I heard about the statue is a TV series some years ago. Since then, I fell in love more with the statue with each picture I saw. The image of Christ overlooking the city, like the Redeemer and good shepherd He is, evokes a deep religious feeling in me. I hope they inspire you to visit Brazil.
Another reason you should visit is that the 2016 Olympics will be in Rio. The iconic image of Christ graces the Olympics website here. It is refreshing to see Christ play a central role in a world event.
If you will like to read more about the statue, here is the Wikipedia link.
Here are some pictures of the statue.