THE OMEGA CODE
Starring: Casper Van Dien, Michael York,
Michael Ironside, & Catherine
Genre: Apocalyptic Action-adventure
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: Providence Entertainment
Director: Robert Marcarelli
Producer: Matthew Crouch
Writer: Hollis Barton & Stephan Blinn
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The plot device that moves this all along is the so-called Bible Code. In the opening scene, the code is being deciphered by a Jewish scholar who is killed so that Dr. Alexander can get the code and thereby predict the future. For the remainder of the movie, Chairman Alexander uses the code as a blueprint for taking over the world, and the plot progresses pretty much according to a contemporary premillennial view of the prophetic, apocalyptic passages in the Bible.
Thus, Dr. Alexander is hailed as a hero by the leaders of the world when he brokers a peace in the Middle East. As he solidifies his power, there are three years of peace and prosperity. Then, he gets shot in the back of the head. The last three and a half years of tribulation are compressed in the final portion of the movie.
Christians who like Bible prophecy may enjoy this movie. In fact, everybody who is involved should be commended for the look of the movie and the action.
THE OMEGA CODE has its flaws, however. For example, the movie does not have a strong sense of jeopardy. Furthermore, the logical, sequential development of the story is erratic. The music and special effects are often used to try to cover up these story problems. Also, the characters suffer from incomplete bone structures and character arcs.
This is not to say the movie is not enjoyable. Teenagers and others may appreciate the constant action and adventure. Thus, it is hoped that everyone involved in this picture will go on to bigger and better things.
Michael York does the best with this material. He delivers difficult lines with aplomb and shows terrific acting talent. This is something that is not always visible in his previous films. After a shaky start, Catherine Oxenberg does a good job delivering a believable character. Casper Van Dien has the action down, but has trouble carrying his role. If he had been more believable, the whole movie would have benefited.
Several people at the screening quibbled with the theology. Dispensationalism is a recent development in the Christian Church. It doesn't hold theological coherence for many in the traditional denominations. Added to that is the controversial issue of the Bible Code itself, which many scholars believe is a dubious construct at best.
However, one does not need to believe in the Bible Code nor a pretribulation Rapture or Secret Second Coming of Christ to appreciate THE OMEGA CODE. It is, after all, an action-adventure movie with a Gospel message. As such, the Church at large should support it.