Friday, May 18, 2012

Movie Review: The Genesis Code DVD

Kerry Wells (Kelsey Sanders), a college journalist and committed Christian with an effervescent personality, has been assigned to do a story on Blake Truman (Logan Bartholomew) the college’s newest and very popular hockey superstar. As a relationship between them begins to develop Kerry finds that Blake, who hides behind a tough and independent façade, is actually struggling through a difficult personal crisis and that he bears the cross of a secret he has kept hidden for years. Blake rebuffs Kerry's suggestion that prayer might help ease his burden; he is convinced that modern science completely disproves the Bible, especially the opening verses of Genesis. Kerry — who is herself suddenly confronted with a challenge to her faith on another front — sets out to prove that science and Genesis are not in conflict and her quest leads to a startling revelation. Could it be that what science teaches us about creation and the Story as told in Genesis are both true!

Let me start out this review by saying that I am a big fan of Logan Bartholomew. I loved his roll as Willie LaHaye in three of the Love Comes Softly films. I was very excited to see that Logan was one of the lead actors of The Genesis Code, who plays alongside Kelsey Sanders. Both of these wonderful actors also played in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation with supportive rolls.

I was really excited to watch The Genesis Code. The film itself is over two hours long, which is amazing. But after one watch through, I had mixed feelings. I was not disappointed at all by the acting -- the acting itself was superb, with a few exceptions here and there.

What did disappoint me was the way the film began. Kerry Wells is writing a story on Blake Truman, a hockey superstar, for her college homework. When she first finds Blake alone, the scene was awkward, as it appears that the two like each other at once, even though Kerry is a Christian and committed to keeping herself pure. I didn't think they did a very good job portraying this. Also, I knew that this film would tie in the Creation versus Evolution debate, but to my disappointment, this is portrayed in a way that looks as though God guided the process of evolution, and that it was not six literal days as the book of Genesis states. Most of the evidences they use are correct, as I have studied this debate, and so have several of my family members. I was disappointed with their conclusion, however, because it didn't line up with Scripture. (This is my personal conviction and I understand that other viewers may agree with the presentation.)

I did, however, think that The Genesis Code did a wonderful job of addressing post-modernism. Because Kerry is outspoken about her Christian belief, she is called into question by her academic adviser who encourages her to abandon all her parents have taught her in order to get the career she wants. First, they chose a great character that was despisable and irritating for the part of the academic adviser. They also portrayed Kerry's hidden anger and confusion against her academic adviser very well. But most importantly, there is a later confrontation between the adviser and Kerry's dad, who happens to be a pastor. He was very laid back and gentle (but straight-forward) in addressing post-modernism with her adivser despite the adviser's frustration. I think this is the way Christians are to be salt and light in the world, and I was very happy to finally see a film where the father was not a coward and stood up for his daughter -- and he did a fine job at that.

Also, I thought that Logan Bartholomew again did a fantastic job in this film. If for nothing else, it was Logan's role that caused me to like the film despite the fact that I didn't agree with much of their ideas. Logan does a great job of making it easy to feel the pain of the character he represents, and it was cool to see Kerry encourage him to seek refuge in God. Another important aspect of this film was the power of prayer, which came into play near the end of the film. Though he resolves to be content in the plan of God, he prays about his secret struggle and sees God work a total miracle. This part of the film was excellent for that reason.

All in all, I didn't agree with much of the Creation/Evolution aspect of the film. They do use good scientific truths to show that both the Bible and science are true, though it seems they place MORE emphasis on science than they do the Bible, which I believe is a terrible mistake. However, the film is actually quite good otherwise, because of the convincing rolls and its answers to today's post-modern world. Above all, the importance of putting God first was very encouraging.


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