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The Passion of the Christ (2004)
First, I have to say that I'm not religious in any sense and have only a vague conception of what happened during the last 12 hours of Christ. I partly watched this movie to understand something about Christian religion and the believers. I was expecting some answers, explanations or at least interpretations, but got none. All I got was some manipulative dogma of what I should feel about whom. Life of Brian had by far more thought-provoking ideas about religion/society/humans than this move had.
Violence was disturbing. I kept asking myself "why are they so brutal?" , "what is their problem?". It just made no sense. After the scourging scene (which was very tough to watch indeed) I just gave up feeling with Him, and got detached for the rest of the long hours of boredom. Some comic relief was the Barabbas scene, which was good, and some disgust came at the crucifiction scene, which even surpassed the high violence threshold the movie has set.
All in all, TPOTC has failed to bring anything new other than whipping and crucifiction is a real pain. Such as this movie.
Ristumine peateega (1999)
1000 times better than Indecent Proposal
Despite the simple plot and the low-budget style the film has a remarkable depth, and makes you think about questions like "What would I do for $1.000.000.000?" or "What is the most important thing in life?". For me the film is about the changing of personality when assuming different roles in life. It is also has a "reality meets fairy tale" feeling, which makes it possible to view the movie from different angles. It is also fun to watch how people react to weird situations.
The characters are fairly complex and all of them switch several times during the movie. Osvald for example goes from a woody local fisherman to a person of ultimate power and back in the blink of an eye. The simple and average-looking couple also shows exceptional behaviour when exposed to $1 billion, like aggression or forgetting about all the basic values in life, such as love and dignity.
There is no moaning and pondering about the girl and the money, and morality comes only in the form of remorse after accepting the hm... decent proposal.
The filming and casting is also just decent, but fits very well into the real-life environment of the film that well-known stars would inevitably destroy. If you have an hour free, watch this movie... It is worth missing your favorite soap :)
For the idea and the funny conversations I give the film 9/10.