The Genesis Code (Review)

Heavyhanded tale preaches to the choir

Feb 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Blake Truman (Logan Bartholomew), a star collegiate hockey player, strings less-than-enterprising journalist Kerry Wells (Kelsey Sanders) along like a hopeless puppy as he tries to find answers to some of life’s more meaningful questions. He’s supposed to be a bona fide stud muffin, but everyone knows he spends most of his time at the bedside of his comatose mother or spouting useless facts and trivia like he already has all of the answers.

Likewise, Kerry tends to browbeat others with her dogmatic religious beliefs, although she is studying paleontology. Every conversation comes framed as a treatise or a sermon until an all-too-brief segment attempts to explain the time discrepancies in Genesis through science (hence the title) and this marriage of fact and faith almost makes up for the first hour-and-a-half snoozefest. Unfortunately, the film goes right back to the hokey-pokey babble for another hour before ending with a “miracle” guaranteed to make viewers “believe” that the deck has been stacked the whole time.

The filmmakers (co-directors C. Thomas Howell and Patrick Read Johnson or screenwriter Michael W. Leighton) don’t trust science or the audience to be smart enough to draw their own conclusions. So The Genesis Code will likely only end up preaching to the choir and the faithful few already in the pews, which is too bad because if it had dropped the know-it-all pose and truly debated the questions, it might have inspired legions of would-be seekers, on both sides, to commit to a real quest for knowledge and truth. Grade: D-plus

Opens Feb. 18. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.