Watched it online at NBC.com. Entertaining for a middle school-junior high group which is not a bad thing since I teach RE and am always looking for movies to help stimulate discussion among 8th graders.
The community board at NBC hated the film because it drifted far away from the book. Perhaps that’s why I found it entertaining. It did seem to have a not-so-Catholic-bashing lean to it which I doubt was the tone of the book. For a TV movie I give kudos to the producers for watering it down that much.
Cheesy predictable plot. Incredible events - even a first year PhD archaeologist knows better than to unseal a 700 year old container containing the supposed gospel of Jesus on a cliff overlooking a sea (or was that an ocean) - yes, of course the falcon will be nicely washed into an alcove of rocks within walking distance of the archaelogist rather than sink to the bottom of the sea where it lay for 700 years - a professional killer can’t use a scope on a rifle to kill or at least wound his targets, but he can destroy the compass, which of course, the older archaeologist memorized - and so on.
Got a kick out of Omar Sharif because I use the “Peter” dvd in my RE class in which he plays the apostle Peter as the story follows him from the betrayal to his execution. He looked good, I must say.
Can anyone help me with the premise of the Templars created a false gospel though? I still don’t understand why they felt the need to do so and what they expected it to accomplish, and whether the intent was to guard the document for all time or to get it to Rome when the ship went down?