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Six: The Mark Unleashed is a Christian end-times film released by Signal Hill Pictures in 2004. In the film, the world is taken over by a mysterious person called The Leader, who forces people to take what is called The Holy Implant. A group of Independents, which include Tom Newman (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a former cop who became a smuggler, and two carjackers, Brody Sutton (David White) and Jerry Willis (Kevin Downes), are put into a prison where they meet people who became Christians that share their faith with those who enter the facility before they are beheaded. The Independents plan to break out of the prison, but the smuggler has plans regarding his former wife Jeseca (Amy Moon), who had taken The Holy Implant.

The film also features Eric Roberts and Stephen Baldwin.


Six: The Mark Unleashed provides examples of:

  • The Antichrist: The Leader, who is heard mostly in his radio broadcasts.
  • As the Good Book Says...: The prison walls have Bible verses scrawled on them by the Christians to help Independents make a decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It does, however, make you wonder how anti-God this Leader of the One World Order is supposed to be if he's permitting this to go on in prisons.
  • Berserk Button / Green-Eyed Monster: Tom Newman doesn't like it when somebody mentions who his ex-wife may be sleeping with.
  • Blessed with Suck: A hologram initiates those who have taken The Holy Implant with all the supposed "benefits" of receiving it, while Christians know it's all with the eternal cost of going to the Lake Of Fire.
  • Bookends: The movie begins and ends with the group of new initiates being told the "benefits" of the Holy Implant, and Brody, one of the carjackers, narrating events as they have occurred in the movie's setting. This is significant because Brody ends up taking the Holy Implant at the end of the film.
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  • Brainwashed: What the Holy Implant does to people, and according to Independents, what being saved by Jesus Christ also does to people. Newman believes The Holy Implant was the reason his wife had separated from him, but it turns out to be otherwise.
  • Deus ex Machina: Just when you think the heroes are about to be killed by the Community's forces, Elijah Cohen appears out of nowhere to deliver them out of the situation and into safety. Justified, as he is God's servant in the story.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Tom, Brody, and Jerry fake being members of the Community in order to gain access to one of their quantum computers, complete with fake Holy Implants.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The inmates of the prison that have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and that have refused the Holy Implant, including Tom Newman.
  • Free-Love Future: The Community's holographic program instructs new initiates of the Holy Implant that with the New Order brought about by the Leader, things such as monogamy have been done away with so that people are free to move about with partners of either sex. Procreation is only allowed according to the will of the Leader.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: One of the carjackers, Brody, near the end of the movie regrets having taken The Holy Implant.
  • I Have Many Names: Rahab went by many names in her pre-Christian life.
  • Mark of the Beast: Which in the movie is called The Holy Implant.
  • Meaningful Name: Elijah Cohen, the mysterious servant of God, who fulfills Malachi 4:5 in the movie.
  • Meaningful Rename: One of the Christians working for the underground was named Rahab when she became a Christian. Bible students will know the name by the past life that she and her Biblical counterpart had lived.
  • Off with His Head!: Those who refuse to take the Holy Implant are subject to decapitation via guillotine.
  • Oh, Crap!: The moment when Jerry, one of the carjackers, realized that his attempt to crash the Holy Implant programming was All for Nothing as it ended up alerting the Community forces.
  • One World Order: The Community.
  • The Purge: According to the opening narration, The Leader killed 89 million people in North America alone during the first Purge, with the death toll presumably much higher in third-world countries. One of the people killed in the event was the narrator's girlfriend.
  • Second Coming: The movie's plot is about preparing for Jesus' second coming.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sound-Only Death: The death of Rahab is done with just the sound of a gunshot between scenes.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Elijah Cohen, who was presumably the hitchhiker that Tom and the carjackers were told to stop for in their prison breakout.
  • Torture Technician: Preston Scott, played by Brad Heller, who seems to enjoy this particular role.
  • With Us or Against Us: You're either part of The Community or a Christian. Being an Independent is not allowed, and the Community will actively hunt down Independents in order to force them to make a decision.