The Genesis Code

The Genesis Code

On DVD: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Running Time: 
138 minutes

Are you tired of watching movies for their plot and wish there were more films designed to pound a message into their audience? If so, then perhaps you might enjoy The Genesis Code.

I'm being a little unfair. This isn't a terrible movie, at least not until the last few minutes, but it is a religious message first and a dramatic film second. A far distant second. Blake, a college hockey player, is like a local hero, but his mother is dying of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is a horrible thing because most of the time once a doctor finds it, it's too late to save the patient. Steve Jobs? Pancreatic cancer. He lasted a few years because it was found extremely early. Most people aren't so lucky and they get months to live. Anyway, Kerry works for the school paper and is doing a piece on Blake. Kerry is the daughter of a minister and believes that the Bible is 100% absolutely true, every word, without fault. Blake is far less certain.

So Kerry thinks Blake should pray for his mom, but Blake doesn't think praying works. Kerry gets him to agree to consider praying if she can prove that the book of Genesis in the Bible is true, and not a fable. Luckily, Kerry's brother is an astrophysicist, and together they come up with The Genesis Code.

I'm going to break here, because the movie does. Literally, the movie - the drama about a guy facing the loss of his mother - stops for about 45 minutes so that Blake can be shown, in detail, how the theory of time dilation can explain that the 15 to 16 billion years since the Big Bang equates to only 6 days from the perspective of God. It isn't a terrible theory. In fact, it's light years better than the "Earth is only 6 or 10 thousand years old and dinosaur bones are fakes placed by God" explanations. But this would work so much better as a documentary series that actually gets deeper into detail. Instead it serves to cut the film in half and paint an entirely different tone.

After Blake's head has been crammed with this new theory, he takes some time to reconsider his thoughts on God and prayer. He decides, of course, to pray.

Remember up there where I mentioned how deadly pancreatic cancer is? The movie ends terribly because Blake's prayer results in his mother being cured! After going to great lengths to show that science and faith don't have to be separate things, and that the scientific history of everything and the Bible are actually both correct, they destroy it by having the mom's pancreatic cancer cured through the power of prayer where science was literally killing her - a major point of the plot is taking the mother off life support. A woman, who is so far gone that she's being constantly doped to allieve the pain and is on a respirator because she can't breath on her own, and appears to be in a coma, suddenly wakes up, starts breathing, stops being in pain, sits up in bed and is laughing and joking with all her visitors, in just a couple hours, because her son prayed for her to get better. It just doesn't work that way... and I'm not saying prayer doesn't work, no, simply that people don't recover from coma-like, pain filled, cancer ridden states that quickly, except on TV and in movies. In a movie that tries so hard to be serious and make a scientific point, the end of the film is just a huge slap in the face that says, "Yeah! Science is nothing and faith is everything!"

I want my two hours back.

Review by Jason Pace
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