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The Omega Code

Perhaps the biggest box office surprise of 1999, this Protestant-produced thriller brought in more money per screen during its opening weekend than any other film, including Fox's big budget Fight Club. Casper Van Dien stars as Gillen Lane, a renowned self-help guru and mythology expert who preaches humanist mantras but is fascinated by the idea that the Bible contains hidden codes which hold the secrets of the future and the ingredients of Armageddon. Lane is enlisted as a spokesman for European politician Stone Alexander (Michael York), but it doesn't take long before he discovers that Alexander has been decoding and manipulating Biblical prophecies to spur on the acts of the Book of Revelation. Judged on secular terms,The Omega Code is fast-paced and fairly compelling but still rife with forced conflicts, plot holes, and familiar chase scenes. Despite a little violence, it features no sexual content or vulgar language. Also with Catherine Oxenberg and Michael Ironside. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and 2.0 Dolby Surround. Includes 30-minute "making of" featurette, as well as textual explanations of the alleged "Bible codes." Keep case.

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