The Passion of the Christ released in the US

Titled The Passion of the Christ, co-writer/director/producer Mel Gibson has crafted a look at the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus Christ. Filmed entirely in Aramaic and Latin, Engish subtitles are provided for the small parts of the film with dialogue - for the majority Gibson instead relies on visuals to tell the infamous story.

Starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ, Monica Bellucci also appears in a substantial role. Mel Gibson, however, does not act in it at all - a surprising choice to some no doubt.

After receiving good reviews on the whole so far, the film will open on 26 March 2004 in UK cinemas. Some have even cited it a "classic", others have been more critical - yet all agree that it is very brutal and visceral.

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