The Last Temptation Of Christ details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Andre Gregory, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Willem Dafoe, David Bowie, Harry Dean Stanton|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
The Last Temptation Of Christ
|Run time:||2 hours 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Apr 2003|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish|
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THOUGHT PROVOKINGBy a customer from England , 23 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]There are two ways of looking at this film. The first is to snap 'This is not from the gospels, some things are added and some deleted, this is blasphemy' and to go and watch The Passion Of The Christ instead. The second way which I have preferred is to look at it from an objective perspective. Because when this is done the viewer sees that the essence of the holy scriptures is all there. When people do not like the bible to be altered in anyway because they feel it is sacred i can have no objections, but this film merely looks upon Jesus from a human perspective. After all Jesus was born a human and must have had human emotions from time to time - this film simply portrays that but also shows the sacrifice Jesus was willing to make, the love he tried to spread, the price he had to pay - exactly how it is said in the bible. Some viewers may have been uncomfortable with the `love scene` he had with Mary Magdelene at the end of the film. The fact is that this was the devils last temptation, the `love scene` never truely occured and Jesus was NOT tempted. I would also like to say that although I gave Mel Gibsons movie a five-star rating - I believe that his film should be considered more blasphemous. In this film the focus is not just on blood, guts and horror but on Jesus's teachings and moral struggle, his early life. I felt that Mel Gibson's film overdid the violence (though it showed the pain Jesus went through it was over-the-top). Perhaps this controversial film is a more accurate betrayal of Jesus' last days, who knows? All in all I feel that people should look for the deeper meanings rather than concentrate on little details, Jesus died for peoples sins - not for people to argue about the quotes he made before hand or how much blood poured from his body when he was lashed.
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Great film!By a customer , 02 Oct 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideClassy and elegantly made as we have come to expect from Scorsese et al, but also a brilliantly written take on the life of Jesus. Especially fascinating if you're familiar with the New Testament canon and the inevitable uncertainty over the lives and roles of (specifically) Judas, Paul and Pilate which have obviously been villainised or mythologized by early Christians as required, evidenced in the 'extra-biblical' sources. There are many interpretations of the evidence in NT scholarship today, with different people seeing varying likelihood of historicity in varying events but I've never heard this particular version posited. Perhaps it's made for Hollywood but I thought it was fascinating, particularly the defiant character of Paul as he tried to start a religion. Genius writing!
Fascinating storyBy TechnoHippy (105 reviews) , 18 Aug 2013The first time I watched this film I was under the influence of psychedelics and I'll admit that it freaked me out. I've since always intended to watch it again in a straighter frame of mind to properly appreciate it. Well I finally have and I'm glad I did. To my mind this a superior film to the much later Passion of the Christ, it doesn't try to tell a historical story, or repeat the gospel, instead it tells the spiritual journey. Whether you are a believer or not it stands as a fascinating story. The film tells of Jesus and the torment that he experiences as he tries to understand his place in God's scheme. It shows the background of his life and what he tried to do. What is does well is show the human side to the story. The film itself is well made, the performances (especially those of Jesus and Judas) are very well done, in places its a bit theatrical, but that works in context. It could have done with a tighter edit, the film does feel like it dragged a bit, but not excessively so. Overall it's an interesting film to watch.
It is accomplishedBy TheLybrarian (8 reviews) , 22 Apr 2013Long, damn hard work at times and as a departure from the original text could confuse people as to its significance in depicting The Bible; but tonally it is utterly unflinching, heady and bombastic, with its final scene an heavily emotional and weighty climax.
Merry ChristmasBy Thirstybob (12 reviews) , 01 Dec 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I spent most of the film thinking 'yes, I can see why this offended some people, it's pretty blasphemous.' Then at the end I changed my mind and thought 'no, this shouldn't be offensive.' It's certainly a thoughtful and thought-provoking film. One surprise; David Bowie can act, ok not a terribly demanding role, but a pretty convincing portrayal of a patrician Brit. One aspect of this I found rather distracting. Why did Harvey Keitel's hair have to be dyed ginger? The colour doesn't match his skin tone and frankly looks ridiculous. Or is this simply because I have ginger hair and don't appreciate being associated with Judas? Next time we complain about other religions taking offence too quickly, we should look back and remember the over-reaction of some Christians to this film.
He was human after all...By Heksie (9 reviews) from London , 23 Nov 2011Wow! The only reason I wanted to watch this epic was the controversy it caused when it was made. I must say the only thing I found disappointing was the lack of blasphemic content. All the hype surrounding this film lead me to believe it was a tool of satan himself and was almost lookinf forward to a certain level of outrage at disrespect being shown to a religious figure whom is pivotal to many peoples' existence.
In the next breath I was so glad to have experienced such a wonderful interpretation of a well rehearsed story. It is beautifully shot with captivating landscapes, the perfomances of Willem Defoe and Harvey Keitel are absorbing. Defoe's portrayal is complicated, flawed and honest. The most believable interpretation of Jesus I've seen.
Wonderful surprise to encounter David Bowie as a charming, however over-thought and wooden Pontius Pilate. Barbara Hershey gives Mary Magdalene a powerfully enigmatic yet beautifully vulnerable energy who's presence lingers. The soundtrack is fantastic as well, Peter Gabriel did a wonderful job, however 80's his 'world music' comes across - it works for me.
I would recommend this film to anyone who is not afraid to be challenged, and who doesn't view life in absolutes. The perspective is important to talk about even if it's something one does not subscribe to.
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