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MEGIDDO: THE OMEGA CODE 2 - 2001
Providence Entertainment / TBN
Ratings: Australia: M / UK: 12 / USA: PG-13
There was just so much that was wrong, and wrong headed, about THE
OMEGA CODE that I had no hope for the sequel at all. Where were they
going to go from the first? The devil had been destroyed in a trite way,
Yahouwh* won, that was that and the earth smelled of roses ever more. What was going to happen in MEGIDDO:
THE OMEGA CODE 2? Was Satan going to come back from hell and chase after promiscuous teenagers with a sharp stick?
For those of you who may be hard core Christians, this is probably as close to the
correct Bible interpretation of the Apocalypse as any movie, Christian
made or otherwise, is ever gonna get: the curses of Jesus to whomever
tampers with the book of the Apocalypse notwithstanding. To tell you right
off the bat, The Rapture has once again been ignored. I think they got
everything else though, including all the stars falling from Heaven and
striking the earth in a manner I can accept (falling stars aka meteorites are not the same as all the stars in the Heavens).
The beginning of this movie didn't impress me. The story starts off half assed and slovenly,
with more than a nod (more like a rip-off) to THE OMEN 2 as a starting point.
In fact, I'm inclined to think that associate-producer and co-writer, Stephen Blinn
(who co-wrote the first film and again shares associate-Producer credits), wrote the beginning up to the point that we reach the present, and then John Fasano (BLACK ROSES, DARKNESS FALLS), took over with a few tugs of war between himself and Blinn.
IMDb.com also mentions another Director at the helm of MEGIDDO: THE OMEGA CODE 2 in addition to Brian Trenchard-Smith (ESCAPE 2000, DEAD-END DRIVE-IN, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2, LEPRECHAUN 3 & 4, DOOMSDAY ROCK), so maybe the first 15 minutes is his fault as well. Who knows?
1960 and the young human vessel of Satan is born white and to a wealthy, powerful,
and influential man. Catholics are reviled almost immediately as the nice
guy U.S. General (Kent McCord: various Elvis Presley movies, PREDATOR 2, DOOMSDAY ROCK [which is not an Elvis movie])
tells folks at a party that Nixon will win by a landslide, because who
is going to vote for a Catholic? Bad guy Daniel Alexander (Michael
Hedison: THE FLY)
controls the television media and assures the General that a Catholic
will be president: He will see to it. That evil, EVIL man! Daniel's
little 6 year old (very tall for a six year old)
boy, Stone Alexander (Gavin Fink), walks quietly behind his father, taking all this in.
Later, Stone is by his new born baby brother's crib, quietly telling the young sibling
how much he hates him for killing their Mother (Mom died in childbirth). Father Daniel tells Stone to "get over his grief" (Pop is a real EST kinda guy) and leaves, unwittingly allowing Stone to try and set his baby bro afire.
DAMN DOG! GET THE HELL OFF THAT ALTAR!
The baby is saved and Pop feels that Stone has more issues than he can bother
with, so it's off to a military school (like in THE OMEN 2) to make a man out of Stone.
We see young Stone wander off - often - even during those classes taught by the stern
General Francini (Franco Nero: I CRIMINALI DELLA GALASSIA, I DIAFANOIDI VENGONO DA MARTE, THE VISITOR, DIE HARD), making me wonder just how disciplined this military school really is.
At one point, Stone wanders off at night and enters a Catholic Church,
where he meets an evil priest who merely anoints his head with a bloody
upside down cross. Not a good thing but far less creepy than what 1,200+
Catholic Priests in the US alone - so far - have been accused, convicted, or have confessed to doing.
As in the first movie, the Catholic Priest (Cult fave Udo
Kier: SUSPIRIA, BLADE, END OF DAYS, FEAR DOT COM) becomes young Stone's servant / protector / advisor,
along with a really wicked CGI bone dog thing, which happened to live
in the church. Catholics are vilified through much (though
not all) of this movie, as is Television - which is odd considering
that TBN IS a television network, and that the major power brokers
in US evangelism are all on television. Some, like Pat Robertson, even
support blood thirsty dictatorial regimes (Liberia)
and make their money in slavery to boot!
Soon Stone is 21 (and now Noah Huntley: EVENT HORIZON, 28 DAYS LATER) and very military minded. He also looks nothing like the future Stone
Alexander which we know to be Michael York (THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, GOSPA, THE OMEGA CODE). The movie really sags here due to Huntley's atrociously poor acting, thrown
into strong relief by the fine acting of Franco Nero and David Hedison.
