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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking thriller
Nice to see something different - intelligent, thought provoking and multilayered, stitching together 2000 years of history, myth and magic in the thriller/horror genres. Alchemy, religion, secret societies, astrology, sacred geometry, ancient relics mixed with murder, ritual and mayhem (burning, barbecued and flayed bodies abound)- it's a heady brew and you need to keep...
Published on 14 Sept. 2002

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fiction... NOT science
Several of the reviews I have seen, seems to be taking the subject matter of this film far too seriously.
That the ideas in "Revelation" stems from such popular-historical theories as promoted by Michael Baigent and Henry Lincoln, does not diminish the entertainment-value of the film. However, if you are looking for actual fact, you are way off, even considering the...
Published on 4 July 2004 by Lieberoth (lieberoth.wordpress...


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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fiction... NOT science, 4 July 2004
This review is from: Revelation [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Several of the reviews I have seen, seems to be taking the subject matter of this film far too seriously.
That the ideas in "Revelation" stems from such popular-historical theories as promoted by Michael Baigent and Henry Lincoln, does not diminish the entertainment-value of the film. However, if you are looking for actual fact, you are way off, even considering the special features on the DVD.
The film is an epic tale of the end of the world, the ressurection of Christ, the sacred legacy of the alchemists, masons and Templars, and great world-spanning conspiracies.
Speculation as to the legacy of the Knights Templar, sacred geometry and even the lineage of Christ naturally bears some resembelance to, and even uses some, contemporary historical/religious science, but it is not to be taken too seriously. The thoughts presented are thrilling, and I enjoyed reading the original "The holy blood and the holy grail" etc. imensely, but it is popular paperback-supermarket-check-out entertainment-"science" none the less, and should not be taken too serously.
This is a work of fiction, and even if it is based on volumes that claim the lable "science", it is still just a film. Just like the writers of "Star Trek" use actual physics to support the scientific mumbo-jumbo of the series.
If you are looking for information on the subject of Mason Conspiracies, The Knights Templar, sacred geometry, etc., then read some of the greatly informative and entertaining works of para-science on the matter, by Michael Baigent et.al. If you think it's fun, and like to explore the ideas to their extreme, this film is very entertaining. If you don't care for such matters, and just want a thriller; you might or might not appreciate "Revelation".
The only truely annoying feature is the fact, that the tension-music doesn't really know when to set in, and ruins several of the spookier parts. Apart from that the film is exciting great fum, akin to "The ninth gate", "The Body" and "The Omen".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Revelation, 13 Sept. 2002
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Revelation mixes action, suspense, sci-fi and religion the British way, in a portrayal of the heretical second coming of Christ. The plot races from the crucifixion to the present day following the progress of a mysterious box called the Loculus. It is passed from generation to generation, from secret society to obscure cult, always hidden from the madly over-acting Grand Master (Udo Kier) who seeks to use the power in this ancient relic for his own egomaniacal genetic engineering program. The 'good guys' comprise ex-con, computer-whiz Jake (James D'Arcy), his prison chaplain (Liam Cunningham) and a slightly dippy alchemist (Natasha Wightman). She has the hardest part to play keeping a straight face while propounding the most unlikely elements of the plot but the three characters interact believably. Using clues left by Jake's millionaire father (Terence Stamp) and lots of amateur archaeology, they track the Loculus to its current hiding place barely ahead of the evil Grand Master, who leaves a gruesome trail as he follows them to gain his prize. The locations feel real and the characters behave consistently throughout. However their total polarisation against the forces of evil, embodied in the immortal Grand Master, make this a fairy story requiring the viewer's willing suspension of disbelief. A full cast of nutty religious types, masons, scientists and the odd hippy van driver make it definitely watchable with a nice twist at the end.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking thriller, 14 Sept. 2002
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This review is from: Revelation [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Nice to see something different - intelligent, thought provoking and multilayered, stitching together 2000 years of history, myth and magic in the thriller/horror genres. Alchemy, religion, secret societies, astrology, sacred geometry, ancient relics mixed with murder, ritual and mayhem (burning, barbecued and flayed bodies abound)- it's a heady brew and you need to keep your wits about you to take in all the detail, but its worth it - then look through the 1 hour of explanatory extras/documentaries on the DVD to find out just how much you missed and watch it all over again. A great historical/mystical/spiritual puzzle with loads of special effects. Recommended if you want more than the standard Hollywood fare. Also a must for Udo Kier fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea - mediocre film, 9 Oct. 2009
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The search for mystical artifact, an evil secret society with a nice line in torture, a lot of occult and mysterious references, plus some impressive thespian names ..... this really should have been an enjoyable "da Vinci Code" romp.

