Moviegoers React to "The Passion of the Christ" - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/25/04

Moviegoers React to "The Passion of the Christ"

Most everyone who walked out of "The Passion of the Christ" was stunned on Wednesday. You could see it in their faces and their demeanor. NewsChannel 11 talked to moviegoers beforehand and they had some pretty high hopes for the movie.

Some went as far as to say they wanted the movie to be a life changing experience. Caleb Basinger says, "I'm just hoping to really be touched. I know that all of our hearts can be softened and that's what I'm looking to get out of it." Tammy Wells says, "I expect to back up what I grew up knowing. That he did die for us and our sins were forgiven when he died on the cross." Oscar Castillo says, "I'm hoping the portrayal of the gospel is there in its true form and it's not all Hollywood."

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Those are just a few of the expectations people came with before viewing "The Passion of the Christ." It's safe to say those expectations weren't just met, they were exceeded. Caleb was almost speechless when NewsChannel caught up with him. He paused for several seconds and said, "He was real... a real man. He's so the real. God... every whip, that should have been me, that should have been my cross." Oscar says, "It says a lot in the gospel, when you read it, but it's so different to see it though. It really hits it tough. It's kind of hard to put into words. It really makes you stop and think what he did for us."

Caleb says the violence of the movie was tough to take. He says, "It was hard to watch. I know that I know that I know, he loves me beyond anything I can imagine." When asked if the movie changed him, Caleb said "Absolutely, my heart."

The Passion of the Christ" while moving, was very hard to watch. It may not be suitable for young children.

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