Sheeit! Don't put a neophyte up against the strong acting talents of these two! Are you nuts?
When Stone graduates from Military school, he has already chose his wife to be, Gabriella
Francini (Elisa Scialpi), the school general's
daughter, who begins falling for his younger 16 year old brother David,
played by Chad Michael Murray, who looks remarkably like a very young
Michael York. Blame casting for this flub! Worse! Chad steals every scene
away from Noah just by his better acting ability!
NO MORE WILL LINUX THWART MY EVIL PLANS.
Where THE OMEGA CODE had a good beginning and went downhill, however, MEGIDDO: THE OMEGA CODE 2 has a really poor opening and goes up from there.
Things start clicking when we arrive at the present: The first year of the new millennium.
Now Michael York is Stone Alexander and David Alexander is played by Michael
Biehn (THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS). Both are good actors (when they want to be) and as the polar opposites from each other, York and Biehn play out their roles very well.
Stone married Gabriella (now played by Diane Venora: THE
13th WARRIOR) and uses her (in her innocence) to placate the masses (think Barbara Bush).
It is here that things get interesting due to no other fact than the intensity
these three bring to their roles. Biehn is always best as the self-doubting
gung-ho type, and York can play just about any role he wants to. For MEGIDDO:
THE OMEGA CODE 2, York took a little more control over the movie (he appears here also as a co-Producer credit) and it shows. Where in THE OMEGA CODE York's Stone Alexander was foppish
and dopey, here he is forceful and more than a little scary. His manner
is not merely intense, as the embodiment of Satan requires a bit more
than a mere "bad attitude", but wretchedly vile, confident,
sure of himself, and merciless. Where THE OMEGA CODE blindly followed
the "flavor-of the moment" "Bible Code" garbage, MEGIDDO:
THE OMEGA CODE 2 adheres closer to the actual BIBLE,
and is far better off for it. York's Stone is usually a very evil bastard
although at times he lurches back into foolish nincompoop and for that
I wonder if it's Blinn's writing (which I got a taste of in the first movie) that is to blame.
The direction by Brian Trenchard-Smith is far better than the crapola of the first film,
and Stephen Blinn is far better assisted by the co-writing of John Fasano than he was by Hal Lindsey and Hollis Barton.
UP-SKIRT SHOTS . . . FROM HELL!
There is no mention of the asinine THE OMEGA CODE or Michael Drosnin's discredited
"Bible Code" book. No mention of anything regarding THE OMEGA
CODE other than a few stock footage shots. This isn't really a sequel
so much as the film the Crouch family (creators of the Trinity Broadcasting Network - TBN and numerous production credits
in this film) should have made in the first place.
LET'S KILL THE UNBELIEVERS!
In this scene, Mexico invades the Holy land!
This time TBN made an epic. It cost $22 mil to make and (my theory here) only lost money at theaters due to the bad taste THE OMEGA CODE left in so many mouths. This film would have done far better
had there been no mention of OMEGA CODE and it was just called MEGIDDO.
In years to come however, MEGIDDO: THE OMEGA CODE 2 will probably be held up as an example of
what Christian propaganda films should be.
All in all, this is just a better movie: More entertaining, closer to the real book,
lots of explosions, action, intrigue, and a with few genuinely chilly
moments. Minus 2 Shriek Girls for that awful 15 -20 minute beginning, MEGIDDO: THE OMEGA CODE 2, is a Two Shriek Girl flick.
copyright 2002 E.C.McMullen Jr.
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The Hebrew text spelling of the name "Jehovah" only list the
consonants YHWH for his name. They believed that anyone who properly
pronounced the name of God would go poof in a burst of flame and
a whiff of smoke. So how they actually perceived the name of their
God is anyone's guess. Most folks say Yahweh, but I like to think
of God's soldiers running into battle shouting
Kudos to MEGIDDO for finally, accurately, portraying Satan as he is described
in the Bible. Satan is NOT a lamb or goat or ram headed thing. He never was! That is the face of Jehovah! The slain lamb (ram in some interpretations) with a bunch of horns and eyes is
the representation of God.
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four
beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been
slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits
of God sent forth into all the earth.
It is the lamb that opens the seven seals.
God is represented in the Bible as the Lamb or Ram. Satan is the Red
Dragon with 7 heads and ten horns.