caviezel plays Jesus with depth and astounding emotional range, from the Garden of Gethsemane all the way up the hill to the cross. His intense, humble Jesus has never been captured quite like this on film: a man who freely gives up his life and blames no one.
Gibson's film is deeply personal; it was even financed with his own money. What you can't see in this review are the non-stop, horrific images of beating and torture that play like an evil dream. Even Satan is represented, but so is Mary, the mother of Jesus, played by Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern, and you see the entire world of suffering on her face.
Biblical movies are often awkward, corny pageants. Gibson's film is just the opposite, with Oscar-worthy images by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. This is a daring movie that demands you pay attention, and it's worthy of discussion, both as a religious and a cinematic event. The Passion of the Christ is the finest film in its genre.