God and religion have always had a special place in the heart of the believers. That being said, they have also always been shrouded in major controversies since some try to find a logical explanation for everything in life.
The passion of the Christ was a biblical drama movie that took the world by storm back in 2004 with its explicit portrayal of Jesus’s life as revealed by the gospels of John, Luke, Mark and Matthew. As such, the movie received mixed reviews from the audiences all around the world, with some claiming that it inadvertently promoted anti-Semitism.
The film follows the twelve final hours of Jesus’s life that begin with the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and end with Christ’s resurrection. Although it was heavily shrouded in controversy, the movie went on to be a massive blockbuster bagging $612 million from its theatrical release. The movie was also nominated for a total of three Academy Awards in 2005.
Given its strong religious undertones, the movie was completely banned in countries like Malaysia. However, following vigorous protests from the Christian leaders, the ban was eventually lifted, only for Christians audiences who were permitted to watch the movie in special theatres. Although The passion of the Christ was never banned in Israel, it did not receive any theatrical distribution in the country owing to the fact that no theatre owner was willing to market it. If you want to know many more such amazing facts about the movie, make sure to watch the video!