But something went wrong somewhere, and all we have is a muddle, with an uninspiring script and a predictable story line. The scenery changes, and the occasional gruesome bits, might just about keep you watching to the end if you've nothing else to do before going to bed. Or you might just find yourself yawning earlier than you expected instead.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice scenery, 25 Aug. 2011
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A treasure trail story a little like the Da Vinci Code but with "real magic" thrown in for good measure. This is a very clumsily put together mishmash of ideas with a lousy script, wooden portrayal of 2D characters and some of the most clumsy, in-your-face exposition I've ever seen. I guess the director would claim that the film's failure to explain certain key elements adds to the air of mysticism but it only serves to convince me that he didn't have a clue. I would have marked this turkey even lower but for the pretty locations that abound throughout - that said, I could get more locations and less drivel from a travel show.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelation from a devotee of Mary M, 12 July 2007
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The film "Revelation" was written and directed by Stuart Urban

This film in the same genre as The Da Vinci Code has attracted a number of poor reviews but I do not believe these to be justified. For those who are interested in the esoteric ideas dealt with in the film it is superbly realised.

In order to maintain the pace of the film Urban has to gloss over many things essential to the plot but not developed in the film. Some reviewers have written that they have found this bewildering, for example ancient codes are interpreted through visual cues but without critical treatment and sacred geometry patterns are drawn on maps with no explanation. The film blisters along with great pace and presents a visual kaleidoscope of images, some are horrific as in the case of the flayed body of Lord Martel ( Terence Stamp ), some are beguilingly beautiful as when Mira ( Natasha Wightman) draws Jake ( James D'Arcy ), into participation in a sacred sexual union, and some are evocative of the medieval world.

For the general public, those unfamiliar with such topics as the mystery surrounding Rennes le Chateau, Alchemy, Sacred Sex or the Hieros Gamos and the Templars, should allow themselves to be carried along and accept all these things at their face value..

The DVD of the film has special features such as mini lectures on the nature and purpose of alchemy, a visit to Rennes le Chateau and iconography, with links to the relevant sections of the film so that those whose interest has been stimulated by the film may gain additional insight.

The film has as its central idea a search for a treasure box called the Loculus, the sides of which were originally carved with an Ankh and a Caduceus, though over the centuries other symbols had been added, and it is this collection of symbols which are used in the search. The organiser of the search is Lord Martel ( Terence Stamp ) who assembles at his home on Sacred Island ( in reality St Michael's Mount in Cornwall, the home of the St Aubin family ) a formidable team of scientists, cryptologists and a beautiful alchemist, Mira. His emissary is murdered and Mira and Jake take up the search. They are helped by an ex special services soldier who is now a Roman Catholic priest. Jake and Mira find the box on the island of Patmos but it proves to be empty. One might have hoped that this priest would be a great help to them, but just like The Da Vinci Code this film is not friendly to the Catholic Church, and the priest is in the pay of the enemy. The arch villain is a Cardinal ( Udo Kier ), the current Grand Master of an evil, power hungry order. Unfortunately he has the stereotypical crazy staring eyes used in films for the evil obsessed.

Terence Stamp plays Lord Martel with conviction. This is an entirely appropriate role for an actor who has been a student of Mr Gurdjieff's Fourth Way, indeed he has written a novel "The Night" which reflects this spiritual teaching.

I am interested by the suggestion in the film that the Martel family might also be descended from Mary Magdalen, as well as the Merovingian dynasty, for it was this family who, when serving the Divine Kings as Mayor's of the Palace usurped them; though a marriage was subsequently made into the Merovingian line.

