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The Omega Code

video review out of 4 Movie Review: The Omega Code

Starring: Casper Van Dien, Michael York
Director: Robert Marcarelli
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 120 Minutes
Release Date: October 1999
Genres: Action, Religion, Suspense, Thriller

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Review by Susan Granger
1 star out of 4

Onward, Christian filmmakers! Heavily promoted by the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the largest Christian TV organization in the country, this religious thriller is an end-of-the-world suspense story based on the book of Revelation. Written by Stephan Blinn and Hollis Barton, it manages to be a non-violent story about Armageddon, crediting to Hal Lindsey (The Late Great Planet Earth) as "prophecy consultant." The muddled plot revolves around Casper Van Dien as a Tony Robbins-like motivational speaker who, along with European Union Chairman, played by Michael York, seems to be trying to secure a world peace agreement. Only, a secret Biblical code falls into the wrong hands, putting the world's future at stake. Not surprisingly, Van Dien will have to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in order to save civilization as we know it. Produced by Matthew Crouch, son of TBN's president, Paul Crouch, the film is designed to alert Hollywood that there's an audience for clunky spiritual entertainment. They may be right from a religious perspective but film-making is an art that these zealots have yet to master. Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) is handsome but unconvincing, as is Catherine Oxenberg as a talk show host. Michael York's such an obviously sleazy megalomaniac that it's not credible that he's a trusted diplomat. Only Michael Ironside emerges with dignity intact. Rob Marcarelli's direction is flat and unimaginative, the computer graphics are juvenile, and the delusional absurdity includes having Van Dien discover his house is bugged and then verbally discuss his "secret" plans. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, The Omega Code is a timely but ploddingly dull 3. I'd advise you not to pay for this preachy, blatant brain-washing; instead, tune in - free - to TBN.

Copyright 2000 Susan Granger

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