Film / The Omega Code
The Omega Code
is a 1999 thriller film directed by Robert Marcarelli, and produced by Matthew Crouch for Code Productions and Gener8xion Entertainment. In the movie's story, Dr. Gillen Lane, a self-help guru and Bible Code expert, is hired by political upstart Stone Alexander
(Michael York) to help with his campaign. It is then ever-so-subtly revealed to us that Stone is The Antichrist
, looking to bring about the Tribulation and Armageddon.
It was followed by a sequel, Megiddo
, in which we learn Stone's origins.
This movie contains examples of:
- A God Am I
- All There in the Script: While Udo Kier's character in Megiddo is never named in the movie proper, the credits list him as "The Guardian"
- The Antichrist: Stone Alexander.
- Because Destiny Says So: In the second movie a few of Stone's actions are explicitly for no reason other than that he is prophesied to do them, and he's so arrogant he thinks he can win anyway. The biggest is gathering all of the armies of the world together at Armageddon, which has no strategic benefit whatsoever and is just to show off his control of the world. The decision ultimately bites him by allowing a final attack by his remaining enemies and leaves his loyalists conveniently all gathered in one spot when God starts in with the orbital bombardment.
- Brother Chuck: Dominic, Cassandra and Lane, despite aiding Stone at various points in the first movie, are nowhere to be found in the sequel.
- Cain and Abel: David Alexander is the Abel to Stone's Cain. Fortunately, it is the Cain of this pairing that gets killed, or rather sent to the Lake of Fire.
- Chewing the Scenery: Michael York has quite a few moments in the sequel:
- The Chosen One: The movie Megiddo makes a big deal about David being this, but he ultimately gets his ass kicked and has nothing to do with the final victory, which God just does Himself.
- Continuity Snarl: There are no points of continuity between either movie, save for one scene where Stone kills his father (an event referenced in the first movie, and played out in the second). The timelines don't even gibe—the first movie is quite clearly set in 1998-99, yet the second movie, which didn't get to play with pre-millennial fears, sets the bulk of the story in 2011.
- Curse Cut Short: Prior to the scene where Stone is shot; upon seeing Gillen looking for evidence to use to expose Stone as The Antichrist; Dominic can be heard muttering "Son of a..."
- Deal with the Devil: Stone doesn't give people things in exchange for their soul, he lets them keep their souls if they give him what he wants. It isn't clear if he can actually back this up.
- Deus ex Machina: God, naturally, does this in both films.
- The Dragon: Dominic in the first film.
- DVD Bonus Content: Of the uninteresting variety. The first film comes with your average "Making Of" feature, which told us exactly what the Second Unit does. The second film comes with a speech from Hal Lindsey, some trailers and a bit of info on how they did the less interesting effects. Why they don't cover the dust hounds the False Prophet summons is a mystery.
- The End of the World as We Know It
- Evil Tastes Good: That bit in Megiddo where Stone and David talk about Stone's chances of getting what he wants...
Stone: I'll always have a chance in Hell, David.
- Gainax Ending: The sudden and rather abstract Deus ex Machina ending of the first film.
- The General's Daughter: In Megiddo, Stone manages to get the approval of his marriage to Gabriella by her father (in addition to not getting kicked out of military school) as a result of the general selling his soul.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Seeing as these are Christian films, this was to be expected. Gets really noticeable in Megiddo once you see R. Lee Ermey, a guy whose best known role was Cluster F-Bomb incarnate, talking about "blowing smoke up your hind quarters" and the "United BLESSED States of America".
- Hearing Voices: It's revealed that Stone hears voices, but the context of the story implies that these are real voices, and not auditory hallucinations as would occur in mental illness. After his resurrection, Stone reveals what appears on the surface to be thought insertion, a delusion where you believe some of your thoughts are not your own but come from the outside, but considering that he was resurrected after having been dead with no heartbeat in a room temperature place for quite a while, the context implies that these actually are somebody else's thoughts, namely the devil. Of course, Stone :proclaims himself to be God, but this would be more conceit, shared with the devil, than delusion.
- How We Got Here: Megiddo begins at the Battle of Armageddon, and the rest of the movie is a flashback to how it reached that point in the story.
- Jesus Taboo: In Megiddo once Stone is defeated by a literal Deus ex Machina, we see him being dragged to a pit of fire while repeatedly shouting "NAZARENE!"
- Meaningful Name: The newsreader/talk show host is named Cassandra. However, she is explicitly not The Cassandra.
- Military School: Young Stone is sent to one in Italy after he tried to burn his baby brother to death.
- Missing Mom: Stone's mother died giving birth to younger brother David.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Megiddo has a scene in which a black maid is comforting David when she mentions the Lord taking their mother but giving Stone David as a baby brother. Soon after, Stone (after having been initially possessed by Satan) then tries to kill David by setting his crib on fire.
- Poe's Law: The second movie especially departs heavily from the standard script for End Times movies, has the villain following the Book of Revelation as a script when there is no obvious reason to so, introduces a "chosen one" plot for the brother of the Antichrist which goes nowhere, features some rather bizarre theology for a Pentecostal film, and is topped by delightfully hammy performances. It still gets considerable play on Christian TV stations, though. The director has more-or-less admitted to playing this up for his own amusement when making it.
- Prophecy Twist: In the second movie, Stone relies on the "Kings of the East" passage from Revelations in assuming that the Chinese will appear at Megiddo to submit to him, even though the President of China has done nothing except state his opposition to Stone. A plague courtesy of Stone's demonic powers seemingly forces the Chinese to bend, but it's implied they have other plans in mind. A secret alliance with the US and Latin America is the ultimate twist, as what Stone had assumed to be the final jewel in his crown ends up being the first to stab him in the back.