D.R. Tucker takes the opportunity of the second anniversary of the release of The Passion of the Christ to review the media furor and controversies over the film as well as its groundbreaking cultural impact that continues to be felt in Hollywood, which has started to make “Passion audience” films and TV shows (not always successfully).
Despite the vituperative assaults by PC critics, the attacks on Gibson’s character by the same, and the film’s failure to receive significant recognition by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2005, the Passion is already a classic. It’s a textbook example of the power of cinema to galvanize, to change hearts and minds, to spark a national conversation. It’s fitting that a motion picture about a man whom even death could not conquer is, in its own way, immortal.