A FILM depicting the last hours of Christ's life has provoked a storm of outrage.
The Passion Of The Christ, by devout Catholic actor Mel Gibson, has opened in Huddersfield.
Its subject matter depicts the full horror of the crucifixion in graphic detail and has provoked a storm of outrage.
Critics have rounded on the film as anti-semitic.
Yet at the same time it has also received the apparent blessing of the Pope and been hailed as a possible vehicle for evangelism.
The Examiner saw the film at the UCI with a variety of faith leaders.
Most thought it a powerful, moving and compelling film.
But there were concerns about the level of violence portrayed in the film, which stars Jim Caviezel as the Son of God.
* Jane Yelland's view:
Yes it is violent.
But it is an excellent film that unflinchingly portrays a very violent series of incidents.
Barbaric acts are not the sole focus of the film however.
Peter's denial of Christ, Judas' realisation of the impact of his action and Christ's torment by the devil are all examined, as is Pilot's as he strives to deal with a potential riot and placating his wife and Roman superiors.
From a film perspective, the costumes, acting, lighting and soundtrack are all superb and contribute to a very convincing and emotive depiction of Christ's crucifixion.
For anyone with an interest in religion, The Passion Of The Christ has much to offer.