As an athiest, I think that Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ is an excellent film. It portrays Jesus, played masterfully by Willem Dafoe, as a real person, with flaws and doubts, much like a real human would likely have; and when it finally reaches the torture and crucifixion, it has an emotional impact, whether you believe in it or not. Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is the absolute antithesis of The Last Temptation. It's portrayal of the torture is downright pornographic, and I can only imagine that Gibson is delighted at the sight of an almost naked man writhing around in blood, especially when that image can be used to reinforce his scathing antisemitism. There is a scene of a jewish man grubbing on the floor over money. I am not fond of using the term "torture porn" but this movie fits that description perfectly. The violence is voyeuristic, the shots are prolonged and seem to encourage the audience to take pride in the violence. I am not opposed to violence in film when it is used to serve a purpose, and is not gratuitous, but this film is everything I hate about violence in movies. If this film made you feel proud, you should feel shame.