The plan of the corrupt Cardinal is to use DNA obtained from the crucified Christ to clone a descendant but this foetus would be genetically corrupted so that the new Jesus would be an evil power. This raises interesting questions of whether the divine power of Christ lay in his very nature so residing in his DNA, was achieved as Gnostic enlightenment and recognised by God at his baptism, or given by God at that time to transform his nature. In short, this is the nature v nurture argument at a divine level. But returning to the film, there is the prospect of a sequel, for Mira is carrying Jake Martel's child who would be an uncorrupted descendant of the Lord.

Like The Da Vinci Code most of the film is based on assumption and speculation but at the level of entertainment it is exciting, fast moving and atmospheric. For those who know something of the matter on which the film is based it is an excellent portrayal, the sacred sex scene is superb, the focus, the patterns of breathing, the passion and the tenderness are all that one would wish for in spiritual love-making . The locations are wonderful, the ancient church on the Greek island of Patmos is just as one might dream, and the use of St Michael's Mount creates an appropriate setting for Lord Martel.

I wholeheartedly recommend this film both for entertainment and for a telling realisation of esoteric ideas. I hope it will be a stimulus for those who watch it to begin their own journey of enquiry and for them the DVD with its additional material would be most advantageous.

David Ingram with encouragement and ideas from Kelly Fleming, who first brought the film to my attention. July 2007.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Enticing, 7 Nov. 2003
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This review is from: Revelation [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Well I have to say that I was shocked when I bought this DVD in a bargin bin a while ago. I had read the mixed reviews, the trashing of everything etc, the only real reason I bought it was because Udo Kier is in it. Udo is a brilliant German actor who is their equivilant of Christopher Lee. A great cult actor who has been in loads of films, some Hollywood, most not.
The story is nothing short of fascinating. Its a brilliantly constructed storyline and the research and thought that has gone into this film must have been considerable. The acting is not A-star stuff, but this is not a big-budget film. The elements of the film are weaved together with considerable mettle to portray a clear view of what is a complicated plot.
Highly reccomended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, 12 July 2007
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Having an interest in the Knights Templar and Alchemy i was initially exited when i heard about this film, especially as it seemed to have a large budget for a british genre piece and featured a great cast including Udo Kier, Terence Stamp and Ron Moody... Then the reviews came pouring through, i don't think i can remember a movie coming in for such vitriolic comments before, phrases like 'unintentional comedy', 'complete disaster', 'waste of time' and others being hurled at it. I kept a thin vein of hope, then rented the DVD.
It's flaws are rather obvious, some of the effects look amateurish, Terence Stamp seems to have sent in his performance via carrier pigeon, some of the dialogue is risible, it occasionally borders on the pompous and there are some odd moments of misguided character development. So, why do i give it four stars.
Well, it's script, whilst pulled from several other esoteric sources plays like an adult Indianna Jones movie, and came a few years before Dan Brown's overhyped Da Vinci code, it covers the underground stream, sacred geometry, patterns of the night sky, the P2 enquiries, masonic orders it's a real kitchen sink affair, but it's a treat to see it all in a relatively commercial movie and not being dumbed down, although it does treat the source material liberally, the script moves along nicely and does have a sense of mystery to it.
The location work and cinematography are exceptional as is the powerful yet subtle music score. Udo Kier is fantastic, it's nice to see him in a role that lasts more than a few minutes and Liam Cunningham adds a few nice touches as a priest
If you have an interest in the material, i recommend checking it out it's a decent little thriller much better than it's critical drubbing would lead you to beileve.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revelation, 9 April 2003
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This is a brilliant film which I watched recently and have just bought on video. All the plot lines weave together beautifully and the Knights Templar connection and the modern technology needed to locate the Loculus is superb juxtaposition. A good suspens thriller that had me guessing all the way through. Well paced, good scenery, excellent portrayal of the characters and well worth watching! That is why I bought it.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS FILM IS AMAZING!, 16 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Revelation [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
I think that I have never seen a more informative film, in terms of its subject area. The only films that I have seen that are visually more beautiful are Captain Correlli's Mandolin, Le Reine Margot and A Girl With A Pearl Earring. The special features are brilliant because they explain the issues discussed; the relevance of sacred geometry in Christian and biblical imagery, for example. I am an aspiring film studies academic with a research interest in religions, faiths, beliefs and spirituality in film, and I did not completely understand all of this before! Fantastic, and well worth seeing.
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