I have yet to see The Passion of the Christ, but Susanna's description pretty much matches my expectations. I certainly can't argue with this:
But one consequence of growing up studying the Bible, of talking about Christ’s death, of hearing the terms “scourging”, “mocking”, and “beaten” repeated over and over in the cool brightness of a comfortable church auditorium, is that the true horror of what Jesus Christ suffered as a man in the process of dying is lost. It becomes iconic, distant. We hear the words, we eat the communion bread, drink the communion grape juice, sing a sad song, pray, chat with our fellow congregants, then head off to Taco Bell or Wal-Mart. Those things aren’t bad, but a deep connection we need is too easily missed. That’s where The Passion of the Christ comes in.
I think Susanna makes a good point. For people who grew up in an established church and have been hearing the events of the crucifixion all their lives, the words often lose their meaning. I preached a sermon last December (Well, I preached part of it. The sermon was actually in 4 parts and I did 2.) At one point I described, in detail, just what exactly crucifixion means. I can't tell you how many people told me later that they'd never really thought about it like that.
Well, folks, we need to think about it like that. We need to understand just exactly what we did to the Son of God. We have to understand the sacrifice. If we don't, it's very hard to come to repentance. If we understand what He went through, then (at least to me) it's easier to turn from our sins. Especially if we ask ourselves, "Can he still feel the nails?"