Iranian filmmaker, Nader Talebzadeh, appeared on Iranian channel Jaam-E Jam 3 and analyzed Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Following are excerpts:
In every documentary film about Jesus, such as CNN's Who was Jesus, and ABC's Jesus and Paul, there's no reference to the fact that Jesus is one of Islam's great prophets. In this sort of research, if you want to tell who Jesus is, if you claim that you are liberal, democratic, scholarly and balanced, why don't you mention, if only for two seconds, that he was one of Islam's great prophets?
There is no reference to this. Meaning, total boycott. Do not forget that Mel Gibson made the film The Patriot. This film is about the US army. Mel Gibson is very patriotic and nationalistic? Meaning, 100% Anglo-Saxon.
I believe that there's a strong point in this film? For instance, the conflict between the Jewish scholars and Jesus, and the film portrays this faithfully. Because most of the plot is based on an event which never happened, so what is portrayed throughout the plot is wrong, meaning, it doesn't serve the truth.
This is strong cinematic work. Gibson's work is of Hollywood standards. Its violence is almost American. After all, the Americans are very strong on violence. Actually, it is their profession. When we speak of violence, America has a strong record. For the past 100 years, they've known how to strike.