Mel Gibson has cut five minutes of violence from The Passion of the Christ and is bringing this “special edition” to theatres.
So, is this the “Director’s Cut”? The “Lacerated Edition”? The “Flogged Version”?
My real question: Which five minutes? Is the crow eating the thief’s eyes gone? The barbed whip to the gut? The nail-pounding? The “flip the cross over” maneuver? The crown of thorn pressing? A few of the many stumbles along the path? I thought the whole point was to “put us there” for every drop of blood along the way?
As I’ve said before, I admire the film in some ways, but I’m disappointed by it in other ways. There are many films that bring me to a rewarding meditation on the sufferings of Christ without bludgeoning me so intensely that I can’t think straight.
If this re-release is intended as a way to broaden the film’s evangelical reach, is a slightly-less-violent version really going to draw viewers who didn’t see it last time around?