What if Jesus hadn't lived 2,000 years ago---but today? Would political, intellectual, and religious figures still reject him? This dramatic retelling of the story of Christ in a modern setting will make you wonder just how you would have responded to Jesus "back then." Features special effects, a great soundtrack of original songs, and DVD extras. Approx. 90 minutes.Community Description
It's the New Testament with a twist: In this futuristic parable that harks back to the passion of Jesus Christ, a faith healer named Jesse (John O'Banion) battles corrupt politicians, philosophers and priests to save the crumbling world -- only to have his follower Jude (Ramy Zada) ultimately betray him. Jeff Corey co-stars.
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Record Label Good Times Video
Format Color / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.58"
Weight: 0.205 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Publisher EMI CMG Distribution
Availability 0 units.
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|Put Down Your Bible and Put Away Your Brain Aug 19, 2005|
|There are a few Christian films out there that try to promote their view point of Biblical stories in a way that both understands and successfully illustrates the love of God. Unfortunately, there are also films that use heavy handed scare tactics in attempts to force people into believing it or else. Interestingly enough, the contrived "The Judas Project" falls somewhere in between.|
This oddball approach to the story of Jesus, as NOT presented in the four Gospels, transfers the most basic form of the story to America and sets it down in contemporary 1990. In the film, "Jesse" (John O'Banion) shows up on the scene with no explanation or reference to the virgin birth. He and his disciples, Pete (Ray Holtman) being among them, live together in a barn like structure located on the ocean front. Jude, an unbelieving type, is taken in and shown the truth by this savior.
At one point early in the film, Jesse takes Pete and two other disciples up on top of a mountain and reveals himself in spectacular 1980`s style effects. Yes, big water color clouds, animated lightning, and Jesse transforming into a white robed and bearded Jesus Christ. Swirling lights become Moses and Elijah for a moment. One of the disciples feint in an attempt at comedy relief, though this is not needed as the film provides unintentional laughs throughout.
Jesse is shown performing very meager miracles as the film goes on, such as feeding fifteen people on the beach with cheese and bread, or telling a hooker that this isn't the life for her. Jesse also foretells his death to his disciples, setting up things to come while the evil evangelical corporation (led by Richard Herd as Jerry Falwell look-alike Cunningham, standing in for Pontius Pilate) are out to indoctrinate him into their plans for world domination or else destroy him. Ponerous (Jeff Corey) is the true villain here though, snarling and fearing Jesse better than any Pharisee ever could. He was the best, hamming it up at every turn!
Things progress as assassination attempts are foiled at the hands of Jesse's super powers and such, until the point where Jude is paid thirty pieces of silver in a 1990's style briefcase, leading to gray jacket evangelical goons with Uzi weaponry capturing the would be messiah and his followers. Trying desperately to retain something akin to the Bible, Pete denies Jesse three times. Jesse has his shirt torn and is beaten. Jerry Falwell washes his hands of the situation, and evil snarling Ponerous decides to nail him up in the barn where he stayed, but not before evilly placing a crown of thorns on his head.
Now, the good part...a huge "paint poured into large water tank" storm approaches, casting an ominous shadow over the situation. Big animated lightning bolts start to fly from the God cloud ala Indiana Jones. God zaps the Uzi guys and also uses lightning to free the other disciples from their bonds. Ponerous gets scared and makes a run for it, with God zapping his footsteps every minute. God chases Ponerous in all of his fury into an old cemetery, and then into a roofless but really big matte painting of a mausoleum. God exclaims that He never knew Ponerous, then all the crypts lids blow off. Spirits fly up into the lit up center of the God storm like something from a Spielberg oldie, including an up close special effect of a confederate general. Then fire shoots down and consumes evil Ponderous, leading to a really awesome shot of the matte painting of the mausoleum with a column of fire pouring into it! If you didn't know that end times scripture comes along with Jesus...well, you do know!
