Producer(s): Brad Allen, Jeremy Boz, Chuck Howard, Martin Michael, Kevan Otto, Tom Sanders, Tim Warren
Starring: Casper Van Dien, Catherine Oxenberg, Tom Schanley, Jaci Velasquez, Monte Markham, Angela Kerecz, Callie Brook McClincy, Kelsey Sanders, Rusty Martin Sr., Austin Craig, Michael Joiner, Torry Martin
Plot Synopsis: Attorney Benjamin Stills is nearly sentenced to prison and finds faith in God after killing a teenage girl in an accidental car crash from texting while driving.
Gillen Lane is a genius who has a massive following as a motivational speaker. He believes in some form of spirituality, but when he is recruited by the powerful Stone Alexander to work for his new world empire, Gillen doesn’t know what to think. Times are becoming stranger on earth, especially as someone as discovered that the Torah supposedly holds a secret code that predicts major world events. With everything spiraling out of control, is there anywhere safe to turn?
Production Quality (1 point)
For an independent production created in 1999, The Omega Code 1 is ambitious yet misguided. While it’s clear that effort was put into the international sets and locations, many other production elements fall by the wayside. Video quality and camera work are average, but audio quality is quite poor. The soundtrack is also annoying. The film is filled with cheap and obnoxious special effects, not to mention the fact that the CGI is cheesy. Finally, the editing is very choppy as the story attempts to cover too much ground at once. In short, trying to attain this level of production was not really the best idea in this situation.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
The entire premise of this film is that the Torah supposedly predicts key events through a secret code of moving letters around or something, and this plot device is used to move the plot along. However, this convention isn’t even necessary as the plot does plenty of jumping all over the place without needing printouts from a primitive computer to aid it. The plot actually focuses more on the inner workings of the antichrist, who is a highly cheesy and sometimes wacky character. There is no plot continuity as time speeds forward at a breakneck pace in an attempt to cover the entire traditional evangelical Tribulation period in the span of 100 minutes. No, seriously, it goes from Rapture to Second Coming in less than two hours. What’s more is that TBN inserts its typical obsession with spiritual sensationalism into the story, which causes things to get weirder and weirder as it progresses. By the time it’s all over, the audience has either abandoned the film, is laughing at the attempts to portray demonic activity, or is extremely confused as to what they just experienced. In short, there was little to no justification for this film being made.
Acting Quality (0 points)
A majority of this acting is bizarre and overly dramatic, which shows more TBN influence. Emotions are sensational and line delivery is lazy. There are also some inconsistent accents that make it clear several cast members are trying (and failing) to fake them. Unfortunately, there is really not much good to say here.
I would have liked to hear the rational behind the creation of this disaster. Was it similar to Timothy Chey, who wanted to “scare people into being saved” with that horrid thing called Final: The Rapture? Or was it just a sales pitch to try to sell sensationalism to white evangelical Christians who all talk to each other about how the end of the world is near? Whether it was juvenile evangelism or preaching to the choir, The Omega Code 1 is a train wreck from start to finish. But guess what! There’s still a sequel to watch!