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A little predictable and the storyline is a little thin. Lots happening and quite loosely linked. It feels like a lot was cut from the original shoot. Even so, a reasonably good watch considering you only have to devote about 4 hours to it. Bill Pullman saves the day! "Something to watch when your drunk!", because you can doze off and still keep up with the plot. If it's cheap, Buy it.....
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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Thrilling TV Mini-Series17 May 2005
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"Relevations," a six-part TV mini-series comprised of one-hour episodes, is as well crafted, produced and acted as any modern movie blockbuster.
Based loosely, but definitely not literally, on Biblical prophesies depicting the End of Days, the story, (by David Seltzer) builds steadily from hour to hour until the thrilling and truly terrifying climax -- pitting the ultimate good against the ultimate evil with the future of the entire world hanging in the balance.
The Apocolyptic tale unfolds through the experiences of Dr. Richard Massey, (brilliantly portrayed by Bill Pullman) whose daughter Lucinda, Lucy, was brutally murdered by a satanist in a ritualistic sacrafice to the devil in which he cut out the child's heart while she was alive. (In a VERY wise move, viewers are never shown the murder, but only learn about it and its aftermath.)
The murder, and subsequent arrest of the non-repentent killer Isaiah Haden (portrayed in a chilling performance by Michael Massee) triggers a series of international events that supposedly coincide with the Christian Biblical prophesies describing the ultimate battle between God and Satan. Especially chronicled is the "Second Coming" of Christ, who is believed by Christians to one day to return to earth to vanquish evil forever and literally end the physical world.
While the story is based on a Biblical foreshadowing, the core event depicted in the series is not: the apparent second virgin-birth of Christ. While Biblical theologians have debated End of Days prophesies since they were first translated, there has been little argument among Christians that Christ will not return as an infant born of a second virgin mother. Nonetheless, this fictionalization in "Revelations" does nothing to blunt its force or diminish its entertainment value.
In a country where polls have repeatedly shown that people have more trouble believing in God than in the devil and evil, I found this mini-series especially poignant and even profound.
Presented in a wide-screen format that increases the movie feel to the series, locations around the world were used to provide an authentication seldom found in TV productions. Blessed with a stellar cast of outstanding actors, the series fearlessely depicts its horrifying vision, replete with ever-building satanic-spawned violence and mature religious themes that have seldom, if ever, been depicted on the small screen.
In the series, Dr. Massey is aided by Sister Josepha Montefiore (played with subtle force and compelling humanity by Natashcha McElhone), who is a member of a Catholic group outside the sanction of the Vatican who believe that the Christ child has again been born. Sister Josepha, along with Massey, travel the world in search of the infant, and eventually find his mother, who claims to have been a virgin when he was born.
While the duo look for the baby Christ, Haden amasses an army of santanic followers from among the inmates where he has been imprisoned. Demonstrating truly supernatural powers, Haden eventually escapes and begins an all-out assault on the forces of Heaven.
Dr. Massey's former stepson, Hawk, becomes an unwitting pawn in the cosmic drama when he is kidnapped by Haden's dominion to become the new sacrifice to Satan. Look for a frightingly wonderful performance by Fred Durst, (front man for the band Limp Biscuit) who protrays Ogden, a bloodthrusty satanist who helped kidnap and torture Hawk.
Also providing especially noteworthy performances are Finonnula Flanagan, who plays Mother Francine, a member of Sister Josepha's order, and John Rhys-Davies, who plays Professor Lampley, a colleague of Dr. Massey's.
Flanagan is riviting in her role after she and the others of her order try to protect a young girl who was struck by lightening then miraculously begins prophesizing in ancient languages and foretelling the coming of the End of Days while in a fatal coma.
Eventually, Flanagan's character "releases" the child through a mercy killing (an act seldom depicted on TV) as agents of satan's army attack their complex with murderous force leaving a trail of corpses. The satanists take the child and also cut out her heart (off-camera), but she has already gone to heaven, thanks to Mother Francine's very controversial actions.
Obviously, this is not a movie for the squeamish, but to its credit, the bulk of the violence is merely described; or if depicted, generally performed at the edge of the camera or only the results are shown. Nonetheless, there should be a strong warning as the series does build its violence to a hypnotic timbre by the end.
Somewhat similar to a religious (but much more frightening) Indiana Jones, the series is incredibly spellbinding and may leave viewers not only breathless but perhaps re-evaluating their own religious beliefs and commitments to ensure evil NEVER secures a lasting stronghold that will doom our planet.
36 of 47 people found the following review helpful
The Truth Must Be Known20 May 2005
J. P. Behrens
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I NEVER write these things. I doubt people even read them normally. But this is a time I must be heard. The truth must be known since it is painfully evident that the producers got together and wrote their own review. It's the long one that reads like a High School Book Report.