Jesse dies, and his ghost leaves his body in a swirling gray pattern. Jude arrives after having flung his brief case of silver coins back over the fence of the huge evil evangelical empire's headquarters. He embraces Jesse and has flashbacks of how good he really was. Poor Jude, he has learned the truth and emerges as a tragic hero.
The film descends into a string of music videos to really bad Christian music and singing that tries its darndest to make you cry! We are then treated to a bumbling Pete trying to run up to the horse and buggy funeral procession with Jerry Falwell watching from the balcony of the evangelical headquarters. An officer of the law clubs poor Pete for daring to touch Jesse's coffin, but what is truly disturbing is the officer's giant sweat stain underneath his arm that the director chooses to zoom in on using slow motion!!! The awful series of horrendous songs continue.
Many flashbacks abound about how good Jesse was. Finally, in what seems an eternity of emotionally insipid singing, we are left with Pete standing over Jesse's grave at the beach. He asks forgiveness. Jesse appears to him and they embrace as credits roll.
I truly am flabbergasted by this film and the distorted version of the story of Jesus it presented, not to mention the death dealing version of God NOT taught by Christianity. The acting is hideously bad, though I still recommend this film simply because I love those old ILM style effects and it was just so fun watching a guy get chased down and zapped ala Zeus! Richard Edlund of Industrial Light & Magic fame was responsible for these special effects, so it is no wonder that images evoke fond memories of what we saw years ago in such blockbusters as CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, and POLTERGEIST.
If you are serious about your religion to such a degree that you cannot appreciate a comedy like this, then I would avoid it altogether. I do, however, encourage all others to seek out a copy of this for immediate viewing, for it is guaranteed entertainment if you are feeling down! Believer, Agnostic, or Atheist...watch this film now!
|No Subtitles Apr 28, 2005|
|For those that can stand it and don't mind having it among their DVD collection, be aware that for hearing-impaired individuals like myself--the DVD has no subtitles. That is, it has no selection for subtitles, nor can a television with built-in subtitle ability can detect no subtitles either.|
I had assumed such things were relatively standard, but with a film of such small budget, apparently it wasn't.
|POINTLESS INSULT Nov 16, 2004|
|THE JUDAS PROJECT? Where did they come up with the title for this pointless, painfully insulting movie? It posits the idea "What if Jesus came today?" However, in doing so, it offers nothing new or original and makes mockery of the actual coming of Jesus. It ignores the Last Supper, the Virgin Birth, and insults Christian's intelligence with its pandering psychobabble. The acting is atrocious, the special effects mundane and the musical score is banal and uninspiring. Their decision to make God vengeful and unforgiving at the Crucifixion is unforgivable. I don't know what the movie makers intended but this is one piece of trash that should never have made it to celluloid. Avoid, avoid!!!|
|Bad - Really Bad Nov 3, 2004|
|This is the worst movie I have ever seen. Other reviewers mention what happens in the end of the movie. How did they make it to the end? This is one of two movies I have walked out of the theatre during. What were they trying to do in this movie? What was the point? I don't know. I mean, Jesus Christ Superstar and Gospell already covered most of the territory in the film 20 years before this was released. In any case, bad writing, bad acting, bad special effects. One thing I learned in this movie: "You could lose your SOOOUUUULLLL, for thirty pieces of silver!" What a great song. Why doesn't this site have the soundtrack to this movie? Now that would be entertaining. There is some humor/camp merit to this film, but not enough to sit through more than 20 minutes.|
|PAINFULLY HORRIBLE Apr 17, 2004|
|I wish I could find something positive to say about this film, but it would be sinful not to warn others about it. I watched this film with some friends and felt compelled to apologize to them afterword. It's difficult to find the right words to describe how unbelievably bad it is. The acting is atrocious, the photography is horrible, the script is non existent and the ending brings a movie that is already painful to sit through to an excruiatingly, tortuous finish, like a slow painful death. It would be hell to be forced to watch this one again.|
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