February 26, 2004

Fainting passion

I watched Gibson's The Passion of the Christ this afternoon, and I didn't expect to be so emotionally--and physically--affected. The physical effect is much more unique, however.

I fainted.

I was sitting in the theater, bearing the hours of Christ's torture and I got really hot and saw black spotches across my eyes, and I began to get incredibly dizzy.

I was sitting next to my guy pal, Matt. I said in the most theater-friendly voice that I could, "I think I am going to faint."

"What?" he said, looking over at me.

"I have to go."

So I got up in the middle of the nail-hammering scene and proceeded to the ladies room where I sat on the floor, my head between my knees, hoping to get the dizziness to subside.

After the dizziness left, I went back into my theater. Or so I thought. I couldn't find my seat, or Matt. I was in the wrong theater. There were three showings going on at the same time!! I looked everywhere in all of the theaters, but I didn't feel great about shouting, "Matt are you in here?" through the theater that was experiencing the Crucifixion. So I just sat down and watched the ending of one of the most moving, gruesome films I have ever seen.

As it turns out, Matt wondered where I was, so he left to look for me, and he missed the ending. I felt horrible.

We eventually found each other in the lobby.

I have never been physically sickened by a film, much less faint at one. I tend to think I can handle many things. I have even watched those surgeries on The Discovery Channel, but this was different.

I can't get over it. I still see the red. This isn't a bad thing, though. Not only expressing the horror and pain, the red makes me remember that I can be new again by its presence. What a wonderful thing.

And I loved it when the devil started screaming when Jesus died. What a contradiction between earthly and heavenly matters! That death was a victory.

And then the director. I think every director wants their film to be remembered; Gibson takes the savior's sacrifice past the dark theater, past the buttery lobby, and into our hearts for a long while. I admire his strength to keep this project going. His money has not been wasted.

I just wouldn't see it again.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at February 26, 2004 7:04 PM

Fascinating. I'd love to see it, and actually, I was going to ask you if you wanted to go, but since you don't want to see it again, I'll save my breath. I haven't really followed all the supposed "controversy" about the film, but I'm catching up with local newspaper coverage and your helpful links. Is your recommendation to not see it, or just the contrary because of the elation you experienced?

Posted by: Karissa at February 26, 2004 7:51 PM

I am a little mixed on my recommendation. I definitely do not recommend small children see the film. The R-rating seems accurate, but then again, I do not know if there is a stronger rating out there. If there were, this one should get it.

The message is conveyed beautifully, and it is the message that is important; but looking back, I realized that I was watching a Roman torture for 2.5 hours. It was very bloody. But that is also important--to recognize the suffering.

I like the message that is there, but my personal preference isn't bloody or that graphic. I am a romantic soul, and my favorite part was the very end (sorry a small spoiler) when they showed a glimpse of the Resurrection. I am so happy they put that in; the people have some understanding why all this suffering happened and what Christ meant by building up the temple three days later.

Love the movie's message, hate the gory hours of torture. Very real. I think I needed that though. Sometimes one just passes over the Crucifixion in the Bible and does not think about the torture sustained. The characters were three-dimensional.

Go see it. Just don't eat beforehand and be very prepared to see a movie without flounces.

Posted by: Amanda at February 27, 2004 12:14 AM

You're lucky. I read somewhere (now in links of the lost) that a person actually DIED during a screening of this film!

Posted by: Mike Arnzen at February 27, 2004 2:51 PM

I heard that too. A heart attack, I guess.

Posted by: Amanda at February 28, 2004 1:41 AM

Found a link to the story:


Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at February 28, 2004 2:40 PM
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