Vol 3, No 1, 2004

The Power of the Passion: Exploring Mel Gibson's Heart of Darkness

Matthew Ogilvie

Abstract

This article will not be a review of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ so much as a reflection on some reactions to the film. I would like to say something of reactions to The Passion and how this film has generated intense feeling through challenging the privileged knowledge and orthodoxies of our society. My basic thesis is that The Passion shocks people not only through intense violence but more so, by confronting the realms of meaning and horizons of its viewers.