No, it's not a post about the DaVinci Code. But I thought the title was appropriate. I'm talking about The Celestine Prophesy.
I will admit to never having read the book that was an international best seller some 10 years ago. Originally self published, it was later republished by Warner Books in hard cover. Now the film is being step released as it is an independent production, currently in 25 cities.
The premise of the story is that eight sacred scrolls were discovered in Peru and they hold a prediction, or a, prophecy, and that prophecy now applies to current time. Set to paper either by, or during the time of the Pope Celestine, these scrolls are said to be life changing. There is also talk of a ninth scroll, but no one can seem to find it.
The message of the film is basically that we need to treat each other with respect and love and that giving this energy to others and getting it in return can and will transform humankind.
There's a subplot of the church and the Peruvian government trying to destroy the scrolls for fear that they will cause chaos and unrest.
Again, I never read the book. I'm assuming that the introduction to each of the tenants of the scrolls is done in such a way as to ease you into it. The film doesn't have that luxury.
So what ends up happening is a guy from Seattle, through a strange group of coincidences, finds himself in Peru, eventually at a commune where people stare intently at plants and vegetables. Described as "giving their attention to the plants" it just comes across a little silly.
I'm not saying the idea behind the book or movie is silly, but the film doesn't give us enough time to find out about the characters, to care about the characters, or digest what it is these tenets truly mean.
At the end we're told that the there is no ninth scroll, but by this time I really didn't care. Though we learn that the ninth teaching is the realization of practicing the other eight.
While the movie is short of two hours, it seemed longer. And the sad truth is that it probably should have been longer to give us more insight into the myriad characters who are the lucky few who have achieved the total teachings.
I don't often say this, but this film might have worked better as a mini series. At least we could have been eased into the new age thinking instead of having it thrust upon us.
Oh, and on our hero's trip home, he has another coincidence. There are actually 10 teachings! If they were hoping for a sequel....my prophecy is; I don't see it happening.