While the movie The Passion of the Christ is very moving emotionally, it fails to really enter into the genuine Orthodox understanding of the Crucifixion.
The following is a quote from Hiermonk Jonah, Abbot of the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco:
The Cross of Christ – Reflections on the Meaning of Christ’s Suffering
“Multitudes of Americans have flocked to see The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson’s graphic depiction of the last hours of the Lord Jesus. This film depicts the sufferings of Jesus in a radical way, and is nearly impossible to watch in its brutality. It is a kind of an icon in film, though interestingly an icon not found in the Orthodox Tradition.
“As Orthodox, our iconography, as well as our liturgical texts, do not dwell on the physical and psychological sufferings of the Christ. Jesus is always depicted dead on the Cross, at peace, in a gesture of complete acceptance of all that happened to Him, and embracing all in the cosmic pronouncement of forgiveness. ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ Neither does our theology focus on the physical suffering of Jesus as the ultimate ‘work of Christ.’ Rather, the Orthodox Tradition focuses on who Jesus is, as revealed by His work.
“While we do not downplay the sufferings of Jesus, we do see them in the context of the whole economy of salvation, as an aspect of our redemption and salvation. It is the Son of God Incarnate who suffered in the flesh, for us and our salvation, at our hands. As Orthodox we say, as do all other Christians, ‘He suffered and died for me, for my sins, because of my sins.’ But there is more to be said. His suffering and death, and resurrection from the dead, reveal who He is – and who we are as well. His Passion shows us how to endure suffering and transform it.
“The churches of the Roman Catholic tradition – papal, Protestant, evangelical, and charismatic – focus on the sufferings of Jesus as the very act of redemption. This focus of the Western confessions comes from the theological development of their doctrine of the atonement. This doctrine rests on presuppositions profoundly different from those of the Orthodox Tradition…”
There is much more to this article… I highly recommend reading it.