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The Omega Code

Starring: Casper Van Dien
Director: Robert Marcarelli
Genre: Thriller
Year: 1999
Rating: 1 / 5

Every once in a while, I have the "privilege" of watching a film who existence defies conventional wisdom. The acting is horrendous, the plot is ludicrous, and the action is just plain dull. This is not to say that The Omega Code is quite that deplorable, but it is dangerously close. This thriller, as it has been labeled in some media outlets, is a somewhat intriguing premise pumped full of hot air and dotted with acting performances that make those in Lake Placid seem Oscar-worthy. Even though the film lasts barely more than an hour and a half, it seems interminable, and I found myself begging for Judgment Day, if only to signal the end of this painful ordeal.

Gillen Lane (Casper Van Dien, proving once again that he can overact with the best) is a noted motivational guru who happens to believe that the Torah contains hidden codes. These codes foretell the end of days, and, theoretically, the untangling of these mysteries could lead someone to a position of ultimate power. Stone Alexander (Michael York) wishes to be that someone, and he will go to any lengths to do so. A couple well-placed murders and he is in possession of the tools necessary to break the code and ensure his own place in the annals of history. Alas, a portion of the code is missing, and it appears that Lane may hold the key to uncovering it.

I would further elaborate on this film's plot, but merely thinking about such an undertaking chills me to the core. Casper Van Dien must have the best agent in the world, for I have no other explanation for how he continues to obtain roles in mainstream Hollywood fare. He proves to be once again "up to the challenge" here, delivering a character that is unexciting and unredeemable. Though this man has no love for his family and is solely driven by his career, we are supposed to sympathize with him as a hero battling incredible odds. The rest of the cast does little to distinguish itself positively or negatively, though that might be a compliment considering that the story begins its downward spiral within five minutes of the opening credits.

Director Robert Marcarelli should be reprimanded for delivering such a half-baked piece of filmmaking, as this offering barely qualifies as viewable. Marcarelli thrusts the viewer right into the "action" from the outset, only to fail to explain what is really going on. As Stone Alexander begins to carry out the steps necessary to obtain unrivaled power, the plot skips along at will, glossing over seemingly important items. Marcarelli also fails to explain why everyone in the film suddenly seems intent on stopping Gillen Lane from his heroic objective. Nor does he bother to explain why a wealthy billionaire is prancing in front of the cameras, brokering peace in the Middle East, and then hosting impromptu world summits in a hospital gown. Merely rehashing these moments in my mind is agonizing enough - spare yourself the trouble and let The Omega Code remain unsolved.


Casper Van Dien..........Gillen Lane
Michael York..........Stone Alexander
Michael Ironside..........Dominic
Catherine Oxenberg..........Cassandra

Certification: Rated PG-13.
Running Time: 99 minutes.

Additional Info: Internet Movie Database
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