This series started out and remained a riveting jaunt through biblical mythos. The idea of taking quotes from throughout the Bible to cursor each section of the mini-series was a researched stroke of genius. It set tone and educates us on some of the more interesting quotes that we might be able to use to scare the hell out of Bible waving, Damnation preaching, Christians that worship The Left Behind series.
I love this series, and I'm a Buddhist. I thought that it was immensely interesting and fresh. It puts a skeptic's take on the Bible and it's prophesies while maintaining the science that could quite possibly support it. The writing on the series was amazing... Then the last episode came on.
I have never been so angry about an ending in all my life. I watched, waiting for the massive pay off, the cu de gra, the little kazoo at the bottom of my Cocoa Puffs. It never came. I glanced nervously at the clock and saw that five minutes were left. Please, God, save your show, you have a vested interest. But, alas, even He knew the end had come and the writer apparently got bored and decided to end it with a, "We'll just have to go find the child." Shrug. "Good Night Folks!" Then the ad at the bottom of the screen for the DVD.
Save yourselves. This DVD is good, but the ending should be saved for a drunken stupor that will force a delusional world where your mind might concoct even a marginally better ending. And by marginally better, I mean somebody says something definitive. The love connection between the main characters is not resolved, the evil character is MIA, the Anti-Christ is gone, the Christ Child is giggling in a desert, the Virgin Mother is MIA and sacrificing innocent infants to save Christ. Note here: I don't think Christ would approve, he did sacrifice himself for us didn't he?
If you like watching six hours of fantastic television to only have all of your hopes and desires crushed with a five minute wet noodle lashing, then by all means buy this. Otherwise, rent it and have the lighter handy to burn your own eyes out and two pencils to jam into your ears and rip your ear drums in half so that the end cannot ravage your delicate handle on creativity and the possiblity in an Amercian Idol Society, decent TV can be created that does not melt your brains into little tiny, bubbling puddles.
I'm done... for now.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
If You Like The Omen Trillogy... This Is The Movie For You22 May 2005
Rev Dr John Benjamin Tatum DD PhD
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David Seltzer, the creater of this mini-series is also the one who created "The Omen", and its three spawn (all 4 parts of the "Omen Trilogy"). This is very "Omen-esque", in the writing, style, theology (or theological errors, for those of us who study theology), and pacing.
It is a pretty good film in the quality of filmmaking (again, this is very much in keeping with the Omen Trilogy), while its theology is VERY MUCH "open for debate" (this is entertainment, not theology), it is a very well crafted flim with an interesting story.
Mr. Saltzer also adapted Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" into the 1971 screenplay for the film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". So not all of his writing is dealing with "Demons" and "Appocolypse"... but all are very touching and crafted stories.
While as a film, I might give this a "5 Star" rating due to the quality of it from a filmmaking and story craft point of view, it lost a couple of stars for the problems with its theology. But I still gave it "3 Stars" because it is a beautiful and uplifting piece of fiction.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not revealing but disappointing5 Jan. 2012
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These TV mini-series proved to be VERY disappointing. In all respects.
Quite interesting subject, and certain ideas of the plot do deserve some attention, but, generally, most of the scenes, dialogues and events are simply NOT convincing, quite banal and unoriginal. Everything is just too crumpled and chopped without proper foundations laid or further connections provided. It doesn't "flow". Yet, the series are full of boring standard approaches to all matters: factual, religious and psychological. And it's full of repetitive cliches that were already terribly overused in last decades. Naturally it has a way too many flaws to analyze here.
IN our time (New Age, newer Esoteric knowledge, New Consciousness and Awareness, etc.) the information level of these series is simplistic (if not primitive) and/or practically non-existant. It might've been a passable TV production 30 years ago that would be somewhat thought-provoking, but now all it says and shows are quite obsolete views and uninteresting arguments. It also looks cheap and amateurish, despite its budget, good actors and great locales. All camera work is dreadful and unprofessional. Jerky & shaky filming with hand-held cameras (@ certain scenes) from ugly angles don't add up to any tension or suspense, but it all just annoys and distracts.
I put "2 stars" for its serious topic and a good intention, but actually this TV product hardly deserves more than one...
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Actually better than I thought.15 May 2005
Jason C. Nelson
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I'm not a religious person but I was fascinated by this show. The locations, the characters. It's boldness was reason alone to watch. Now this is my personal opinion, I'm sure there will be others who hate this show but if you want to see something different and are tired of "reality tv" watch Revelations. It may not change your life but it's a great way to kill an hour.