4.5 Compelling viewing lilclare | 05/02/2009 | See all lilclare's reviews (42) I am Atheist and watched this film with an open mind. I was genuinely surprised at how powerful it was. I am no stranger to violence or gore but this film depicts scenes of torture with such realism to a subject of such depth that it does more than simply shock you. I do however feel the gore was not only justified but necessary to tell such a prolific story but if you are in any way squeamish this will definitely test your stomach. Mel Gibson's choice to film using the language of the time is clever and works well as do the scenes with demon like imagery. A well directed film.