The Genesis Code Review

Posted: May 7, 2012 in Film Review
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The Genesis Code is a well-produced film with nice set design, cinematography and great acting. The two young leads, Kelsey Sanders (Cutback, Private) and Logan Bartholomew (Love’s Abiding Joy, Love’s Long Journey) do a very credible job along side the plethora of veteran name stars in the film (Ernest Borgnine, Louise Fletcher, Susan Blakely, Catherine Hicks, Ben Murphy, Fred Dalton Thompson). The problem with The Genesis Code is it does not know what kind of movie it wants to be. It ends up being four movies with little connection between them. It’s a sports movie (so we have hockey action), it’s a love story (so we have romance), it’s a hospital movie (so we have life/death themes), and it is a science class presentation – which seems to be the driving force of the film the filmmakers had in mind. With that said, each story is well-done in its own right, and the characters are likable, diverse, and well-developed, they just don’t seem to hang together well and the whole thing feels forced.

The film opens with nice hockey action revolving around the success of the school’s star player Blake Truman (Logan Bartholomew). We then meet Kerry Wells (Kelsey Sanders), a school journalist who has the assignment of interviewing Blake to find out what makes this star player tick. As she interviews him over the course of several sessions, he withholds the fact of his mom in the hospital on her deathbed. Kerry is a preacher’s kid and a strong Christian, while Blake is a strong agnostic and unbeliever because of what he believes to be discrepancies between the Bible and science – mainly the first 27 verses in Genesis. This eventually brings in the interruption of our story midstream with the science presentation. Interesting to note that up to this point, the film is very cerebral and intellectual, and takes itself very serious, but when we get to the science presentation, it shifts to a light and almost silly tone until we move away from the presentation and back to the characters.

The target audience of the film appears to be agnostics, but I don’t know if the film will make any believers out of them, but it does present its theory clear, logically, and in an attractive package. The film’s strongest point is that it is very thought-provoking and will work very well as a discussion starter.

Its weak point is in this layering of several weak stories in an attempt to create a strong one. It looks as if the filmmakers wanted to build a film around this great apologetic theory, but instead of developing the theory visually and through story, it merely attempts to build a story around a reason to explain it verbally. To the film’s credit, it does offer opposing points of view, at least until this science presentation, then it assumes that the argument is over and case closed.

Overall the film is well-produced, well-acted, and looks gorgeous. It will work best as a discussion starter and not as entertainment – which may have been the intention all along. For that reason, it would be recommended for a Bible study or to open discussions with any agnostic friends.

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